Simply delicious! Bursting with bright red fruit cranberry, raspberry and strawberry. Pale, chillable, meaty. Summer BBQ vibes!
It is very pale colored, like a dark rosé, like a Cerasuolo or Poulsard from the Jura. Completely translucent (see picture). The nose is a bit reductive upon opening, but opens nicely and blossoms with air over 30 min or so. The nose intensity is moderate, light and very fresh, almost like it’s about to fall apart, but manages to hold together. Aromas of cranberry, strawberry, pink Jolly Ranchers, with a background of pungent herbs (rosemary?), and juicy fruit gum. Not a trace of the acetone that Pinotage is infamous for.
In the mouth, it’s light in body. There is no tannin, and no discernible alcohol. The flavors are predominately red fresh and candied fruits, though not overwhelmingly so. There is an interesting refreshing bitterness on the finish, kind of like an Italian wine- a bit like a digestif. Surprisingly, the length is medium, not super short. All in all, a geeky, enjoyable wine that went fabulously with a weeknight homemade curry. Best with a light chill."
A sommelier-winemaker collaboration between Ewan Mackenzie & Christa Von la Chevallerie of Huis van Chevallerie. This wine brings back the old-school joy of Beaujolais-Nouveau... but with a South African vibe, utilizing early-harvested Pinotage.
Vineyard planted in 1969 (average vine age: 52 years)
Hand-harvested estate fruit
Vinification: Carbonic maceration, fermented with native yeasts in 225hL French oak barrels
Aging: In cement & bottle
Certified Sustainable. Vegan. Natural wine.