Orange wine is an intriguing category – one that garnered considerable media coverage last year. But what exactly are orange wines and what makes them so compelling? Simply put, orange…

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Orange wine is an intriguing category – one that garnered considerable media coverage last year. But what exactly are orange wines and what makes them so compelling?

Simply put, orange wines are white wines that are left to macerate on their skins for longer than usual. This extended skin contact adds colour, texture, tannin and flavour, making the wines particularly food friendly and versatile. Produced in Europe for at least 5,000 years, most famously in Friuli and Georgia, the style is now being adopted by a number of avant-garde winemakers across the globe, including Young Guns such as Jurgen Gouws and Craig Hawkins.

If you’re interested in getting to grips with this fascinating category, the Swartland is a great place to start. We’d recommend getting your hands on a bottle (or six) of the wines below.

Intellego Elementis 2017, Swartland, R230 (95 points, Christian Eedes)
Testalonga El Bandito Skin Contact 2017, Swartland, R270 (92 points, Christian Eedes)

Please follow the links above to order online, or email James@winecellar.co.za.

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