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!

6. Avondale Mcc Brut (NV)

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One of the best sparkling wines from South Africa in my view. Nice sharp acidity, pleasant little bubbles, a touch of fruity, heady fragrance and lees (yeasty, toasted nutty notes). Better than most non-champagne sparkling wines out there (including anything I personally have tried from Cali). Farmed with a personal mix of organics and biodynamics, Avondale is definitely sustainable. They get rid of snails, for example, by using ducks who are specially trained and taken to the vineyard in a "duckmobile". Cute!
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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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