Highlights: Chasing Rabbits Grenache 2020 Wellington, South Africa

This is a lovely lighter-styled red wine from young Grenache vines in Wellington. It’s a collaborative wine, made jointly by Indigo Wine and Corlea Fourie of Bosman Family Vineyards.

Chasing Rabbits Organic Grenache 2020 Wellington, South Africa
13.5% alcohol. From bush vine Grenache planted in decomposed granite soils in 2016, the grapes are destemmed and then macerated for three days before pressing to stainless steel for maturation. The result is a wonderful light-coloured red wine, that almost fringes on being a rosé. But it is very definitely a lighter red with juicy cherry and plum fruit, some grainy, stony structure and an appealing minerality, as well as touches of dried herbs, pepper and fennel. Really pretty and expressive with good acidity and a bit of crunch to the red fruit characters. This has drinkability but also a hint of seriousness, and it’s an extremely versatile gastronomic wine, especially when chilled down a little. It’s so refreshing to see wines like these come from South Africa: the low extraction means it resembles the Palhetes of Portugal, which are gaining fans at the moment. 93/100 (UK agent is Indigo Wine, and this is available for £16.50 from The Sourcing Table [declaration of interest, I am contributing editor])