Dirty Julie, a Verdelho from the Swartland

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Dirty Julie, a Verdelho from the Swartland


I love everything about this wine. The packaging (you can’t see the wax capsule in this picture), the grape variety (Verdelho), the winemaking (natural ferment), the flavour, and – of course – the price (it’s not expensive, at around 55 Rand retail in South Africa).

It’s made by David Cope and Simon Wibberley, at Adi Badenhorst’s place. There’s not much of it made, so it will be hard to be track down, but I’m glad people are making wines like these and they deserve to be talked about, even if they aren’t mainstream.

Dirty Julie 2012 Swartland, South Africa
Quite rich, with some pear and peach fruit. Textured and broad in the mouth with some mineral and spice notes adding interest under the ripe, textured fruit. It’s a delicious drink, with a hint of seriousness to it. 91/100

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