Jacques de Klerk is winemaker and viticulturalist at Radford Dale in Somerset West, but for the past few years he has been making miniscule amounts of edge-of-your-seats Chenin Blanc from a special old dry-farmed vineyard in the Swartland, planted in 1978 on pure, decomposed granite soils. In Jacques’ words, “Reverie represents everything I have learnt about terroir, Chenin Blanc, viticulture and natural winemaking”. The yield from this vineyard is tiny and production is small, with just a couple of hundred bottles of 2016 left, about a barrel’s worth in 2017, and half that in 2018. But in 2018 Jacques also made his first Pinotage, wholly carbonic maceration, and an epic, game-changing interpretation of the Cape’s ‘native’ grape.
A vibrant crimson in colour with violet rim instantly sets this wine apart from darker, more extracted styles of Pinotage. This breezy nature is also reflected on the nose, where aromas of garden fresh raspberries and dried herbs create an airy, yet enticing experience. The wine seems almost weightless, before generous cherry and pomegranate notes give it power. Spice notes add complexity over a light, but textured mid palate and into a long, refreshing lift in the finish.