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“Mind officially blown”

Ray O’Connor, Naked Wines – 2017

“You are making me enjoy my trips to the UK more and more and it is becoming worrying. All the best, almost looking forward to my next visit.”

Callie Louw, Porseleinberg – 2017

“One of the most exciting tastings of the season”

Jancis Robinson – 2017

“Rare to see a repeat of such a wonderful awe inspiring tasting, two years on and not only was the tasting even more awesome but the buzz in the room from the “old” hacks was rather impressive.”

Roger Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn – 2017

“New Wave South Africa? More like a Tsunami. It was one of those ‘you had to be there’ tastings.”

Chris Wilson, the Buyer – 2017

“The New Wave tasting was everything that I had imagined and more. I hope you guys realise what you have done for the image of South African wine around the world.”

Alex Starey, Keermont Estate – 2017

new wave logoAnyone who has spent an evening at Mama Cucina’s Restaurant in Riebeek Kasteel will have experienced something of the tangible sense of camaraderie, talent, youth and openness that pervades much of the new South African wine scene today. An ever changing cast of winemakers from all over the Cape congregates here. In an attempt to bring some of that spirit, vitality and friendship to the UK market, a collection of importers has come together to create New Wave South Africa. The group invites the best of South Africa’s New Wave winemakers for various events.

The inaugural event was held in September 2015.

“Down in the basement, the atmosphere was hip, cool, happening and all those other words we fifty-something wine writers like to use to make ourselves sound less crumbly. I can’t remember a tasting featuring so many young, talented winemakers, most of them sporting t-shirts and jeans. More to the point, “I can’t remember a tasting that showcased so many great (and affordable) bottles. Here was proof that South Africa is currently the most exciting wine-producing country on the planet.”
Tim Atkin on timatkin.com

“The recent New Wave South Africa tasting was something of an eye-opener. The thrill and energy of the wines really gave meaning to the growers’ description of themselves and their wares as showing a “tangible sense of camaraderie, talent, youth and openness”.
Anthony Rose, The Independent.

“There was also the sense that this tasting, and Cape Wine which preceded it, is an important marker in the progress of South African wine. I reckon in a decade’s time we’ll look back and say: ‘I was there.’ For this is when South African fine wine came of age.  I’m just thrilled to have been a witness to what is going on here. A new wave, a new generation, and a bright future.”
Jamie Goode. WineAnorak.com

Producers in attendance
for the 2017 tasting:

Alec Louw – ANTONIJ RUPERT WINES, Alex Starey – KEERMONT, Callie Louw – PORSELEINBERG, Carl Van der Merwe – DEMORGENZON AND THE GREAT SA WINE CO, Charla Haasbroek – SIJNN, Chris Alheit – ALHEIT VINEYARDS, Chris Mullineux – MULLINEUX & LEEU FAMILY WINES, Chris Williams – THE FOUNDRY, Craig & Anne Wessels – RESTLESS RIVER, David & Nadia Sadie – DAVID AND NADIA, David Cope – ALPHABETICAL WINE, Donovan Rall – RALL WINES, Duncan Savage – SAVAGE WINES, Eben Sadie – SADIE FAMILY WINES, Ginny Povall – BOTANICA, Gordy Newton Johnson – NEWTON JOHNSON, Hagen Viljoen – SOLMS DELTA, Hannes Storm – STORM WINES, Jasper Wickens – AA BADENHORST FAMILY WINES, Jocelyn Wilson – HOGAN WINES, Johan Meyer – MOTHER ROCK WINES & JH MEYER SIGNATURE WINES, John Seccombe – THORNE & DAUGHTERS, Leon Coetzee & Margaux Nel – THE FLEDGE & CO, Lukas Van Loggerenberg – VAN LOGGERENBERG WINES, Marc Kent – BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF, Marelise Nieman – MOMENTO WINES, Mick Craven – CRAVEN WINES, Miles Mossop – MILES MOSSOP WINES, Niels & Penny Verburg – LUDDITE + SABOTEUR, Nina-Marie Bruwer – MONT BLOIS, Paul Boutinot – WATERKLOOF, Peter Stewart – EAGLES’ NEST, Peter-Allan Finlayson – CRYSTALLUM, Pieter Carstens – LEEUWENKUIL, Pieter Walser – THE BLANKbottle WINERY, Reenen Borman – BOSCHKLOOF + RON BURGUNDY, Richard Kelley – THE LIBERATOR, Richard Kershaw – RICHARD KERSHAW WINES, Rudiger Gretschel – REYNEKE, Ryan Mostert – SILWERVIS and TERRACURA, Sam O’ Keefe – LISMORE  VINEYARDS, Sebastian Beaumont – BEAUMONT, Thinus Kruger – FRAM WINES, Tremayne Smith – FABLE MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS

Blackwater Wine, The Blacksmith, J.C Wickens, B Vintners, Marras, The Garajeest, De Klein Wijn Koop, Ahrens Family Wines, Vincent Careme, MVH Wines, Migliarina Wines, Tesselaarsdal Wines, Saurwein