Wines of South Africa: Low Intervention Wines

On December 6th I attended a tasting sponsored by Wines of South Africa. It was in conjunction with the Raw Wine virtual wine fair. Raw Wine was a yearly wine event held in New York City as well as in Berlin and London that featured low intervention wines from around the world. Over a hundred wines were poured and was a great opportunity to sample numerous of those styles of wine in one event. They cancelled the New York event last year and unfortunately this year as well.

This event was held at Sommtime wine bar located at 254 Bromme Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It’s a wine bar that specializes in natural wines. It’s a tiny restaurant and made for an intimate tasting experience and I mean intimate with most of us standing cheek to cheek while sampling the wines.

This was a great opportunity for me to try wines that I admit, I usually pass over when I’m at one of those mega tastings. In South Africa their iconic white wines are made from Chenin Blanc while their iconic reds are made from Pinotage which is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. It was a very enjoyable tasting with most of the whites poured Chenin Blanc while the reds were more diverse with some Pinotage, many Cinsault blends and French varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah.

Some of what I sampled:

White
2019 David & Nadia “Plat’bos” Chenin Blanc2020 Intellego “Story of Harry” Skin Contact White
2020 Joostenberg “Die Agteros” Chenin Blanc2016 Sadie Family “Palladius”
2019 Mulleneux “Granite” Chenin Blanc2018 Bosman “Optenhorst” Old Vine Chenin Blanc
2017 Alheit “Cartology”2019 Blackwater “Pleasure Gardens” Palomino
Red
2018 Anybos Grenache Noir2019 Bostman “Twyfelling” Cinsault
2019 Carven Cabernet Sauvignon2020 Van Loggerenberg “Break a Leg” Syrah
2020 Intellego “Halagasha” Pinotage2020 JH Meyer “Cuvee NoS” Pinot Noir
2019 Natie Valleij Cinsault2020 Trizanne Signature Wines “TSW” Cinsault