Swerwer 2013 is my go-to mid-week wine at the moment. Made by Jasper Wickens, part of the team at AA Badenhorst Family Wines, it’s an entirely smashable red blend, components being 60% Cinsault, 25% Grenache and 15% Syrah.
Wickens describes his approach as “simple winemaking with minimum intervention” – we’re talking 100% whole bunch and natural yeasts, the Cinsault and Grenache off bushvines planted in the 1950s co-fermented, the Syrah off slate soils then added before the complete blend is put into 400-litre casks to be matured for some 15 months.
It shows red fruit, fynbos, spice and that turned earth character which seems to mark so many reds from the Swartland. The palate is medium bodied and well balanced – juicy fruit, fresh acidity and not without some tannic grip although by no means stalky. Pair with a plate of spag bol and see how long your bottle lasts. Cellar door price: R125.