With over 90,000 hectares under vine, South Africa is currently the world’s eighth largest wine producer. Those 90,000 hectares contain the oldest viticultural soils, with some dating back over 400m years. Coupled with the ocean currents that blow over the Cape winelands, this creates a unique terroir for wine production.

Fells has recently strengthened its portfolio of premium South African wines with the addition of Capensis. 

Capensis, meaning “from the Cape,” is a leading producer of world-class South African Chardonnay. Its commitment to Chardonnay comes from the belief that the truly great vineyard sites around the world are revealed by only a few noble grape varieties.

Capensis is owned by Barbara Banke, one of the wine world’s leading figures. As Chairman and proprietor of Jackson Family Wines, Barbara has spent the last two decades leading the company she co-founded with her late husband of 25 years, wine legend and visionary Jess Jackson.

The company’s winemaker, Graham Weerts, is a Cape Town native who spent his childhood and the early part of his winemaking career in South Africa. For him, Capensis represents a return to his roots and is grounded in his belief that Chardonnay is a window to terroir.

Capensis winemaker portrait
Graham Weerts

With its focus firmly on world-class Chardonnay, Capensis produces just three wines.

Capensis Silene Chardonnay NV

Capensis Silene Chardonnay

A blend of two unique mountain vineyards chosen specifically to showcase the profound flavour profile found in this region. For the ‘Chardonnay Lover’ who enjoys indulging in Chardonnay with every occasion. A linear, acid-driven expression of high-altitude Stellenbosch.

Capensis Fijnbosch Chardonnay NV

Capensis Fijnbosch Chardonnay

A layered, complex expression of the Western Cape and its exceptional vineyard sites, on par with the great Chardonnay wines of the world. Crafted to age gracefully and gain complexity over time, each vineyard block is selected for the characteristics it lends to the final blend. For the ‘Chardonnay Enthusiast’ with a palate for drinking and ageing Chardonnay.

Capensis Chardonnay NV

Capensis Chardonnay

Sourced exclusively from the “Flowers” block on our estate Fijnbosch vineyard. Crafted from the highest planted vines in the Stellenbosch District wine growing region. Produced only in the very best vintages. For the ‘Chardonnay Collector’ that understands the positive impact of age on Chardonnay.