Charles Fox

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Charles Fox – Elgin, South Africa

Originally a fruit farm planted with apples, pears and plums, Furneaux farm was purchased by Charles and Zelda Fox in 2005 after an inter-regional search for Cap Classique-specific terroir. The cellar was built in 2010 with an underground storage capacity of 200,000 bottles. In concordance with advice on clone and site selection from viticulturist Paul Wallace, 6.3ha of land was planted to 10 blocks of vines. These face north-east and south on an elevation between 230m and 300m above sea level. Perold-trellised rows were planted in a north-west to south-east direction primarily to minimise wind damage. The vineyards at Furneaux farm have been planted with the three traditional Champagne varieties Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. The wines are blended by Nicolas Follet, a Reims-based Champagne producer.

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Sakkie Mouton

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Sakkie Mouton – Vredendal, South Africa

Hailing from Vredendal originally, Sakkie Mouton was born and bred up the west coast and went to school locally there before moving to Elsenburg college to study winemaking. Sakkie Mouton is the epitome of the classic West Coast maverick or perhaps the West Coast misfit to use his own words. But whatever descriptives you use to describe his unique brand of winemaking and marketing, there is no denying this young man’s incredible talent, passion and vision. Almost uniquely, despite his enviable and obvious rock star talents, he has never been too confident or arrogant to dismiss advice or unwilling to alter course in the name of producing the very best possible end product.

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Anima Negra

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Anima Negra – Mallorca, Spain

An icon in the world of Mallorcan wine. Since Miquel Àngel Cerdá & Pere Obrador established the estate in 1994 it has been a key player in the international understanding of the World-class wines the island is capable of producing.

The two friends decided that the wines of their native Mallorca weren’t reaching their full potential. Their initial results were so encouraging that they decided to form a partnership and continue pursuing their newly found passion for wine.
Natural farming is prioritized at Ànima Negra. The vines are dry-farmed and not fertilized, chemical insecticides and herbicides being avoided in favour of biodynamic practices and a preference for indigenous yeasts. They produce their wines on the old country estate of Son Burguera, the buildings dating back to the 13th century.

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Domenico Ponzo

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Domenico Ponzo – Sicily, Italy

Domenico Ponzo is an agricultural expert who does a small production of olive oil (around 2000 litres) from his family’s olive trees located in the commune of Salemi in the famous Valle del Belice (Western Sicily).

Farmed with full respect for nature, without the use of chemical products, the majority of the olive trees are more than 100 years old and are Cerasuola and Nocellara varieties. There are also some olives sourced from a new experimental plot planted with young Arbequina trees.

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Waterkloof

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Waterkloof – Stellenbosch, South Africa

Founded by Paul Boutinot in 2004, Waterkloof is a family-owned, organic, biodynamic and WWF Biodiversity Champion farm perched high up on the windswept Schapenberg, overlooking False Bay and The Atlantic Ocean. Living soils, naturally low yields and a long growing season help provide talented young Cellarmaster Nadia Barnard with naturally balanced grapes that are imbued with a truly defining sense of origin. Those grapes are then transformed into wine with a minimum of intervention. The resulting wines are fine, inimitable and best enjoyed with food.

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Terra de Falanis

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Terra de Falanis – Mallorca, Spain

The Falanis project was created by the founders of Bodega Ànima Negra and is rooted with one foot on the home island of Mallorca and the other foot in the regions of Montsant, Penedès & Calatayud where wines are produced from old vineyards of those regions native varieties. Terra de Falanis was the name used by the Mallorcan historian, author and artist Miquel Barceló to describe the village and people before the existance of the actual village Felanitx, one of the most important villages on the east coast of Mallorca, and home to Anima Negra. AN see the Falanis project as a way of extending the concepts and techniques that they have learnt, in other regions away from Mallorca, applying them further afield from their natural borders, discovering the fantastic possibilities in other denominations of origin.

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Piedra Fluida

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Piedra Fluida – Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Piedra Fluida project came into being with the 2018 vintage with the aim of being a guardian of biodiversity. It is a core part of founder, Mr. Felix Becker’s, strategy to protect and strengthen the conservation of the natural environment and generate economic development in the Canary Islands. This encompasses agricultural production, organic products, livestock production, restoration, ecotourism real estate and organic wine production. 26 hectares of ancient, high altitude, un-grafted vines stretching up to the highest vineyards in Europe at 1687 metres. The indigenous red grape, Lista Negro, is planted on the northern slopes with the whites, made from Listan Blanco, the local name for Palomino, planted in the drier, higher Southern side. Vineyards are tended in the ancestral way – by hand and animal – with no machine access possible to these old parcels and terroirs.

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Benanti

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Benanti – Sicily, Italy

The Benanti family, whose Sicilian roots date back to 1734, were true pioneers of Etna with Giuseppe Benanti being the first to realise the true potential for this unique volcanic region. Etna would not be what it is today, were it not for the visionary work of Giuseppe Benanti. The winery, which was set up in 1988 has, over time, sold off the lesser deemed plots of land and acquired further plots in the most prestigious slopes and Contrada. Now totalling 28 hectares, the winery only produces wines from Nerelo Mascalese, Nerelo Capuccio and Carricante. At the top of the pyramid lie the iconic wines which include Pietra Marina Etna Bianco Superiore, located in the Rinazzo Contrada on the eastern slopes of the mountain made from 100% Carricante; Serra della Contessa Particella no 587 Etna Rosso Riserva is now made from an even smaller and rare parcel of pre-phylloxera vines within the Monte Serra Contrada; Rovitello Particella no 341 Etna Rosso Riserva, along with Pietra Marina, was one of the first wines to be vinified at the winery in 1990 and comes from the terraced vineyards in Contrada Dafara Galuzzo on the northern slopes of Etna. The Contrada selection include Contrada Dafara Galuzzo Etna Rosso, Contrada Rinazzo Etna Bianco Superiore, Contrada Monte Serra Etna Rosso, Contrada Cavaliere Etna Bianco, Contrada Cavaliere Etna Rosso, and the very rare 100% Nerello Capuccio Terre Siciliane Rosso. The classic range then comprises an Etna Bianco, Rosato and Rosso DOC. The winery farms organically, and have seamlessly blended the essence of traditional winemaking in the region, coxing the true essence of this magical terroir with the best of modern winemaking techniques and viticulture. Benanti, now run by Giuseppe’s twin sons Salvino and Antonio, strive only for excellence, to uphold the traditions of their father and to further raise the profile of the best wines from Mount Etna.

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Sette

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Sette – Piemonte, Italy

Our great friend Gino is one of the 3 friends also including star winemaker Gian Luca Colombo, that came together in 2017 to tend the vines to craft the wine from a splendid vineyard in Nizza Monferrato. They take their name from the mysitcalk number ‘7’, sette in Italian. This is the prime region for Barbera and one of the communes of the Nizza DOCG. Five and a half hectares of well-ventilated hillside vines aged between 20 and 80 years farmed organically. Vineyards are at around 280m and composed of a mix of limestone, chalk, silicates and grey marls. Production of their 7 wines averages around 30 000 bottles. Like us these are people infused in the world of wine and it’s no surprise that their efforts result in delicious wines to fall in love with.
They sum themselves up in this way:

“Sette is of no use to anyone, one vine, the Barbera that is of no use to anyone. Two denominations, Barbera d’Asti and Nizza that could easily find no place in the wine lists of 99 of the 100 Italian provinces. Sette has no historical link with the territory that hosts it, no grandfather who left the vineyards, no country house with a vineyard from which the grapes were obtained to be sold to the social cellar. Sette is a beautiful vineyard of almost 6 hectares in the heart of Bricco di Nizza with which we have fallen madly in love, taken over from a previous conventional agricultural management and currently under bio and biodynamic management. Sette is wines that nobody needs, so we make them as we please”.

Which just makes us love them more.

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Smiley Wines

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Smiley Wines – Swartland, South Africa

At the heart of Terracura in Swartland are the Smiley non-vintage wines that have not only spearheaded the brand but have been trail blazers for off the beaten track and maverick winemaking in South Africa. First vinified by winemaker Ryan Mostert just short of a decade ago – inspired by the hyper-oxidised wines of the Jura in France – it has grown into a fascinating vehicle with which to push the boundaries of South African winemaking in a region already renowned for raging against the status quo. Winemaker Chris Groenewald of Pounding Grape Wines has taken over production creating, wines that simultaneously intrigue and delight, managing to be both esoteric and accessible.

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