Kedungu 2017 — Red Blend
A Wine That
has South African soul while nodding to southern France, in sunglasses, with a surfboard tucked under its arm. It is named after a surf spot in Bali that is special to Jurgen; he feels the energy he picked up there on a hungover surf was transferred into the wine. Spicy and herbal, you can picture the bush vines and shrubbery that create this wine. It envelopes you in fennel and wild thyme, with fresh blackcurrant notes that taste like the berries you pick straight off the bush. Lipsmacking but equally serious, with graphite and stony undertones, it will linger on your palate for many minutes after you've finished the bottle.
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Where and How?
The group of farmers and winemaker behind the Swartland Revolution: a group that pioneers sensitive farming and fresh, expressive winemaking, love two things: their vines and surfing. Jurgen is no exception. Before harvest one year, they went on a surfing holiday to Bali. Pretty hungover one day, they ended up at a special spot called 'Kedungu.' It's a place that was so special to Jurgen that he's sure he received a certain energy from it, and this energy is transferred into this wine.
The vineyard is unirrigated, and was planted in 2001 to bush vines of Syrah, Cinsault & Mourvèdre, on a mixture of shale/oakleaf/ferricrete and granite soils. The wine was naturally whole bunch fermented (so with a touch of carbonic maceration occurring) for eight days in stainless steel. Aged in old oak barrels with just a small touch of sulphur.
Jurgen Gouws may only be in his 30s but he has an impressive track record already. From working with Eben Sadie both here in the Swartland and in Priorat at Terroir al Limit, to working in Côte-Rotie and the Roussillon, to eventually working with Craig Hawkins at Lammershoek, he has had an impressive lineup of mentors. Originally from the eastern Cape, Jurgen decided to settle in the Swartland because of the energy of the place:
"From the beginning I fell in love with the Swartland. Number one because of the people - there was this totally different relaxed vibe - they were really chilled. There were no egos. I realised it was possible to work and enjoy life. Too often, Africa can be all work, work work, and that's it. Sometimes we miss out a bit on the good part of life - like sitting down with a glass of really great wine."
These days, Jurgen leases vineyards to farm organically, as well as working closely with a number of organic and biodynamic farmers from whom he purchases fruit. He is on a mission to use natural methods to ensure his vines live a healthy long life, while producing enough crop to be financially viable. In a region that suffers greatly from drought, this is not always easy, but so far, so good: this is one of the most exciting young farmer-winemakers in Africa.