2015 will be the fifth instalment of South Africa’s craziest and most exciting wine event; YOUNG GUNS has been an incredible journey of young talent pushing the boundaries and contributing…

2015 will be the fifth instalment of South Africa’s craziest and most exciting wine event; YOUNG GUNS has been an incredible journey of young talent pushing the boundaries and contributing to South Africa’s wine revolution.

The new crop of young winemakers steer away from recipe winemaking, focus on the vineyard and most importantly make wine according to their own tastes.

See a list of all our Young Gunners of the past here.

Another of the industry’s hottest events, the Cape Wine Auction (13 & 14 Feb), will showcase some of the top Young Guns in an amazing ‘Walker Bay Young Guns Lot’ in collaboration with Wine Cellar. The lot includes a private tasting and wines from Alheit, Crystallum, Thorne and Daughters, Momento and more.

Place an online bid or visit the Cape Wine Auction website for further details.

Walker by Young Guns lot

Look out for Young Guns V in the last week of June with 3 crazy tastings in Cape TownJohannesburg and now Durban! Tickets will be available on our website from 1 April.

In the meantime, you can sample a selection of exciting wines from past Young Gunners that are still available and shaping the future.

Young Guns selection

Free delivery on orders over R1,500 (main centres only). If you need any assistance, call us on 021 448 4105 (CT) or 011 027 9463 (JHB). View delivery charges.

Place your order online, or email James@winecellar.co.za.

Tasting notes

Blackwater Wines Noir 2012
Mostly from Shiraz plus splashes of Grenache and Cinsault. Soft fruited with bright, juicy red and dark berries and firm structure from 26 months in older oak.

‘Intense and brooding, with cassis layers intertwined with kelp, oyster shell and oak spice. Soft, pastel-like fruit flavours given structure by tightly wound supporting tannins: harmonius.’ – Decanter, 91 points

Swerwer Red 2013
Made from Cinsault planted in 1955 on granite, co-fermented with Shiraz and Carignan. All 100% whole-bunch. Natural yeast and 15 months in old French oak. Fresh, vibrant cherry fruit with great tension on the palate from stalky tannins. Delicious. Fine tannins define this wine!

‘Many red blends look interesting on paper, but deliver a smudgy nothingness in the bottle. Jasper Wickens Swerwer 2013 is different; each variety plays an identifiable role but the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts.’ – Angela Lloyd

Reverie Chenin Blanc 2013
‘Grapes come from a single vineyard of Swartland Chenin Blanc planted on granite in 1978 and the wine underwent spontaneous fermentation in old barrels before being matured for 10 months. Mention must first be made of the wine’s colour, which is luminous straw yellow. Then the nose, which entices with notes of honeysuckle, white peach and subtle spice. And onto the palate which possesses striking fruit purity and bright acidity before a gently saline finish. A wine of great poise – there’s weight (despite an abv of only 12%) but also verve here and De Klerk hasn’t resorted to excessive oxidative character to catch the attention. Smart stuff.’ – 92 points, Christian Eedes

Craven Clairette Blanche 2014
‘Mick and Jeanine Craven… have come up with something quite smart in the case of their Clairette Blanche 2014. Grapes come from a Stellenbosch block estimated to be between 35 and 40 years old, 50% whole bunch pressed and 50% left on the skins for two weeks. There’s a slight waxy quality to the otherwise shy nose but the palate shows surprising depth and texture given an abv of only 11%. This is not a primary fruit bomb but look hard enough and you’ll find notes of lime and green apple. “Saline” is becoming an over-used term but this wine definitely has that character, too. Wine Cellar price is R125 and you’re getting a lot of wine for your money.’ – 91 points, Christian Eedes

JH Meyer Pinot Noir 2013
Part whole-bunch fermented, from Elgin grapes and a combination of clones 115 and 777. Stalks were gently handled, creating fine tannin structure that bodes well for further cellaring. A big step up on the 2012 and one of the most Burgundian Pinots we have tasted.

Testalonga El Bandito Cortez 2013
‘The 2013 El Bandito Cortez is 100% Chenin Blanc foot-pressed and matured with no sulfur. It has a light, fresh apple-blossom bouquet with touches of frangipane and wet wool. The palate is well balanced with sour lemon, greengage and touches of fresh pear on the finish. You can tell its natural wine credentials – they are distinct – but it is still nicely balanced and full of flavor. Note: Winemaker requested no score.’ – Neal Martin of The Wine Advocate

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