Our Story

Our

Story

 

 

 

 

O N E I R I C; pronounced “Oh! – ne – rik” borrowed from Greek terminology and roughly translated as ‘dream’ is exactly that – a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the cool-climate Elgin Valley.

 

Unique amongst South African wineries, more than three-quarters of the scenic farm has been preserved as natural habitat—an oasis where oak trees pepper the landscape, geese and ducks swim the dams, and caracal, duikers and hares have been spotted roaming the hills. The property includes eight hectares of grapevines, two hectares apple trees, half a hectare olive trees, a lake, four trout dams and an exquisite picnic area. The diversity of ecosystems on the estate encourages beneficial insects and a myriad of bird species, including raptors and resident owl pairs.

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A recent addition to the farm is the green house, where new trees and flowers are grown from seed. Over the course of three years over 2000 trees have been planted on Oneiric. Ensuring greater ecological richness of their property and an opportunity for visitors to share Oneiric’s breathtaking vistas through hospitality.

The Pascall’s call the farm home and welcome guests to enjoy their backyard through the Oneiric Tasting/Picnic facilities.

 

 

The vines are unique in that the slopes suit the varieties planted there, the cooler sites house the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay and the warmer sites the red cultivars. The Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay show great freshness and natural acidity and the red wines are of a fuller style with dark fruit and spice not generally encountered in the Elgin area.

Oneiric
Oneiric

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Our wines showcase the typical character of the individual grape, which are representative of their terroir and produced in limited quantities. All our wines are well balanced, structured and of outstanding quality. They have depth and complexity to fully compliment fine cuisine.

Both the vineyards and the landscape combine to form the spectacular backdrop that together make Oneiric “dreamy.”

 

Copper Theme

Copper

Theme


Our family's involvement in Copper mining, inspired the unique labels.

Family

Heritage

 

 

It is thanks to Matt’s involvement in Copper mining that the family decided to play on a Copper theme with the labels, each varietal plays on a different copper derivative or sulphide; from Fools Gold and Malachite to the rich blue of Azurite and the Copper coloured Cousin Jack.

The result is a very metallic, stand-out, exquisitely beautiful label

The Newly released First Quantum Grand Reserve plays homage to First Quantum Minerals, one of the world’s biggest copper mines.

The full copper label collection is an unique and somewhat daring move away from the common label which has tongues wagging and have literally taken the wine world by storm.

The labels depict a richness, exclusivity and quality which follows through in the wine.

The Faces Behind Oneiric

The faces

Behind Oneiric


The Spirit behind everything Oneiric.

Shan

Pascall

 

Me

 

Shan Pascall, the spirit behind everything Oneiric, brings all the magic to the table. Her enthusiasm and passion for the farm and the wine is as much a selling point as the wine itself. And it’s not hard to see where that passion comes from, for any visitor to Oneiric will tell you that the farm, like it’s name suggests, is a dream like encounter – beauty abounds from all corners of the farm and the Kogelberg Biosphere adds to its spectacular backdrop.

Shan is the middle child of the Pascall’s who is fast making Oneiric one of South Africa’s most sought after wines. Born in Zimbabwe and schooled in Johannesburg, Shan jumped at the opportunity to run the wine side of Oneiric in late 2011. Shan’s father, Matt Pascall, bought the farm both for it’s aesthetic beauty as much as for a change of lifestyle in 2007. Finding that there where already established vines on the farm, Matt approached his long time friend Andrew Gunn (Iona) and asked him if he’d see what the vines could produce.

Over the course of three years Matt drank his way through about 500 bottles of the growing collection.  Shan soon realised that he was never going to get through the 95 000 wines that were now in storage and suggested that she take the wines to market.

Shan relocated to Cape Town and in January 2012 threw herself into the task of getting Oneiric off the ground, she acquiring the required liquor licensing for the farm in a record 8 months, getting labels designed, bottles labelled, all logistics in order, suppliers sourced, Cape Wine courses under her belt and had the wines ready to take to market by WineX Cape Town in November 2012.

Shan took her brother Blaize along for support at WineX, and while busy with a trade customer, heard Blaize tell Micheal Fridjon (Reciprocal Wines), “No, we don’t lease (lees) the wine, we own to sell”.  Mr Fridjon left the stand making notes and turned to team Oneiric with the simple line “I like you.. you’re fresh!

Shan’s philosophy for Oneiric is exactly that; a fresh, out-of-the-box approach. Within three years of introducing Oneiric to the market, Oneiric is already well recognised as one of South Africa’s finest wineries with all wines receiving huge acclaim across the board and scoring points time and time again in their 90’s (100 point system).

Shan has elevated the winery’s relentless commitment to quality in every aspect of the business.  She is behind the licensing, operations, wine sales and marketing and if you drop in at the farm for a tasting, Shan will likely be there to greet you with a warm welcome and a smile.  Her natural ability to chat to anyone means that guests often arrive as strangers but leave as friends.

Winemaker

Our

Winemaker


‘It’s about knowing that when you buy a bottle of Oneiric, what’s inside is genuine and made with integrity.’

Neils

Verburg

 

Niels Verburg (Luddite) has been our wine maker since 2012. His elegant style is evident in all our wines, producing wines that are seamless, well structured, and beautifully balanced. His approach to wine making is to farm conscientiously with minimum mechanization and to make wine’s that are as natural as possible, with little or no intervention.

‘It’s about knowing that when you buy a bottle of Oneiric, what’s inside is genuine and made with integrity.

Our aim is to create wines of balance, balance between fruit, acidity, tannin, and alcohol ensuring both a wine of finesse and enduring elegance and, a thread of continuity in style from vintage to vintage. We are committed to a timeless style of wine renowned by chefs, sommeliers and consumers alike for its food pairing affinity.

Farm

Management


A visit to the farm is always breath taking because of all the love that is poured into everything they do.

Oneiric's

Team

 

The Oneiric Team consists of 11 full time staff who we consider part of our extended family.  Without this team, Oneiric would be a pipe dream.

Not only do they keep the vines in tip top shape but they look after each and every other aspect of keeping the farm pristine, well-kept and managed; which means a visit to the farm is always breath-taking because of all the love that is poured into everything they do.