South Africa

Banhoek, Stellenbosch


Hogan Wines is a small, family-run business, started in 2013. We’ve selected vineyards suited in terms of climate and soil to the varietals we make, and produce our wines in a cellar in the Banhoek Valley in Stellenbosch. For us, making wine right now in South Africa, is about being part of a revolution that is changing the ideals of winemaking. It 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. We endeavor to keep our volumes small enough to visit each barrel consistently and personally on its journey from vine to...

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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 wines was born in 2011 from inspired travels of the great world of wine and its vineyard sited, especially the ancient vineyards of the Old World. Based in the beautifully authentic and diverse Bot River region of South Africa, which winemaker and proprietor Marelise Niemann has called home since 2007. Niemanns goal in winemaking is to reflect every single element involved – both human and natural – 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 wonderfully exciting venture of exploration and discovery—vinifying unique and honest wines. With a winemaking approach that is gentle and ‘hands-off’, Niemann respects the grape and its place, and allows the wine to express its own character and origin. At Momento, Niemann is privileged to work with vines from all corners of the Cape, where she searches for unique parcels that truly express the region and soil where it is grown; mostly from older and sometimes dryland bush vines. In conjunction with the Grenache, a Tinta Barocca and Chenin/Verdelho has been added to the Momento...

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Abrie Beeslaar, winemaker at esteemed Stellenbosch property Kanonkop, now has his own label named Beeslaar. Abrie explains the origin of the grapes as being “a property about two kilometres from Kanonkop in the direction of the Bottelary Road” and the wine was matured for 17 months in French oak, 50% new. 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.’ Jamie Goode ‘Pinotage genius Abrie Beeslaar shows all his understanding of this tricky grape.’ Tim Atkin,...

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After 12 vintages in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, focussing on producing world class Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, Hannes discovered two vineyards with particularly exceptional terroirs planted with the tiny bunched red grape variety that he loves intimately. With these two sites – one with low vigour, stony, clay-rich shale soils in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and the other, a small vineyard in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley with granite soils – Storm Wines strives to steer the purest characteristics of each site towards bottle and cork. Meticulous viticulture, minimal intervention in the cellar and a constant nod to the Old World present the wines with a warm personality and character. With the maiden vintage for both vineyards in 2012, Storm Wines continues to handcraft, perfect and shepherd Pinot Noir from their unique terroirs into very distinctive site specific...

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