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 2021
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.
The ballet dancer from vines up the slope on a steeper gradient. Rich and ripe- thatch and baking spice aromas segue into a palate that’s leesy, complex and focused, with deftly handled 25% new wood and impressive length.
“Coming from a dry-farmed vineyard in Swartland, the 2021 Rooidraai is 100% Chenin Blanc that possesses power, brightness and purity that is instantly impressive. Bright notes of honeysuckle and seductive oak tones lift out of the glass with notes of citrus blossom and dusty lemon skin. Light to medium-bodied but with no shortness in length, the wine somersaults with a delicate mineral tension, possessing a crystalline purity, offering focus, finesse and a kiss of phenolic bitterness with impressive weight and power on the palate. The wine unfolds and uncoils over the long, spicy, mineral-laced finish, revealing an absolutely fantastic expression of Chenin Blanc. Keep your eyes peeled for more awesome things from Carinus Family Vineyards.” 2023-2034
93+ Points, Anthny Mueller, The Wine Advocate