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South Africa | Swartland

Traditionally a grain-producing area, in summer the Swartland district is marked by green pockets of vineyards clambering up the foothills of the mountains (Piketberg, Porterville, Riebeek and Perdeberg) and along the banks of the Berg River. In the past, the region was planted mainly to bushvines but trellising is increasingly being adopted due to advances in management strategies and quality considerations.

The Swartland literally translated means ‘the black land’ and the area takes its name from the now endangered indigenous renosterbos (rhino bush) which once turned the landscape a dark colour at certain times of the year. The district was traditionally a source of robust, full-bodied red wines and high quality, fortified wines. The Swartland Independent Producers (SIP) is a coming together of a group of like-minded producers working to express a true sense of place in the wines of the Swartland.

In recent times, some exciting award-winning wines have emerged, both red and white, and the area continues to produce top port-style wines. Increasing percentages of Pinotage, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are being grown here, as well as Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. It has two designated wards, Malmesbury and Riebeekberg. The district of Swartland borders Piketberg to the north, which is not dissimilar in both geography and climate.

 

 

Kloof Street Swartland Rouge 2018

From £15.50 - per bottle
A Mediterranean style red wine blend from sustainably farmed vineyards grown in Swartland... Read More...

Kloof Street Chenin Blanc 2019

From £15.50 - per bottle
Top notch Swartland Old Vine Chenin Blanc by Chris & Andrea Mullineux, drinking beautifully now... Read More...

Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve 2018

From £16.95 - per bottle
A balanced and superbly structured Chenin Blanc matured in oak for 10 months... Read More...

Babylon's Peak SMG 2017

From £14.95 - per bottle
A classic red Rhône blend with dark fruits, ripe tannins and long aftertaste... Read More...

Swartland Winery Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2018

From £14.95 - per bottle
A full flavoured, classic Chenin Blanc with rich and honied aromas of ripe tropical fruits... Read More...

Swartland Winery Winemakers Collection Granite Rock Red 2016

From £10.95 - per bottle
Swartland Winery's Winemaker's Collection is an expression of Swartland's finest terroir. The wines... Read More...

Mullineux Straw Wine 2018

£27.50
The secret to Mullineux's Straw Wine is harvesting Chenin grapes at normal ripeness... Read More...

Mullineux Syrah 2017

From £27.00 - per bottle
Bottled unfined & unfiltered this is an elegant, perfumed & silky Syrah... Read More...

Swartland Winery Bush Vine Syrah 2017

From £14.95 - per bottle
The Swartland Winery Bush Vine Syrah displays a forthcoming, complex nose with an... Read More...

Babylon's Peak Viognier Roussanne 2017

From £14.95 - per bottle
Award winning Viognier and Roussanne white wine blend... Read More...

Rall 'AVA' Syrah 2019

From £50.00 - per bottle
AVA is one of the great modern-day South African Syrah's... Read More...

Swartland Winery Winemakers Collection Granite Rock White 2017

From £10.95 - per bottle
Swartland Winery's Winemaker's Collection is an expression of Swartland's finest terroir. The wines... Read More...

Mullineux Single Terroir Schist Syrah 2017

From £75.00 - per bottle
The most structured Syrah in the Single Terroir range, with a meaty, savoury character... Read More...

Mullineux Single Terroir Granite Syrah 2017

From £75.00 - per bottle
This violet-perfumed Syrah is the most elegant of the Mullineux's single-terroir Syrahs... Read More...

Mullineux Single Terroir Granite Chenin Blanc 2018

From £50.00 - per bottle
A fantastic Chenin Blanc from 40+ year old bush vines with great ageing potential... Read More...