Now the 5th vintage of this wine and still the same fruit from dry farmed own rooted bush vines in the piekenierskloof. The idea behind this has always been to make a wine that reflects the fresher and lighter side of this variety. Picked in 2 stages and only fermented and matured in concrete eggs and clay to asure nothing but the vineyard the place and the variety is expressed in the final product.
Like the other white wines in the range the grapes are wholebunch pressed and transferred without settling straight to the vessels for fermentation. 8 months on the lees in the eggs gives lovely texture before bottling without any heavy filtration
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Gentle giant Donovan Rall is very well travelled as a winemaker, but found his inspiration in the Mediterranean varietals in the Swartland. After graduating with a Viticulture and Oenology degree from Stellenbosch University in 2005 and extensive travels and harvests in other regions, Donovan returned to South Africa in 2007 for a season in the Swartland. Here he worked on his dream of making unique and natural styled wines under his own label, a small batch range “never more than 1000 cases tops” from good fruit from some of the oldest vineyards in Swartland and Stellenbosch. He started with Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Verdelho and Viognier for a white blend, and Syrah, Mouvedre and Grenache for his red blend, but now also make some single varietals. The winemaking is simple, with each parcel allowed to ferment and mature naturally before blending. The wines are full of character and complexity, mark our words these are future classics.