Restless River Wanderlust Grenache Noir 2017


The Vrede vineyard is one of the great sites in the Walker Bay area, but it’s better known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay than Grenache. This one off is a curiosity, made with fruit from the southern side of each row and fermented with whole bunches. Light, pale and fragrant, with alluring cherry and strawberry fruit. 92/100 Tim Atkin MW 2019-2024

This is a very special wine to me. The first time I met Craig and Anne was a revelation not only because they are amazing people but they are self taught wine makers/farmers. They are producing Cab in the Hemel-en-Aarde. Their wines are all estate grown. 

But how do you grow as a wine maker by playing, trying new things? Experimenting! I had the fortune to turn up at their little vineyard just after the Wanderlust was bottled. The original working title was dilligaff! It really was a case of making a wine that Craig didn’t care what people thought of. He explained to me that he only picked the grapes from one side of the vines and how he wanted to try Carbonic Maceration.

As with all their wines, they try to hold back the stock for a couple of years in bottle before release. I’m sure it was questioned till the bitter end as to whether to release it – and thank God they did! This was my red wine of 2017 and will probably be up there for at least another 10 yrs as it has great ageing potential.

Pleased to say we have also managed to get hold of their next Wanderlust – a Sauvignon Blanc. Coming soon to VinoSA.

Also to say, the next experiments are in the barrel as I type. – Ben

Alcohol: 13.5%