From Spain to South Africa - Terroir al Limit & South African New Arrivals

This weekend we host Dominik Huber, the German ex-pat now firmly settled in Priorat in Spain. Dominik has revolutionised the style of Priorat wines, with his Terroir al Limit project. Originally founded together with Swartland pioneer Eben Said. Working with soft extraction and minimal oak, the wines are a marked departure from the full bodied, highly concentrated wines which made the region famous, instead producing lighter, ethereal and food friendly wines which clearly convey the terroir of the old vine Garnacha and Carignan planed on Priorats liccorella soils. Dominik has recently expanded his operations into vineyards in neighbouring Monsant and this new project, Terroir Sense Fronteres, offers a different perspective on old vine Garnacha from Monsant. This is the first time the wines have been shown in Australia.

We will also have a selection of wines from South Africa, the origin and inspiration for Dominik’s project in Priorat. The new wave of South African producers beat the trail followed by Dominik in the late 1990s. The younger generation are producing lighter, fresher styles of wines underutilised old, dry grown vines. The traditional, heavy styles are a thing of the past. This collection of South African wines features exceptional Cinsault and Chenin Blancs’s from David and Nadia alongside the wines of more established producers such as Badenhorst.

This offer spans the South African regions of: Swartland, Paarl, and Stellenbosch WOs.

We hope you enjoy.

Swartland is the fashionable wine-producing district in South Africa which, since the late 1990s, has attracted some of the country’s most adventurous and least interventionist winemakers. This focus is partly explained by the relatively high percentage of older vineyards planted with varieties well suited to dry viticulture. For red wines these are mainly Rhône varieties, while the whites are typically blends based on low-yielding old Chenin Blanc vineyards. There is a strong community spirit here and an energetic local association of Swartland Independent producers. In recent years it has transformed itself into a hub of premium wine.

This important inland wine district reaches north into Tulbagh and Wellington and east towards Franschhoek, all separate areas of origin. Much of Paarl’s fruit is blended with grapes from districts such as Stellenbosch and Wellington to be sold under the more generic regional origin coastal region.

A warm inland climate less moderated by costal breezes, Paarl relies on altitude and aspect to moderate it’s climate, with cool nights allowing for the production of high quality wines from a diverse range of grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinotage, Chenin Blanc to name a few.

Stellenbosch is Cape South Coast’s most famous wine district, traditionally associated with the country’s most celebrated reds. It has been producing wine since 1679. Stellenbosch is surrounded by valleys of vines and soaring blue-grey mountains of Stellenbosch. -Stellenbosch in 2014—all yield wines capable of displaying distinctive differences. Soils and climate vary, from sandy alluvial loam along the valley floors and river courses to deep, moisture-retaining decomposed granite on the hillsides. Coll breezes from the Atlantic moderate the climate and plantings in surrounding mountains enjoy diverse micro-climates. The region is famous for its Bordeaux style blends and Syrah.