Country: South Africa
Viticulture: Organic Farming / Natural Wine
Vinification: Grapes are harvested by hand and detemmed. Fermented on skins for 10 days in open top 2000L stainless steel vats using indigenous yeasts and ambient temperatures. The wine goes through malolactic fermentation before being bottled unfined and unfiltered with a very small amount of sulphur added before bottling.
Red apple, red cherry and a little earth. Juicy and fresh with soft tannins. Utterly smashable.
After travelling extensively in Portugal and Austria learning his craft Craig Hawkins returned to South Africa and became the winemaker at top Swartland estate Lammershoek. Craig now makes his own wines from various small, organic vineyard sites in Swartland and makes his wine naturally, with as little intervention as possible. The climate in mediterranean with granite soils.