The towering talent of this itinerant winemaker started out with his own wines back in 2008 after touring/working for a variety of wineries in Europe and Australasia. Donovan is always on the lookout for amazing fruit that he can craft into something even more amazing; wines from old forgotten vineyards or isolated sites that are full of character, charm and flavour. Donovan trained with Eben Sadie and Miles Mossop before doing his own thing - creating wonderfully honest and natural wines that punch way above their weight.
Donovan Rall Wandering Beeste Syrah 2017
Donovan Rall’sBoutinot Winemakers Project is one of his small volume, single-vineyard undertakings and the first time he’s made straight varietal wines. During the day Donovan is the winemaker at Zorgvliet. His career has seen him work with the likes of Eben Sadie & Miles Mossop and he too is a winemaker confident in following his own path and revelling in the Cape’s near-forgotten old vineyards.
Mineral, fine and uplifting this vintage is another bony Beeste. 50% whole berry, 50% whole bunch, once again it is the bright acidity and fine tannins in the stems that lift the ripe Syrah fruit to a freshness and vitality seldom found in Swartland. The mean, slatey soils give further minerality to the palate which finishes long, broad and bright. Such a delight.