The Swartland Revolution & Ken's 5 Current favourite wines you must drink before you leave Cape Town
31 January 2015
Another revolution that is happening in wine, is in the Swartland area where a number of exceptional wine makers are making big names for themselves. AA Badenhorst family vineyard is owned by cousins Adi and Hein. Their grandfather was the farm manager at Groot Constantia for 46 years. The two have restored a neglected cellar on the farm in the Swartland and are making natural wines in the traditional manner.
Mullineaux was awarded the 2014 platters SA winery of the year.
A husband and wife team – Chris and Andrea. Mullineaux is a small highly focused family winery based in the village of Riebeek Kasteel.
They are best known for their Granite Syrah, Schist Syrah, Straw wine, Syrah and White Blend.
Callie Louw is the winemaker at Porseleinberg creating organic Syrah vintages.
The Sadie Family with Eben Sadie at the helm has been inspirational in putting Swartland on the map. They produce a small portfolio of highly coveted wines based on Rhone varieties including Syrah, Viogner, Mourvedre, Grenache, Marsanne among others.
All this talk of wine can make a person a little thirsty but also a little confused as to what to drink first. Thankfully the ever helpful Ken McKenzie is here to give you his suggestion of 5 current favourites that you must drink before you leave the country.
“Only 5 wines that’s difficult
In no particular order
Thelema “ The Mint “ Cabernet Sauvignon ( great Cab )
Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal ( perfect red Blend )
Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc
The Foundry Grenache Blanc ( for something different)
KWV Reserve Sauvignon Blanc ( for everyday quaffing)
Next time ask me for a few more.”
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