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Breaking: Adam Mason was raised by wolves!

The South African consumer has never had such a plethora of exciting wines from across the Cape to choose from. Both Young Guns and seasoned winemakers are sourcing the very best grapes, pushing the industry forward and thrilling palates. We are, however, noticing a push-back for the first time as some producers have overshot the runway with ambitious prices. 

Raised by Wolves has flown somewhat under the radar and offers comparatively excellent value. It’s a project by winemaking legend Adam Mason of Mulderbosch Vineyards. The name, says Adam, is a parody of the constant one-upmanship between winemakers:

My wine is a single vineyard!
Yeah, well my wine is naturally fermented…
Oh yeah, well my wine is hand sorted by berry.

Well my wines are all of the above, and I was raised by wolves.’ – Adam Mason

‘Well my wines are all of the above, and I was raised by wolves.’ – Adam Mason

The most exciting of the quartet is the La Colline Sémillon Groendruif from the famous Franschhoek vineyard, La Colline. It’s no secret that these same grapes produce another wine, sold at three times the price, from another high-flying winemaker. It is textured, pure and exotic and offers beguiling complexity and vinous ecstasy.  

The pure-fruited Limestone Pinot Noir is exciting too. Sourced from the small Overberg hamlet of Vermaaklikheid; an arid region about 20km from the sea. As the name states, the vineyards are strewn with limestone, rare in the Cape, which gives it a fine balance of unique ripeness and, dare we say, minerality.

The Old School Cinsaut Cabernet Sauvignon, boosted by the thrilling 2015 vintage, is one of the best takes on this blend we have tasted. Finally, my favourite in the line-up, is the old vine Driehoek Chenin Blanc. There are many great examples on the market but this one hits the mark with superb ripeness, true precision and pure yumminess.

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