Marelise Niemann, formerly assistant winemaker at Beaumont Family Wines, is a star to watch in Bot River. Here, her minimal intervention approach has produced a vital, pure and honest wine from old dry-farmed Paardeberg bush vines. A third is whole-bunch fruit, and it is all aged for 15 months in old 225 litre barrels. Fresh acidity with tart cherry and cranberry fruit, lifted violet notes and fine, chalky tannins make this a vibrant, elegant and moreish red. 92% Grenache, 8% Carignan.
What a pleasure it was to sit down and taste this wonderful wine with her on on our visit to South Africa in 2017.