Place: Swartland, South Africa
During the apartheid, the South African wine industry was completely dominated by one organisation which controlled everything from production to price, so it has only been since the early 1990s that independent winemakers have begun to emerge. One such producer is Craig Hawkins. Crafting wine in the Swartland, he is helping reimagine South African wine. Craig's wines are complex and bewilder the bureaucracy such that he has occasionally been denied export certification due to his wines lacking ‘typicity’.
Raspberry and white pepper join a plethora of red fruit: pomegranate, cranberry, cherry – all sliding into a silky smooth, sappy palate, light in alcohol and weight it is again sort of a South African Trousseau look alike.