The Vibe: Red, medium-light, Zinfandel, jam, blackberry, cranberry, juicy
Friends Would Say:A new take on zinfandel, not what you expected, you might be pleasantly surprised with who turns up! This wine is more like a light Gamay type Beaujolais than a heritage Zinfandel. It oozes juice and fruit, with succulent raspberries and red fruit on the palette. Initial aromas on the nose of wild bouquet are more of undergrowth and red fruit. Supple tannins and fresh acidity combine to create a mouth-watering juiciness on the finish.
The First Date: For all you rose lovers out there! Maybe we can sway you off the beaten track. Try chilling this puppy down in the fridge and pour a glass. Light enough to not feel heavy whilst having enough bod to keep you entertained!
The Banter: When Craig Hawkins came over for the real wine fair supported by our friends at Les Caves, he had this to say: “I got into wine as a result of my older brother Neil (who now lives and makes wine in Australia) whilst still at school, just as a way to earn a bit of extra money working in the vineyards. He then showed me the cellar and the transformations that took place. From there I had the bug. Having an Irish passport, I was able spent 6 years in Europe, working six months there and then six months with Eben Sadie who was a great mentor and opened my eyes in so many ways. But the greatest influence on me was Tom Lubbe. I spent a lot of time working at Domaine Matassa and acquiring the knowledge and experience that was to sustain me later. I came home in 2008 to make my first wine, which was a skin contact Chenin called El Bandito. My wife’s (Carla) father then approached me and asked me to work for him farming the vineyards and making the wine at Lammershoek, where I spent five wonderful years learning on the job. At the end of 2014 Carla and I left the company, borrowed money and bought a property in the north of Swartland where we now live, farm and make wine”
Techy Bits: Craig Hawkins, Zinfandel, South Africa, Swartland, 11.50% a.b.v, 750ml