With another badass Swartland Revolution festival successfully pulled off in the heart of the Riebeek Valley, The Wade Bales Wine Society thought we’d take a closer look at this fascinating region. Compared to the lush valleys of Constantia and Stellenbosch, this west coast area looks stark and barren. But it’s the area’s proximity to the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean that gives the wines produced here their edge – and distinctive flavours.
The Swartland area, which includes the towns of Riebeek Kasteel, Darling, Koringberg, Malmesbury and a few others, is fast becoming an internationally acclaimed wine hotspot thanks to its 32 wineries’ production of top-class whites and reds. That’s a lot of wineries to work your way through!
To give you a varied taste of the wines of the area, we recommend you try the following. For all the tasting notes and info on the wines, visit the Wine23 app. You can add these wines to your favourites on the app so you can remember them next time you’re shopping for top tipple! Smart, right?
5 Must-Try Wines – Swartland
AA Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2014
A very drinkable – and memorable wine. Full of texture and character with aromas and flavours of peaches, apples, honey, flint and orange blossom.
Hughes Family Nativo White Blend 2013
Hunting for an organic wine? The Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc grapes for the Nativo White 2013 are all organically grown on their farm Kasteelberg.
Kloovenburg Shiraz 2011
The grapes come from three different blocks, with three different terroirs. Makes for an interesting full bodied wine.
David Sadie Swartland Chenin Blanc 2011
This spicy, dry Chenin comes from the Kasteelberg and Paardeberg Mountains, planted in 1978. A fine example of a Chenin Blanc at its best!
Pulpit Rock Reserve Pinotage 2013
Winemaker Riaan van der Spuy scooped two Double Gold Michaelangelo Wine Awards for this Pinotage with its signature deep red hue.