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Deux Frères was founded in 2008, when brothers Retief and Stephan du Toit decided to continue the heritage as a “wine family” left to them by their mother and stepfather, Hester and Marc Wiehe. They bequeathed us the foundation on which Deux Frères is built.
It is the philosophy of Deux Frères that nature and geography, or the terroir, make the wine. This process culminates in the cellar where a policy of minimum intervention is followed. It is in the light of this that Stephan rather describes himself more as a traditional vigneron, driven by taste and intuition, than a modern winemaker with all the exactness that that entail.
When you taste a Deux Frères wine you can taste the sun and the soil. It is an expression of our love for our small piece of heaven.
Towards each other, our fellow man and our environment.
We produce only the best and offer excellent value.
We work hard and take responsibility for our actions.
We do our own thing and stay true to ourselves.
Our customers can trust us to provide an outstanding product of uncompromising quality and to live up to our sustainability responsibilities.
After studying viticulture at Elsenburg Agricultural College, Stephan spent six years under the tutelage of celebrated South African wine-making legend Francois Naudé at L’Avenir Wine Estate. In 2007, he joined the team at Marianne in the Simonsberg area of Stellenbosch. During this period, he was seconded to the owner’s other farms in France for a harvest, being fortunate to gain experience at Chateau Montlese and Chateau Desteux in St. Emillion and Chateau La Clemence in Pomorol.
Retief has followed a career in the financial industry. An experienced fund manager, he is responsible for the farm finances and loves to get away from the markets by hosting our weekend wine-tastings or tending to the beautiful gardens at Deux Frères.
The first harvest of 2011 saw the brothers well set to achieve their dream of producing iconic wines for the future.
Deux Frères is situated on the bank of a natural dry run/wetland on the westerly slope of the Simonsberg Mountain.
There is an old saying that the wines from the lower part of a slope, which has the heaviest soils and suffers most from a lack of drainage, are for the monks. Wines from the top part of the slope, which has the least rain but where the sun does not have a solar-panel like focus, are for the cardinals. But, the wine made from the middle “thermal belt” of a slope, which has perfect sun orientation and where rain runs off, is the wine of the pope.
Deux Frères has a westerly aspect. The canopies of the vines protect the bunch area from the sharp morning sun, but as the day progresses and the sun moves over to the western side, the bunches are exposed to the more mellow afternoon sun.
The vines are planted in narrower rows than what is traditionally the norm for the area. This forces the roots to compete for nutrients and moisture deep in the soil with small roots even penetrating the granite bedrock.
The vines are planted in a north south direction allowing the South-Easter wind to move freely through the rows. This cools the grapes down, lengthening the ripening period to achieve optimal ripeness and also acts a giant blow drier, drying any moisture from occasional rain. The free movement of the wind also helps with the containment of fungi in the canopies of the vines.
Scientific soil analysis showed that Deux Frères is ideally suited to the production of red varietals and has four distinct soil types.
Cabernet Sauvignon was planted on the highest and the lowest parts of the farm totalling 1.1 ha. The top part is more gravel by nature with granite bedrock. The bottom 0.15 ha block of Cabernet has a clay base that offers great diversity. Three different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon were planted to enhance flavour profile and complexity. This is the backbone of our Liberté Bordeaux blend.
Below the area where the Cabernet is planted, is a mezzanine area. This is situated between the granite and a sandy clay base area, where broken granite and gravel is prevalent. Mourvedre (0.32 ha) and Shiraz (0.5 ha) were planted here as they are known to be quite vigorous in growth. These grapes are used to produce our Rhone blend, Fraternite.
Petit Verdot (0.36 ha) and Malbec (0.1 ha) were planted on the sandy clay-base soils. Together with the Cabernet they add body and a beautiful mid-palate to the Liberte.
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Leaving I knew I had tasted some very special wines made with love and attention. The Fraternité 2015 is remarkable. It is superb and a trophy winner. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Liberté follow closely, distinguished and profound, the straight Mourvèdre is unique and absolutely pristine. But what stayed equally in my mind as I drove back through the vines was the affection, understanding and good natured humour and laughter of the brothers. The vineyard is perfectly named. – Dave March, Cape Wine Master
Tasting a wine that is more approachable, with structure, and which opens up and evolves, is absolutely fantastic – that is what Deux Frères Wines is all about, an exhilarating wine experience... Take time out, sit back and relax with a glass of Deux Frères Fraternité 2012 Shiraz-Mourvèdre and you will appreciate why this classic, well-respected wine could never be excluded from its rightful position among wine connoisseurs.
The show-stopper has to be the 2013 Fraternité... Intense ruby garnet in colour, this superbly crafted wine boasts aromas of dried prunes, apricot and mushrooms. The palate is expressive with a great structure and tannins. The American oak complements the wine with some sweetness of black cherries - almost like liquorice. I really loved the sophistication and elegance of this wine. – Elvina Snell Fortuin
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