Region: Swartland, RSA
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’. His wines eschew convention in search of expression, resulting in unique, exciting experiences.
'Gorgeous light red cherry colour, and a little floral perfume on the nose. The palate is light-bodied, clean and fresh, very appealing in every way, I love the lithe and sultry nature of Cinsault – incredibly charming and appealing and disarming in how immediately accessible it is!' - Christian Eedes, Winemag