Cousins Danie and Hugo are 5th generation growers with prime vineyards in the Swartland, Devon Valley and the very exciting Polkadraai ward in Stellenbosch. Great wine is made in the vineyards and they supply a roll-call of exceptional producers – names like Alheit Vineyards, Crystallum, Raats Family Wines, Thorne & Daughters, Mulderbosch & LeRiche to name but a few. Embodying the drive of the new generation Hugo and Danie decided not only to sell grapes and have other people make great wines from them but to make some wine too. So started Carinus Family Wines using their selection from their 100s hectares to focus on what works in each area.
Carinus Family Vineyards Rooidraai 2020
From a 37 year old dry farmed Swartland vineyard near Malmesbury. Fermented with wild yeast in (mostly) old oak. Long and fine with weighty spiced fruits and delicate honey-twisted aromatic lift.
“Low in alcohol, but not short of flavour, this hails from dryland bush vines on red soils (hence the name) and is a little richer and riper than Carinus’ Polkadraai bottling. Thatch and baking spice aromas segue into a palate that’s leesy, complex and focused, with deftly handled 25% new wood and impressive length. 2021-27”
93 Points Tim Atkin SA Report 2020