The wines of The Berrio
Visiting Elim, South Africa, part 4


Francis Pratt of The Berrio

It was the success of the Berrio wines that really helped spread the word about Elim. It started as a collaboration between two good friends: farmer Francis Pratt and Bruce Jack of Flagstone, who together made two striking wines for seven vintages from 2001. These were a Sauvignon Blanc and a Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2008 Bruce Jack sold Flagstone to Constellation, and the partnership ended. Francis Pratt has since made the wines on his own, with some help from Bruce. His marketing slogan is ‘Praise the wind’, referring to the breezes that influence viticulture so much here.  


The Berrio Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Elim
Very fresh and focused with crisp fruit and a grassy edge. Citrussy and mineralic. Love the purity of the fruit. 90/100

The Berrio Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Elim
This was Francis Pratt’s first vintage all on his own. Taut, fresh, mineral matchstick reduction on the nose. Fresh, focused and nicely complex. The palate is crisp and taut with lovely mineral notes and some flinty reduction. Distinctive wine. 91/100

The Berrio The Weathergirl 2009 Elim
70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon. Taut, focused nose is very fresh with a hint of citrus. Almost transparent. The palate has a salty, mineral character. Taut and pure with lovely acidity and subtle citrus notes. It’s almost not about the fruit. Intriguing stuff. 91/100

The Berrio Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Elim
Fresh gravelly nose with lovely bright berry and blacckcurrant fruit. The palate is really fresh with nice fruit purity and good structure. Ageing nicely. 90/100


The Elim wine region: an introduction
Black Oystercatcher
The Berrio
Quoin Rock
Photos from Elim
Photos of Fynbos, Elim

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South Africa revisited (series)

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