|In 1994, Anthony Hamilton-Russell founded Southern Right
Cellars as a Pinotage specialist, convinced that Pinotage has
the intrinsic qualities to produce truly world-class wine with
a distinct South African expression and typicity. As an early
ripening grape, it is Anthony’s belief that Pinotage will perform
best in cooler, maritime areas, where a longer, slower
ripening season will afford fully developed tannins and a
greater fruit complexity.
In partnership with winemaker Kevin Grant, the team initiated plantings on four carefully chosen, clay rich sites in the cool, maritime Walker bay appellation. Following in-depth soil research on Hamilton-Russell vineyards, Anthony and Kevin were able to discern that the most site-expressive and complex wines will be produced off of the stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soils in the area. In 1998, a 113 hectare farm in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near Hermanus, was purchased as a central home for the Southern Right Cellar.
The first Southern Right Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc were released in 1995. Plans over the long term are to produce up to 10,000 cases each of Pinotage and Sauvignon Blanc. The focus of Southern Right Cellars will always be to achieve the highest possible degree of quality, individuality and site expression.