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A new Rall wine

Best known for his near-cult Rall White, Donovan Rall is constantly experimenting and, for the first time, we are excited to be able to bring you his stellar 2016 Grenache Blanc as part of his latest releases. ‘Effortless,’ says Christian Eedes, giving it a 95-point score. At only 12.5% alc., it is mostly raised in concrete eggs, 20% skin fermented, which adds a wonderful texture to this light, vibrant and perfectly pitched wine. We have very limited quantities available.

Rall Grenache Blanc 2016

Although 2016 was a difficult vintage, it only served to inspire Donovan to make even better wines. This is essentially a winemaker’s vintage which is most evident in the stunning 2016 Rall White – Neal Martin's pick from the Rall releases and my standout. It has the same wonderful, layered complexity as previous vintages and, like in the past, will need another year in the bottle to show off its best. This is an exceptional wine, highly sought-after and bound to sell out in a flash.

The Rall Red 2015 is his finest red yet. The latest release benefits greatly from a new and low-yielding Syrah vineyard grown on schist soils. The tiny berries bring fruit and structural power without the fruit becoming flabby. Fresh and bright on the nose but wonderfully reticent, followed by grippy and coated tannins, it is a much more delineated and serious offering.

Due to huge demand these wines are very limited.


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Rall, White 2016
The 2016 White Blend is a blend of 60% Chenin Blanc, 30% Verdelho and 7% Viognier with 3% Chardonnay. The 2016 includes a new addition to the blend in the form of a new schist vineyard to complement the decomposed granite soils (the vineyard also includes Syrah that will be bottled separately from 2017). Also, it is the first white blend under 14% alcohol. It has a lovely bouquet: nectarine, a hint of praline, lanolin and a hint of walnut that gains more and more delineation with time. The palate is beautifully balanced with a fine line of acidity, just a hint of praline once again on the back palate, nectarine and white peach towards the poised finish. What a superb white blend from Donovan Rall. Drink 2017-2030. – Neal Martin, 94 points

Rall, Red 2015
The 2015 Red Blend from Donovan Rall is a blend of 80% Syrah, 15% Grenache and for the first time, 5% Cinsault, with 100% whole bunch. Deep in color, it has a very well-defined bouquet with ebullient dark cherry, red plum and bergamot aromas, that trait of melted asphalt surfacing with continued aeration. The palate is medium-bodied (again) with slightly tarry red fruit, the stem addition neatly integrated, a bitter cherry note towards the structured finish and a prolonged black pepper aftertaste. It feels broodier, more introspective than previous vintages, which Donovan suggests might be because of the iron content in the vineyard. It deserves 3-4 years in bottle, if you can wait. Drink 2020-2035. – Neal Martin, 93 points

Rall, Grenache Blanc 2016
From Piekenierskloof grapes. 80% fermented in concrete egg, 20% fermented on the skins in barrel. An enticing nose of flowers, peach and pineapple. The palate shows lovely fruit concentration combined with riveting acidity before a saline finish. Great mouthfeel – plump without being thick textured or listless. Has a real effortlessness about it. – Christian Eedes, 95 points



 
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