‘A scintillating palate with lovely fruit purity and zip to go with fine yet grippy tannins.’ – Christian Eedes, 95/100
Right from the very first sip, this wine is immediately delicious but, unlike many medium-bodied and fresher styles, the 2018 Swerwer Red is up a gear with more flesh and seriousness to its structure.
Jasper Wickens, previously the assistant winemaker at Badenhorst Family Wines, has built up a following in a very short time – and for good reason. This Young Gun has a deft touch and his wines are always measured, typically ‘Swartland’ and, most of all, delicious! The 2018 Swerwer Red is a unique blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Tinta Barocca with the Tinta adding grippy tannins and balancing its juiciness – very impressive indeed. It offers both great drinking pleasure now while having the stuffing to evolve beautifully.
Alongside the red blend, Jasper has also released 2 other very limited wines. His excellent 2018 Swerwer Chenin Blanc is a typical Swartland white with concentrated fruit and a saline undertow that is balanced by fresh, zippy acidity. The 2018 Swerwer Rooi-Groen Sémillon is intriguing and joins a small band of Sémillon Gris bottlings in SA. It’s a unique wine with a touch of tannin and savoury, yet exciting flavours. If you love this style, it is a must!
Swerwer, Red 2018
Starting with the 2016 vintage, Jasper Wickens of Swartland label Swerwer opted to swap Tinta Barocca for Syrah in his red blend and man, is that proving to be an inspired move, the 2018 being the best yet. From Cinsault, Grenache and Tinta Barocca. Translucent in colour. Very fragrant nose with notes of rose, musk, herbs and olive plus red and black fruit. A scintillating palate with lovely fruit purity and zip to go with fine yet grippy tannins, the finish having a pleasantly salty quality. Just wonderfully poised and an excellent example of a ‘new wave’ red. Alcohol: 13%. – Christian Eedes, 95/100
Swerwer, Chenin Blanc 2018
Grapes from a vineyard grown on granitic soils. The nose shows pear, white peach and citrus with some spice and dried grass in the background. The palate has good fruit concentration and plenty of drive thanks to zesty acidity, a pleasant pithy quality to the finish. Alcohol: 13.5%. – Christian Eedes, 92/100
Swerwer, Rooi-Groen Sémillon 2018
From a natural mutation of Sémillon that has pink-red berries. Pale amber in colour. A top note of potpourri before citrus, orange and red apple to go with ginger and other spice. Relatively full bodied (alcohol: 13.5%) with soft acidity and a gently savoury finish – something very comforting about drinking this wine. – Christian Eedes, 90/100