If you’re a “natural wine” fan, then the wines of Jurgen Gouws are worth seeking out. He worked with the maverick Craig Hawkins at Lammershoek before that important Swartland property was sold in 2014 and also boasts harvest experiences at Domaine Stéphane Ogier in Côte Rotie in 2010 and at Matassa in Roussillon in 2012 and 2013. Don’t be misled by the rough and ready packaging these wines typically feature, it’s what inside that counts with Kedungu 2016 a case in point.
A blend of 50% Syrah, 45% Cinsault and 5% Mourvèdre, winemaking involved 100% whole-bunch fermentation and alcohol coming out at a mere 11.0%. Immensely attractive nose with notes of red fruit, flowers, fynbos, earth and spice. The palate is light but super-intense with a cracking line of acidity. Approximate retail price: R125 a bottle.
Editor’s rating: 92/100.
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