Wine Gems – Restless River & Testalonga

Restless River

Restless River is a unique winery located in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, characterized by its high altitude, proximity to the cold South Atlantic ocean, and distinctive ancient granite-based soils. The winery benefits from a cool maritime climate and decomposed granite soils, allowing the production of lighter, more elegant wines with a balance of texture, length, and complexity.Craig, a passionate farmer and winemaker, along with Anne, who manages the business side, continue the legacy with some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay vines in the region, dating back to 1999. They also introduced Pinot Noir in 2013. Craig’s unconventional and sensory-driven approach reflects the pioneering spirit of his forefathers and adds a unique touch to the winemaking process.

We are very happy to share our allocation of these delicious and special wines with you! Limited stock and as usual first come first served.

Click here to order Ava Marie Chardonnay, R3 474 per case
Click here to order Main Rd & Dignity Cabernet Sauvignon, R4 410 per case
Click here to order Le Luc Pinot Noir, R3 474 per case

Testalonga “Mielie”

Testalonga, led by Craig and Carla Hawkins, challenges conventions and stands as the avant-garde of South African wine. Considered pioneers in natural wine production in South Africa, Testalonga prioritises purity, precision, and brightness. Their vineyard practices involve working exclusively with high-quality, low-pH grape-producing vineyards, promoting minimal intervention in the cellar. All wines are single variety, expressing the unique character of each vineyard.

In the cellar, no yeast, enzymes, or acid are added. The Chenin Blanc was whole-bunch pressed and fermented in various vessels, before bottling. The Grenache was whole-bunch fermented, pressed after a few days, and then bottled.

The “Mielie” wines, a nickname they gave their daughter, are the newest addition to their range and offer great value in the natural wine market. We love them!

Click here to order Chenin Blanc, R900 per case
Click here to order Grenache, R900 per case
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