Young wine makers, new vineyards, diverse regions, strong packaging, great stories and high quality wines are winning international recognition. If you have one resolution this year add one of these to your list.
Here are two wines from young wine makers: Both are from Stellenbosch, a region which makes distinctive Chenin Blanc, Bordeaux style blends from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, great Chardonnay and fantastic Syrah.
DeMorgenzon Maestro White
Order Code: DMAESW
Award winning white from Carl van de Mewre, a blend of 5 varieties, Roussanne, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Viognier.
Order Code: KEESYR
Made by Alex Starey, red fruited, anise and liquorice and a mineral saltiness 95% Syrah with 5% Mouvedre.
For South African Sauvignon Blanc we have gone to the coolest places, the high altitude vineyards of Cederberg and the cool coastal influences of Elim. Both of these wines are made by established wine maker David Nieuwoudt who excels with this variety.
Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc
Order Code: CEDSB
Grassy with white asparagus and strong hints of capsicum, gooseberry and lemon zest.
Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc
Order Code: GHOSWF
Fleshy white pear and quince. Nine months barrel maturation.