Swartland-based Mullineux is one of the most respected of the new wave of South African wine estates, and in the 2012 Platter Guide they achieved a remarkable clean sweep of three out of three five star wines.
Last year they added two more wines to their portfolio: a pair of high-end Syrahs named ‘Granite’ and ‘Schist’. [...]
I have written before about how export approval systems in New World wine-producing countries can hinder producers who operate outside the commercial norms (here: http://www.wineanorak.com/exportapproval.htm)
It’s a big problem for natural winemakers. You make a really good wine, have customers abroad clamouring to buy it, and you can’t sell it because a group of conventionally minded winemakers [...]
A short film of Lammershoek’s vineyards, which I find rather beautiful. They’re just typical of the Swartland, with most of them dry-grown bush vines.
I have just written up my visit to Swartland producer Lammershoek, which you can read here.
It was unusual for two reasons. First of all, they’re making a new series of wines, called ‘Cellar Foot’. These are heaven for wine geeks: oddities bottles in small quantities. I tried one, as yet unreleased example: a varietal Hárslevelű, [...]
Two wines I shall go out and buy: the red and white LAMs by Swartland start Lammershoek, who since the 2010 vintage have been on fire. These were tasted today at the Richards Walford tasting. Retail price on both is £11, which makes them real bargains. And I love the labels.
LAM by Lammershoek Chenin Blanc/Viognier [...]
A short, rough and ready film of the 2011 Swartland Revolution:
Me trying to be a revolutionary!
What can be said about the Swartland revolution?
One of the planet’s most remarkable wine events has come and gone. It was an incredible experience, and I was so thrilled to be part of it.
Everything about it just worked. The scale – around 280 people – was perfect. [...]
The Swartland revolution is soon to kick off. Before then, I have about 20 minutes to blog on some of the fun I’ve been having in the last day or so.
Last night I went to dinner at Callie Louw’s place on Porseleinberg (Porcelain Mountain), along with a whole bunch of winemakers, and the [...]
So I arrived in Cape Town this morning, picked up a tiny, under-powered rental car, and headed out to Riebeek Kasteel, in the Swartland. Tomorrow, the Revolution begins.
I got a bit lost in Malmesbury, because of a road closure, but arrived around 1 pm at the Royal Hotel. So I decided to walk around town, [...]
Yesterday I attended a brilliant tasting. It was a vertical of Eben Sadie’s Columella, hosted by the man himself.
Columella is Eben’s signature wine. It’s a Syrah with a dash of Mourvedre, from five distinct terroirs in the Swartland region of South Africa. We tasted all the releases so far, from 2000 to the not-yet-released 2009. [...]