You will receive a beautifully designed and tastefully packaged case, containing six exclusive wines from South Africa's best winefarms. We have included the collection description, food pairing suggestions, as well as tasting notes for each wine inside the box.
A collection for the revolutionizers.
Expressing the South African heritage of the Old Vine Project, the whites are Old Vine Chenin Blancs, made from some of the best bush vines out there. Inspired by Rhône-style blends and reminiscent of the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape (excuse our French), the reds are Syrah- and Grenache-driven. The Swartland has quickly become the most sought after wine region in South Africa. With wine pioneers Eben Sadie, Adi Badenhorst and Callie Louw, the Swartland Revolution was founded, which quickly found a massive following world-wide. For the last few years, the best and most accoladed wines are being farmed and made in the Swartland. Most vineyards are bush vines and a lot of them are now Old Vines (35 years or older).
Characteristic to the Swartland, we've included two Old Vine Chenin Blancs (O.V.C.) in the mix. Made from grapes from a 1974 vineyard on Christa von Le Chevallerie’s Swartland property, the Huis Van Chevallerie Nuwedam is a beautiful example of Swartland fraternité. Partially made by Eben Sadie in the Swartland and by Chris Alheit in Hermanus, the two components were blended together after nine months in old oak.
One of the early voices of the Swartland revolution, Albert Ahrens has remained quietly and confidently under the radar. His Swartland OVC comes from Paarl vineyards dating back to 1977. A beautiful Swartland Chenin of great typicity, pure fruit and dry, mouth-coating and lingering.
The Smiley Chenin Blanc NV is born of unfettered experimentation and creativity inspired by old traditions and some of the world’s great drinking experiences. Thought provoking, complex and layered but also a direct sensory pleasure to drink. An entirely compelling nose – top notes of potpourri before blue orange, peach, apricot and a little nutty character. The palate is lean but extremely flavourful, the finish long and saline.
One Paardeberg vineyard planted in the early 2000s provides the majority of the fruit in the David & Nadia Grenache. The result is exemplary of why Grenache works so well in the Swartland's harsh conditions. With winemakers at home in their organic, old-vine, dry land bush vine vineyards, this Grenache shows exquisite purity of fruit, fresh acidity and very fine tannins.
Remember what we said about French Rhône style? The Terracura Syrah can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with its Northern Rhône counterparts, and displays equal elegance and power. The wine matches it's name - meaning "to care for the earth" - perfectly: light bodied, pure and true with lovely freshness and fine tannins.
AA Badenhorst Family Red, a blend from Shiraz, Cinsault, Grenache and Tinta Barocca, hosts all the dry bush vine heroes in one incredibly balanced blend. The winemaker's inspiration says it all:"The great old wines of South Africa and the discarded varietals, the bottles of which can be found in the forgotten corners of old cellars before modern methods and fame came along.”
Swartland & Old Vines Collection
Food pairing suggestions
These wines are all candidates for a few more years of cellaring. If you want to enjoy them now, we suggest pairing the Chenins with pan-seared scallops, cooked egg dishes like quiches, frittatas and omelettes, or vegetable tarts. Or why not as an apertif with olives, charcuterie and tapas style foods or even at the end of a meal paired with hard cheeses.
For the reds, the warm earthy notes will suit a tomato-based casserole beautifully, or even a rich cheese fondue. All of these wines can carry through to the dessert plate as well. Continuing on the tart-train, why not try them with a stone fruit (white or yellow for the whites, cherry for the reds) upside-down cake to complement their fruity aromas?