South Africa

Banhoek, Stellenbosch, South Africa


After seven years of working with various wineries in the Cape and overseas, winemaker Jocelyn Hogan Wilson teamed up with her parents, Dunstan and Trish Hogan, to create Hogan wines. Jocelyn believes that making wine right now in South Africa is about being part of a revolution that is changing the ideals of winemaking. The revolution is shifting the emphasis back to the farmers and the small-scale wine producers, who in their separation of laudable vineyards and attention to small batches of wine, are able to showcase the best South Africa has to offer. Hogan aims to make make natural, site-specific, vintage driven wines that are essentially a history lesson of what the vine has experienced over the year. They look for older vines that tell the story of the vintage through their well-established root systems, gnarled trunks and lower...

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From the cellar of Kalmoesfontein and the mountain slopes of the Paardeberg we bring you Caperitif. Chenin Blanc fortified with spirit, gently sweetened by the sugar of the grapes, bittered by Quinchona bark and flavoured with some 35 truly Cape ingredients such as fynbos, kalmoes and naartjies.  The recipe? 1 part history 1 part geography and context 2 parts botanicals 2 parts recipes and possibilities Future to taste History is diverse and rich and in this country, a little unbalanced. Mix in gold diggers and diamond hunters, a little bit of exploitation and lots of racial inequality. South Africa is a melting pot of diversity and potential. In the early parts of the last century prospectors from all over the world made their way to the southernmost tip of the African continent. They were in search of gold and precious stones, the money was fast and the pace was quick. Out of this rose a luscious party scene filled with cocktails and dancing. It also gave birth to a golden liquid, inspired by European vermouths but created with unique South African flavour – Caperitif (Cape Aperitif). Geography is an important but often forgotten ingredient. At the Southern tip of a vast continent called Africa lies our unique country, South Africa. Established as a halfway stop for Europeans on their way to India in 1652, the Mediterranean climate and rich soils soon helped to feed and nourish sailors and (new) locals. With good soil and ideal climate comes diverse flora and fauna. The Cape floral Kingdom, growing along a coastal stretch of about 150 miles, is the smallest and richest of the six floral kingdoms of the world and boasts the highest amount of diversity and endemic plants found anywhere on the planet. Many of these plants don’t occur anywhere else and copious amounts of them have unique flavours and intriguing aromas. We South Africans call this “Fynbos”. And it plays a big part in our vermouth, forming the base and the unique “Cape” flavour. For decades this unique Cape Aperitif inspired barmen all over the globe and it made its way into many cocktail recipes in numerous famous cocktail books. And then, around 1910, the company that made it disappeared, and with it the product as well as the recipe. Fast forward almost a 100 years to when a Danish mixologist met a Swartland winemaker and the ghost ingredient became first a possibility and then a reality. Now we are experimenting with age old recipes while simultaneously creating brand new concoctions. With the return of this proudly South African product we want to put Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban on the...

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Momento was born in 2011 from inspired travels of the great world of wine and its vineyard sites, especially the ancient vineyards of the Old World. The goal for winemaker and proprietor Marelise Niemann is to reflect every element involved in the winemaking process—from the people, personalities, ideas and experiences; to the sun, soil, water and earth. What started out as a curious Grenache bottling has grown into a venture of exploration and discovery—vinifying unique and honest wines. Niemann searches the Cape for unique parcels of mostly older and sometimes dryland bush vines that truly express their region and soil. Her approach to winemaking is gentle and hands-off, respecting the grape and its place, allowing the wine to express its character and origin. Along with the Grenache, a Tinta Barocca and Chenin/Verdelho have been added to the Momento...

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Abrie Beeslaar, previously the winemaker at esteemed Stellenbosch property Kanonkop, now has his own label named Beeslaar. Abrie explains the Beeslaar property as being “about two kilometres from Kanonkop in the direction of Bottelary Road.” Beeslaar wines are matured for 17 months in French oak, 50% new. Jamie Goode explained the Beeslaar Pinotage as being “one of the most profound interpretations of the often tricky Pinotage grape that you can imagine. It’s the Grand Cru Burgundy of Pinotages: structured, fresh, complex, ageworthy and elegant, despite its obvious concentration.” “Pinotage genius Abrie Beeslaar shows all his understanding of this tricky grape.”  —Tim Atkin,...

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After working intimately with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for 12 vintages in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (“Heaven-and-Earth” in Afrikaans), Hannes Storm discovered two tiny parcels of land with particularly exceptional terroirs. The two vineyards were planted in 2008. Storm’s maiden vintage saw the light in 2012 and, after spending 18 months in bottle, the wines were released in 2014. In 2009, the Hemel-en-Aarde was divided into three separate wards—the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Storm Vrede Pinot Noir and Vrede Chardonnay are from vineyards in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The Storm Ignis Pinot Noir comes from a vineyard in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, and Storm Ridge Pinot Noir is from a vineyard in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Storm Wines is currently the only producer with Pinot Noirs from each of the three appellations in the Hemel-en-Aarde. With meticulous viticulture, minimal intervention in the cellar and a constant nod to the Old World, Hannes Storm creates wines with a warm personality and...

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Beaumont is a charming family-run farm and winery situated in the quaint Overberg Village of Bot River. The farm is home to the region’s oldest wine cellar and is steeped in history dating back to the 1700’s. In 2004, Sebastian Beaumont, having honed his skills working in the vineyards took over the reins in the cellar and has continued to build the Beaumont reputation. The flagship Chenin Blanc, Hope Marguerite, has received Platter Five Star ratings four...

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