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Rall Wines

Rall Wines

Rall Wines was founded in 2008 by the affable, and very tall Donovan Rall, and straight away achieved 5-Star Platter success with his inaugural Chenin Blanc based blend. He hasn't looked back since. Donovan studied viticulture and oenology at the University of Stellenbosch and, after graduation in 2005, worked at various wineries to gain experience for a couple of years, notably Cloudy Bay in New Zealand, and Cave de Tain in the Rhône Valley. H returned to South Africa in 2007 to work with Eben Sadie at Sadie Family Wines in Swartland. There Donovan was inspired by the wines being made from the grape varieties of the Mediterranean and the Rhône, which influenced him to develop his own distinct label. Donovan's focus is on the Swartland and neighbouring areas, about 65 kilometres north of Cape Town on the Western Cape. Donovan is one of the original “garagista” producers of Swartland, a handful of new generation South African winemakers who helped to put this region, with its schistous soils on the map. But he also sources fruit from Darling, Piekenierskloof in the Olifants River Valley and Stellenbosch, constantly searching for new sites and on the lookout for interesting vineyards from which to make innovative wines. This led him to craft the world's only varietal Cinsault Blanc, a rare mutation found in a Wellington vineyard, which wasn't even on the South African Spirit Board list of recognised grapes when Donovan started working with it in 2017. His winemaking philosophy is natural with a minimal intervention hands off approach. For fermentation and ageing, oak, especially new, is eschewed for vessels that leave little imprint on the wines to let the fruit shine. The result is a small, but stunning portfolio, which comprise some of the Cape's most exciting and sought-after wines, with clear soil-driven fruit profiles that express real personality and character, just like the man who crafts them.