The Pilsner has been making a comeback for at least the last five years. American […]
reat mix of red and dark fruit, very bright, juicy, lift on the finish, herbal
Writer: David Reuss Editor: Courtney Schiessl
Utilizing old-vine, dry-farmed bush vines, Swerwer offers a savory, classic take on the Swartland field blend. Co-fermented Cinsault and Grenache deliver candied Bing cherry and raspberry flavors alongside scrubby herbes de Provence, sage, and tilled earth. The wildcard import Tinta Barocca—famous in the Douro and planted decades ago by Portuguese expats—adds heft and power to the mid-palate, deepening the color and adding plummy black fruit to the mix. Potting soil, licorice, and dried strawberry all blend together in a firm, drying finish. If only winemaker Jasper Wickens dedicated more time on this passion project and less on his full-time duties at A.A. Badenhorst, you’d have better chances of finding a bottle of this grippy and food-friendly red.