Restless River Wanderlust 2019


The Wanderlust label is where Craig Wessels gets to play around a bit. The previous wine bottled under the Wanderlust label was a Sauvignon Blanc – in an attempt to understand Cabernet Sauvignon better, Craig spent time working on the parental grapes Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. The hope was to perhaps blend the two and make a roundabout “Cabernet Sauvignon”, but in the end was more a “Franc Blanc”. The Sauvignon was lovely though and bottled that separately.

In 2019 Craig stuck to the parent and child concept and blended Pinot Noir with Pinotage, 50% of each. All the grapes were whole cluster but the Pinotage skins was taken off the juice before fermentation . The nose is a fascinating invitation of spicy plums, sour cherry, rooibos and After Eights. On the palate the sour cherry bursts through with a incredibly fine but lingering chalky tannin, there’s a smokey Lapsang Souchang like quality. There’s more than enough fruit on this wine and with the intriguing tannins I believe it will integrate well with the wine if you’re able to let it rest for 3 years or so.

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Craig and Anne Wessels started planting vines in 1999 and since have become well known as one of the premium producers in the valley. The valley is well renowned for its cooler climate and the Wessels believe it is fundamental that their vines reflect this distinctive, marginal environment in which they grow; passing their unique characteristics onto the grapes, and ultimately, the wine.

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