‘Swerwer’ or ‘Wonderer’ – a name which describes the lives of many young winemakers chasing the vintages across the globe.
We are happy to offer you the new 2019 releases from Jasper Wickens and highlight the Swerwer Chenin Blanc 2019 – a 95 pointer!
Jasper Wickens says of his Chenin Blanc 2019, ‘the 2019 Swerwer Chenin is not the girl dancing on the bar counter but the shy one, and with a bit of conversation, leaves you intrigued and wanting more.’
His range of exciting, artisanal, typically Swartland wines are a ‘must buy’. The Chenin, made from 83-year-old vines in the Paardeberg, is juicy, textured, broad and fruit forward, on top of a salty, savoury herbal mid-palate that finishes dry and long.
Jasper is well-known for his measured and gentle, yet confident hand. He produces beautifully detailed, fruit forward and robust ‘Swartland’ style wines that sing with character and passion. This is expressed throughout his winemaking process – from farming and soil management in the vineyard, to vinification in the cellar, and finally, the finished wine in the bottle.
After working as the assistant winemaker at AA Badenhorst Family Wines for the past 10 years, Jasper established his own brand, Swerwer, in 2012 and has built up a faithful following in a very short time. 2019 was Jasper’s first vintage working from his own cellar, getting grapes from special vineyard parcels in and around the Paardeberg.
View all the Swerwer 2019 releases here.
The 2019 Swartland harvest was a more relaxed, controlled one with a slower ripening period. Greater acidity in the wines, and lower alcohol management in the cellar has created more subtle, restrained and pure wines than 2018.
‘The 2019 vintage resulted in high quality, focussed Chenin Blancs. An invite of white and yellow stone fruit and herbal notes to a leaner palate, softly textured with peach, citrus, quince and a slightly savoury touch. A zesty acid zip leaves flavours to evolve and broaden with a longer finish. It is a complex and well-balanced wine, to be enjoyed fresh with food, although it can benefit with aging to become quite complex and special.’ – Jasper Wickens, Winemaker
Swerwer, Chenin Blanc 2019
‘Jasper and Franziska Wickens’ beautiful Paardeberg farm is producing some of the best whites in the Swartland right now, demonstrated by the quality of this stunning, naturally fermented Chenin Blanc. Taut, textured and saline, it’s a wine that’s compact, long and focused, with pear and citrus fruit, savoury, mealy tannins and remarkable length. 2021-29.’ – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 95/100
Swerwer, Rooi-Groen Sémillon Gris 2019
‘Amber in colour, as a result of some skin contact as well as the tint of the highly unusual Semillon Gris, this has considerable grip and a hint of tannins. Very lightly wooded, it’s all about structure and flavours of quince, blood orange and fresh dough. 2020-25.’ – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 92/100
Swerwer, Shiraz 2019
‘Attractive aromatics of red and blackberries, lilies, fynbos and white pepper while the palate is light and fresh with powdery tannins. Great fruit definition, balance and length.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100
Swerwer, Red Blend 2019
‘Aromatics of cherries, plums, some musk, earth and spice. Medium-bodied with generous fruit, good freshness and quite soft tannins. As smashable as ever, it must be said.’ – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 92/100
Swerwer, Touriga Nacional 2019
‘Comparatively firm and severe for a Touriga Nacional – it reminds me more of a Tinta Barocca – this is spicy, intense and chewy, with lots of damson and bramble fruit, a meaty, charcuterie note, subtle wood and refreshing underlying acidity. Needs a plate of hearty food. 2021-25.’ – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 92/100