Erica Landin

Location: Stockholm, AB

While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

The New South Africa

Sorry for the radio silence, I have been busy uncovering a hidden gem from within my prejudices. South Africa, maybe too well known for over-ripe, "created" bulk wines, proved to be so much more. A trip around the western cape was not only breathtakingly beautiful, it also gave me the chance to discover the newest wave of winemaking in this part of the world. Sure, a decent number of well established properties have already showed that they can make French-styled premium wines. But now come the young guns, showing us a new South African style with lots of personality and optimal drinkability. The whites were some of the most interesting wines I tried, and especially the ones based on the grape chenin blanc. A few cool-climate chardonnays combined the richness of sunny weather with the acidity and backbone of cool nights. Quite pleasant! Here are a few picks which I sincerely hope you can get a hold of. They opened my eyes!

2. Mullineux White Blend (2011)

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Mullineux, the garagiste winery by young couple Chris and Andréa Mullineux, are making record speed at winning wine writers' hearts. Their wines, over the board, are excellent. No need (in my mind) to hit their prestige bottlings of Syrah - their "regular" shiraz is anything but regular. Same for their sweet straw wine, and for this white blend. Dominated by old-vine chenin blanc from the Swartland area of South Africa, it is a wine with both ample fruit and ample toasted nuttiness. The 2011 made me think of fresh pancakes with cloudberry jam. A must-try. Yum, yum, yum.
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  • 92549Eric Guido Very nice, I enjoyed this quite a bit. Will there be a red wine version? I recently had a run in with a number of good South African wines, so I'm very interested to hear more.

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