Pearl Mountain Wines

Pearl Mountain wines are inspired by the dedication of 5 generations of Retiefs to this unique tract of terrior. The farm produces two ranges, Retief and Stubborn Man, under the Pearl Mountain label. All the grapes are grown on the farm and are sourced from single block vineyards on the cool, east-facing slopes of the Paarl Mountain.

Since 1873 the Retief family have been living up to their name by battling the elements, great granite boulders, grey-suited bank managers, and of course, each other. Stubborn Man contains the fruits of that stubbornness: a particularly agreeable wine especially crafted to give life a little more flavour, just like all those stubborn people in your family and ours.

Stubborn Man Wines

Stubborn Man CHARDONNAY (UNWOODED)  2015

Frivolous & juicy expression of Chardonnay in its increasingly popular unwooded form. Freshly cut Granny Smith apple, grapefruit, and citrus blossom aromas introduce a palate that is lifted by bright acidity with a dry tail. Perfect al fresco summer companion, particularly suitable for shellfish and simply prepared white line fish dishes.

Stubborn Man SAUVIGNON BLANC  2017

A zesty Sauvignon Blanc with a crisp finish and a good balance of acidity and residual sugar. Full of tropical fruit and grassy flavours, with intense passion fruit, pineapple, litchi and grapefruit characters on the nose.

Stubborn Man CHENIN BLANC 2017

Zesty and crisp with refreshing acidity and full of tropical fruit and citrus flavours. Aromas of guava, litchi, pineapple and grapefruit on the nose.

Stubborn Man ROSé 2017

A solid showing for the first Rosé, produced from equal parts Shiraz, Merlot and Cab Sauv. Well-balanced and dry with crisp acidity and medium body. Red berry flavours follow through on the palate with lingering floral notes, accompanied by delicate flavours of strawberry and raspberry fruits on the nose. A great accompaniment to seafood or creamy pasta dishes.

Stubborn Man MERLOT / SHIRAZ  2015

Bourdeaux tussles with the Rhone. Strategic intervention in both cellar and vineyard bolster total terroir expression. The slopes of Paarl Mountain produce classic, polished and elegant wines, while deft oaking provides subtle support, allowing lovely red fruit purity to shine. Still an infant, with a bright future.

Stubborn Man MERLOT 2015

Rich ripe fruit with supple, chalky tannins which afford early enjoyability. Produced in traditional open fermenters (oopkuipe) and aged one year in 1st fill French oak barrels, the 2015 Merlot is characterised by layers of dark berry flavours, lovely balance and intensity interwoven into elegant structure. Best enjoyed with red meats, game dishes and good friends, it will reward further cellaring.




Retief Wines


The premium cuvee, all from fruit off the farm, shows serious intent with hazelnut and toasted oak notes framing the opulent blood orange and fleshy white and yellow stone fruit. The wine is showing rich characters of sweet vanilla and marzipan, typical for a wooded Chardonnay from Paarl origin, but with a lovely chalky dryness that makes this a perfect companion to Paella, smoked Trout or cream based pasta.


A gutsy and broad expression of the variety, with full intensity and full bodied, brooding fruit. Dark berries combine with spearmint, plum pudding, cocoa powder and vanilla. Ripe and generous, but also structured, displaying sound balance and effortless oak integration. The tannins are plush and accessible, making for fine drinking pleasure already. Pair with good charcuterie, roast chicken or game stews.


Optimal ripeness displayed in brooding black fruit aromas with a slight, subtle undertone of garrigue and wet clay. These endearing aromas follow onto a full bodied palate that is youthful for a 2014 vintage, and confirms flavours of cassis, dried herbs and sandalwood, with a touch of leather developing. A confident and classy showing of Cabernet with lots of promise. This will marry well with hearty, earthy dishes like mushroom risotto, root vegetable stews or cassoulet.


The 2014 Shiraz is exuberant next to the 2012, showing more youthful elements of blueberry fruit, black cherry, meat spice, cassis and black pepper. Similarly full bodied and lush, but with lively acidity and grippy tannins. This wine will benefit from more time in the cellar if patience allows, otherwise serve decanted with a juicy cut of grilled red meat prepared medium rare, with a peppercorn sauce.

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