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.
'An enchanting nose with notes of red and black fruit to go with lavender and what the French call garrigue. The palate shows great fruit purity to go with bright acidity and wonderfully supple tannins. This has a particularly energetic feel and is not nearly as wild as this variety can tend to be. Perhaps the best wine he has done this vintage.' - Christian Eedes, Winemag