TEA LEAF White Blend, Piekernierskloof 2020



Complex sandy stone fruit nose with notes of crushed granite, slightly saline and wait… is that Rooibos I can smell?! Palate has firm, high-key fruit, a broad texture and quiet persistence that persists and persists. Ultimately this is a deeply satisfying single vineyard, ancient vine block with a genuinely unique terroir feel and character from an unforgettably surprising vineyard.

You know when something feels ‘just right’… you can’t explain it… it just ‘IS’? Well, that’s how we feel about Donovan Rall who we think is simply one of the biggest talents in South Africa! The towering talent of this itinerant winemaker impressed all last year with the Vuurberg blends, and the new vintages are something else. It was only a matter of time, then, before we hand-bagged him into working with us on a small Boutinot South Africa project.

Donovan trained with Eben Sadie and Miles Mossop before doing his own thing, and the influence shows but these are very much his own take and finds. Crafted at Zorgvliet’s garagiste studio winery, Donovan has put together a pure Chenin and Syrah – in fact his first ever straight varietal wines.