A joint venture between winemaker Martin Smith and businessman Ndabe Mareda, their goal is to produce fine wines that are truly authentic to the place and people that made them. They call both Franschhoek and Tulbagh home, with a beautiful tasting room and some vineyards in the much loved foodie town of Franschhoek, and a recently purchased farm in the lesser known region of Tulbagh. It is here where self confessed Cabernet junkie Martin sees the greatest potential for the grape in the Cape, and where they are planting for the future.
The name derives from the Latin Passeriformes, the type of bird that includes swifts, swallows and martins; all birds that follow the epic migration from Europe to South Africa, representing the often travelled route by young winemakers gaining experience abroad before returning to their home country.
The Elements range was introduced in the Summer of 2020 offering a more affordable range of super wines. As Martin says, “the wines to drink and enjoy whilst you wait for the flagship range to mature!”
100% Chardonnay sourced from three vineyards with very different soils – Elgin (bokkeveld shale), Tulbagh (decomposed shale) and Franschhoek (sandy soils). Barrel fermented and aged in French oak, with about 15% of new French oak.
Beautiful citrus notes, lemon curd and jasmine on the nose, followed by candied lemon peel, crystallised pineapple, creme patisierre, almond croissants loaded with marzipan and a toasty roundness on the palate. Soft and broad, yet dense, full of elegance.
Enjoy at an alfresco lunch with pan fried seafood or a summer salad.