This was a rather special launch for Brookdale Estate and in fact for myself personally. The first time I visited the estate was in 2018, Duncan Savage led us into
‘Wine stirs the spring, happiness bursts through the earth like a plant, walls crumble, and rocky cliffs, chasms close as song is born. A jug of wine, and thou beside me in the wilderness, sang the ancient poet. Let
Earlier this month Vondeling released the 2018 Rurale; a true South African example of a Mèthode Ancestrale. But what is Mèthode Ancestrale? This method of sparkling wine production uses icy
Donovan Rall is one of South Africa’s finest small independent wine producers. Yet a man of great height, and filled to the brim with talent. One of my favourite winemakers; he is as easy to spot as a beacon of light in wine tastings as he towers over most of his peers at six foot six. A man of this build and aptitude you may deem to be intimidating, but Donovan is the characterisation of a gentle giant. The wines he produces are the antithesis of his nickname “Scandinavian Viking”, full of elegance, poise and charm.
What an absolutely charming wine; Rebecca May is a wine full of elegance and class. She is spellbindingly beautiful yet she doesn’t know it, she isn’t arrogant or brash but