About Mount Rozier
Purchased by the Gabb family in 2009, Mount Rozier was founded at the turn of the 19th century by Annie Rozier, a flower merchant. She picked wildflowers in the Schapenberg hills surrounding her family’s homestead and famously, she also produced natural remedies and medicines for the local community. In the 1920s, the Stellebosch-based estate formed part of Myrtle Grove, where the first ever commercial plantings of Pinotage were grown in 1941 by Professor Perold.
Designed to stand out on grocery shelves, the new Mount Rozier labels have a focus on bold colour, vibrancy and being unmistakably South African. Each Reserve label tells a story and is named after real people, wildlife or places found on the farm.
Dynamic winemakers Leon Esterhuizen and Terence Capes use progressive methods in the cellar to create a range of easy-drinking wines to suit all palates. These include a minimal intervention philosophy, fermentation and ageing in amphorae and concrete eggs, adding a complex layer to fruit-forward wines.
Mount Rozier Classics
Mount Rozier Reserve
Wild Peacock Chardonnay
The Mount Rozier Family
At Mount Rozier, we are focussed on producing cool climate, elegant wines with zero compromise on quality. We make wines that are intricate, elegant and true to our terroir and the climatic benefits of our region.
Rollo has been working with Mount Rozier since its conception. He joined the wine industry in 1997, and having gained experience working vintages at Wirra Wirra in Australia and Highfield in New Zealand, joined Western Wines in 1998. He spent eight years selling wine to major multiples and retailers and has additional experience of the on-trade, having been involved in London’s successful FINO, Barrafina and Quo Vadis restaurants.
Location & Vineyards
Mount Rozier’s name is inspired by Annie Rozier and the estate’s unique location, surrounded by the Hottentot and Helderberg mountains in the Stellenbosch winelands, which are home to an abundance of native flora and fauna, overlooking False Bay. Sustainably and ethically producing Mount Rozier wines is at the heart of what we do, with the utmost respect given to the environment and local communities. We source our grapes from trusted partners across the Western Cape to create a range of fruit-forward, easy drinking wines that are enjoyed by all.
Our vines are influenced by their location in the Western Cape, and we work with nature to allow each wine to express the unique terroir and environment in which the grapes were grown:
EARTH: Surrounded by mountain ranges, the Stellenbosch, Coastal and Western Cape wine regions where our wine is grown benefit from some of the most prestigious terroir in South Africa. Vines grow at varying altitudes on slopes, and in rich soils such as 350-million year old decomposed granite, and Tukulu soil.
SUN: The climate of these wine growing regions is often characterized by warm days and cool evenings, which allow grapes to slowly ripen and develop complex fruit flavours. Nearby Mountain ranges protect the vineyards are from harsh sunlight and extreme temperatures, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly, as well as helping preserve the grape’s natural acidity and fresh citrus aromas.
WIND: Stellenbosch and Coastal regions benefit from the south-easterly winds that come in from nearby False Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, known locally as the ‘Cape Doctor’. These winds are cooling and cleansing in the vineyards, giving the fruit naturally bright and fresh qualities.
WATER: Cooling mists roll in from the nearby Atlantic Ocean, allowing grapes in the Stellenbosch and Coastal regions to grow in cool coastal conditions. High rainfall of up to 700mm per year also ensure grapes retain their elegant fruit flavours.