Great news. South Africa is back up and running and back to selling their wine into the domestic market.
The past weeks have been a worrying time for the wine industry down in South Africa, and their economy as a whole. They are by no means out of trouble, but at least they can start making sales locally again.
As promised earlier in the week via Instagram, we are launching a quick release of Johan Meyer's wine, however before we do that for those of you who don't know Johan Meyer AKA Stompie here is a little introduction:
Johan was recently named in the Top Ten of young Cape winemakers to watch and is one of South Africa's most promising talents. His JH Signature Wines are made from selected grapes in the cooler regions of Elgin, Outeniqua and Elandskloof, where he is making terroir-focused Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in small batches, think Burgundian style of wines. "I fell in love with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay while working in New Zealand and Santa Barbara. There's great potential for both grapes in South Africa, and, as they are less widely planted, you have a chance to put your stamp on the wines if you do a good job," he says. He recently started bottling three single-vineyard Pinot Noirs which he vinifies in the same way, to showcase the distinct expression of each site.
This range looks at natural wines (check out Will's article on them) which are full of raw power and texture.
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The Force Majeure
Noticing a gap in the UK market for artisanal, well-made South African Chenin at an accessible price, they decided to use this fruit to create the first Force Majeure. The success of this wine has given way to two new additions to the Force Majeure line: a Cinsault Rosé and a Red Blend made up of Syrah, Pinotage, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvedre, both produced with the same principles as the original.
The Mother Rock
Mother Rock is a collaboration between winemaker Johan Meyer and Indigo founder Ben Henshaw. Johan, a rising star of the new South African wine scene, developed strong relationships with some of the best grape growers across the Cape over the years, and as a result, he has gained access to some of the region's best fruit. Johan focuses on discovering exceptional parcels of well-farmed vines grown on a variety of soil types and vinified as naturally as possible. These terroir-focused wines offer fantastic drinkability and enjoyment. It doesn't hurt that the labels are beautiful. Ultimately, Mother Rock is about showcasing the best and purest expression of South Africa's diverse terroir.
JH Meyer Signature WinesThese are Johan's label wines. A small boutique wine producer, producing handcrafted natural wines from small plots of vineyards in the south coast region of South Africa. Inspired by many travels to New Zealand, California and Burgundy, Johan has been scouting vineyards to produce the best South Africa can offer, giving honour to the world's most elite varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Driven by nature and "terroir" the wines show unique flavours and characteristics of the land it was grown on.