Five “natural” wines from South Africa that are really good! | Britt on Forbes

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There is a wine revolution quietly going on in South Africa. Or more correctly, a second revolution. The first one was when apartheid ended and the KVW iron grip on the wine sector also came to an end. That led to the birth of the modern wine industry in South Africa, where today you can find many very exiting wineries producing outstanding wines.

The “revolution” that is happening now, since a few years back, is perhaps less overwhelming and on a smaller scale, but it is also very interesting. There is a new breed of winemakers experimenting with new styles, new grape varieties (or actually old!), and working with techniques that can sometimes be on a knife’s edge. We talked about this new “revolution” in the interview we did recently with Wine Rebels: South Africa’s wine rebellion.

We recently had the opportunity to taste a series of wines from two representatives of this movement, if you can call it that.

Silwervis Chenin Blanc 2014 Swartland
Silwervis Chenin Blanc 2014 Swartland, copyright BKWine Photography

Read more on this in Britt’s article on Forbes: Five Great Avant-Garde Wines That Show You The New South Africa.

Here’s the introduction:

Some outstanding and much talked about wine producers in South Africa at the moment make wine that are different from what you normally would expect from this country. They make small quantities and they are based in lesser-known regions. They have a penchant for cinsault and chenin blanc, two of the original Cape grapes. They prefer to work with old vines and always with very few additives. Some would call their wines natural wines. But more importantly, they make wines with character and personality.

We have tasted wines from two of these young, innovative and ambitious South African wine producers. Three of the tasted wines come from Swartland, a region north of Paarl and Wellington. Here you won’t find that many wine tourists. Swartland is a bit remote but very exciting. 

Read more on this in Britt’s article on Forbes: Five Great Avant-Garde Wines That Show You The New South Africa.

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Cool climate vineyard landscape in Walker Bay on the south coast
Cool climate vineyard landscape in Walker Bay on the south coast, copyright BKWine Photography
Mount Abora Koggelbos Chenin Blanc 2014
Mount Abora Koggelbos Chenin Blanc 2014, copyright BKWine Photography
Palmiet Elgin Pinot Noir 2015, JH Meyer Wines Signature
Palmiet Elgin Pinot Noir 2015, JH Meyer Wines Signature, copyright BKWine Photography
Elands Rivier Pinot Noir 2015, Elandskloof
Elands Rivier Pinot Noir 2015, Elandskloof, copyright BKWine Photography
Mount Abora Saffraan Cinsaut 2015
Mount Abora Saffraan Cinsaut 2015, copyright BKWine Photography

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