In Riebeek Kasteel, and a visit to the Wine Kollective seems in order

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, which is quite pretty, but my wander was slightly spoiled by some pretty heavy duty hassling for money from one of the guys who was hanging around. He started following me, but when I ignored him he decided to go away.

Right opposite my hotel is Mullineux’ small winery, and next to that, the Wine Kollective. This is a brilliant small wine shop stocking all the really exciting wines from this region, sold at cellar door prices. I bought a bottle that I was unfamiliar with, but which came highly recommended. At 120 Rand, this is brilliant – one of the very best South African Chenins I’ve tasted.

Intellego Chenin Blanc 2009 WO Swartland
14% alcohol. Pale yellow colour. Powerful, intense flavours of peach, toast, citrus and pear with a lovely mineral freshness keeping the richness at bay. It is ripe, rich and powerful, yet really fresh with some appley notes. Wonderful stuff. 94/100

4 comments to In Riebeek Kasteel, and a visit to the Wine Kollective seems in order

  • keith prothero

    Good to see you working hard today Jamie—-Have not tried that chenin but I do think most of the best chenin in the Cape comes from Swartland fruit.
    and I thought that before Mullineux even existed,just in case anyone out thee thinks I am prejudiced!!:)

  • If I recall correctly, that’s made by Jurgen Gouws at the Lammershoek cellar. His other wInes are really good too (esp the Syrah). I’m sure the guys at Lammershoek can get you in touch.

  • Raffi

    It is indeed Jurgen’s wine, Jurgen works at Lammershoek with Craig Hawkins. While you’re out there, check also Tobias, a wine made by Bryan McRobert who works with Eben Sadie. Enjoy the Revolution !

  • Tried the same wine a couple weeks ago and was equally impressed. By that time I wasn’t aware that it was from Jurgen.

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