Red, Swartland, 2015

  Donovan Rall

Red, Swartland

Contains Sulphites.

About Donovan Rall

One of the Swartland's rising stars, Donovan Rall set up in 2008 after a period of extensive global travel following a degree in Viticulture & Oenology at Stellenbosch University. Inspired by the great old vineyards of the Swartland, he believed that combined they would produce something special. He is now regarded as one of South Africa's most consistent winemakers. Rall is rightly lauded for his red and white blends, which are each produced in tiny volumes from a range of Mediterranean varietals.

Appellation: Swartland

Swartland is a large wine-producing area 65 kilometers (40 miles) north of Cape Town in the Western Cape of South Africa. Traditionally a wheat-producing region, it now specializes in making rich, fruit-driven wines particularly from the Shiraz, Chenin Blanc and Pinotage grape varieties. Swartland covers a large area, Encompassing the vineyards on the northern side of the Paardeberg mountain in the south to the plains of Piketberg in the north. The smaller ward of Riebeekberg and the Kasteelberg Mountain lie in the eastern part of the region, while the cooler district of Darling separates the area from the Atlantic Ocean. The topography is varied, and vineyards can be found on steep mountain foothills or on gently folding hillsides.

Grape Blend: Syrah | Grenache

Two of the key components of the top Southern Rhône blends, Châteauneuf-du-Pape the most famous example. The two are generally only found as a blend on their own in the Languedoc, used for fruit-driven, early drinking Vin de Pays wines. The Grenache with its body, sweetness and warmth and Syrah with its colour tannic structure and spicy black fruit characteristics, are ideally suited to each other.