Two new South African producers
This spring we’ve added two new producers from one of the most exciting New World countries of the moment: South Africa.
“I was looking to add some artisanal, new and exciting producers,” says Paul Meihuizen, Bibendum buyer for South Africa. “The country continues to get better and better at its diversity and choice from so many varied micro climates and small regions. Regionality and cool climate are two of the most exciting points of difference for South Africa right now.
“Finding the right wines took a lot of exploratory work and we looked at over 20 different options before we chose Strydom Vineyards in Stellenbosch and Benguela Cove in Walker Bay.”
Rianie and Louis Strydom are a real powerhouse couple in the South African wine scene. Winemakers at well-known Stellenbosch producers and members of the esteemed Cape Winemakers Guild, they set up their own winery as a side project in 2012.
With Louis looking after the vineyards, Rianie is the real driving force and head winemaker, crafting unique and artisanal wines. Producing very small volumes, the wines are created from specially-selected parts of vineyards around Stellenbosch. Most of these vines are planted on the Helderberg slopes, with a focus on Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
A magical part of South Africa, Benguela Cove is located in the cool-climate region of Walker Bay in Hermanus. With 70ha of vines, this is South Africa’s longest stretch of ocean-facing vineyards, while also overlooking the majestic Palmiet Mountains and Bot River Lagoon. The south-easterly sea breeze is chilled by the Benguela Current flowing up from Antarctica, cooling the grapes during the sunny growing season.
With a focus on Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Syrah, esteemed winemaker Johann Fourie crafts wines of character and individuality, from both environmentally- and ethically-accredited vineyards.