This month we visit the southern hemisphere for a pair of exciting wines:
The Swartland name originates from a description of the indigenous “renosterbos” or rhino bush, which appears to turn black, (“Swart” in Afrikaans) during the summer months.
Big open skies, arid deserts, the vast flowing landscape, with its unforgiving climate and rugged bush vines, this is wild country, this is Swartland. The contrast with manicured Constantia and oh-so-cool Stellenbosch couldn’t be greater. But right now, Swartland is the most exciting wine region in South Africa. A new wave of winemakers are making ground- breaking wines and it is part of a revolution that has got everybody talking. The Swartland Winery is producing iconic and award winning wines in this fashionable and dynamic region, so we have joined forces with them to create a unique, distinctive and expressive wine range that has been masterfully blended for the UK palate. We think something this good, is definitely worth talking about!
Bush Vines Chenin Blanc, Swartland Winery, 2015 ( 13.5%)
Rich aromas of dried fruit, peach, apricot and citrus hints follow through on to a creamy palate. A crisp, well balanced and intense wine, with integrated oak is still light enough to enjoy more than one glass!
Bush Vines Pinotage, Swartland Winery, 2014 ( 14%)
Intriguing earthy and almost savoury aromas, followed by refreshing red berries and plums. A medium wine with dark berry fruit, well-structured, medium tannins and a beautiful balance. The wine is made in a classic, traditional style with a good balance between oak and fruit.
Feel the warmth, with a taste, bottle, carafe, medium or small glass, both wines at the same price!
£27.50 (750ml), £14.95 (375ml), £7.95 (175ml), £5.50 (125ml)