Working vintages in France, Germany and New Zealand fed Stellenbosch University-trained garagiste Donovan Rall's enthusiasm but one vintage with cult winemaker Eben Sadie in the Perdeberg was pivotal. The intention for his own range "never more than 1000 cases tops" is to be utterly unique. His foundation is good fruit from some of the oldest vineyards in Swartland, with varieties Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Verdelho and Viognier all adding to the mix. His red blend is Syrah-based with some Mouvedre, Grenache and Carignan, with the grapes coming from the slate and clay soils very specific to the Riebeeck River. With 5 Stars from the influential Platter?s Guide for his maiden 2008 white blend and for the 2009, Donovan is one of the new dynamic winemakers in the Cape to keep an eye on for the future. Expect big things? he does, in a small way, naturally.
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