New Wave South Africa: Top wines to try from SA’s most exciting producers

Wednesday, 11 September, 2019
Decanter, Chris Wilson
Vibrancy, collaboration and a willingness to experiment are all part of South Africa’s burgeoning premium scene. Chris Wilson meets SA’s new wave winemakers.

South African winemakers from across the Western Cape recently descended upon London for a series of tastings and events, bringing with them noise, biltong and some seriously good wines.

One of the most hotly-tipped events was the New Wave South Africa tasting where the country’s ‘young gun’ winemakers got together beneath a record shop in London’s Soho to showcase their new vintages; let’s just say there were more than a few top-knots and beards on display.

As well as a high level of quality across the board, one of the things that stands out about the New Wave movement is how down-to-earth and collaborative the winemakers are; be that on the ground in SA helping each other out with fruit, equipment and ideas, or at events like this where they are all too keen to sing each other’s praises.

Perhaps it’s this sort of attitude which makes South Africa such a dynamic winemaking nation where boundaries are constantly pushed and diversity is unashamedly embraced. Other countries and regions could learn a lot from this spirited bunch.

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