Don't blend in when you can stand out. Grow cultivars that are atypical for the region and make them excell.
It is with this mindset that today Spioenkop's Riesling, Chenin and Pinotage are amongst the best in the country.
Listen to the vines and listen to the terroir, and you get the best out of both.
The story behind the name
When aquiring the farm 2008, it had the name Spioenkop, for its ressemblance to the hill in Natal where the Battle of Spioenkop took place in 1900. Koen, being passionate about history and story telling, decided to keep the name and use the Spioenkop Hill as inspiration for the brand.
Hence the 2 ranges: Spioenkop and 1900. Spioenkop includes the atypical varietals - atypical for the Elgin region: Pinotage, Chenin and Riesling. 1900 are the classic Elgin varietals such as Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. This does not mean there is a difference in quality: all of the wines are made with the same passion and sense for precision. It rather reflects the stubborness of the winemaker :-)
Also, Koen likes to talk about his wines as his Ladies and therefore decided to name 3 wines after strong women who played a prominent role in the Anglo-Boer War, or broader, in South-African history.