Erica Landin

Location: Stockholm, AB

While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

The New South Africa

Sorry for the radio silence, I have been busy uncovering a hidden gem from within my prejudices. South Africa, maybe too well known for over-ripe, "created" bulk wines, proved to be so much more. A trip around the western cape was not only breathtakingly beautiful, it also gave me the chance to discover the newest wave of winemaking in this part of the world. Sure, a decent number of well established properties have already showed that they can make French-styled premium wines. But now come the young guns, showing us a new South African style with lots of personality and optimal drinkability. The whites were some of the most interesting wines I tried, and especially the ones based on the grape chenin blanc. A few cool-climate chardonnays combined the richness of sunny weather with the acidity and backbone of cool nights. Quite pleasant! Here are a few picks which I sincerely hope you can get a hold of. They opened my eyes!

1. Lammershoek Barrique Chenin Blanc (2010)

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The first time I tasted this I said "wow". The second time I tasted this, I offered to work for the winemaker (he didn't take me, by the way). Such an interesting, rich chenin blanc with many layers of creamy complexity and minerality on top of a good acidity from what should be a terribly hot climate. A fun wine to play with for food pairings or just to drink on its own, well chilled to start. Though a few of his wines are a bit funky, most of what Craig does is absolutely gorgeous. I think this is a future star and trend-setter in South African wine. Watch him!
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  • 92549Eric Guido Very nice, I enjoyed this quite a bit. Will there be a red wine version? I recently had a run in with a number of good South African wines, so I'm very interested to hear more.

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