Bryan MacRobert 'Steen', Swartland
- Chenin Blanc
- Lovely complex and rich nose, notes of peach, apricot, apple and lime.
- Western Cape
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- South Africa
- South Africa
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- Organic, Vegetarian, Vegan
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- Former assistant to the famous producer Eben Sadie, highly gifted and energetic young winemaker Bryan MacRobert makes a few barrels of wine in the Swartland under his own label, Abbotsdale wines. It's so healthy for a region when winemakers are making their own tiny production wines because it helps to make the scene more dynamic. It also helps newcomers to emerge even when they haven't got pots of cash, allowing them to build gradually.
Bryan MacRobert Wines is a small wine producing company located in the Swartland wine region in South Africa. Run by Bryan as the winemaker and Jean-Paul Stuyck as the accountant the two manage the micro-company producing small lots of very high-quality wines. Bryan works closely with high quality, low yielding grape growers to ensure the quality and consistency of his wines.
Bryan's approach is very much that of minimum intervention and less oak presence, and he has a surprising amount of experience for a young winemaker, also crafting impressive terroir-expressive Riojas under his Laventura label in Spain. As he says of that particular project: "I want to make Rioja as it once was. I'm trying to make honest wines," which sums up his approach to all his winemaking, whether it be South African wines or Riojas.
The vineyards that Bryan uses are all located in the Swartland wine region. The grapes are sourced from vineyards close to the village of Abbotsdale to the south western part of the Swartland region. We buy grapes from family owned vineyards and select special parcels from growers that work organically without the use of pesticides, inorganic fertilizers, herbicides or fungicides.The Chenin Blanc grapes for this Steen are sourced from a 37 year-old single vineyard. The vines are unirrigated bush wines.
Lovely complex and rich nose, notes of peach, apricot, apple and lime. Pure, weighty, precise and complex palate - mineral and tight. This wine is elegant yet complex and has potential to go some time in the bottle. Superb, top quality winemaking.
- "This wine has a clear gold appearance with primary fruits of pear, lemon and lime. The palate is medium-dry with a good complex mouthfeel. Good body, good integration between the fruit and acidity. Lovely definition towards the finish that lingers in the mouth" - Neal Martin.
"Winemaker Bryan MacRobert graduated from the hallowed cellar of Sadie Family wines learning his craft from Swartland legend Eben Sadie. Fruit for this bottling is from old vines, on a steep, east-facing slope in a very cool vineyard. This gives the wine a little more focus and crunch than some of the rounder, more generous renditions from the Swartland. I love it and the value is stunning" - Ryan Woodhouse - K&L S. African Wine Buyer.
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- Food match:
Summer salads and light fish dishes.
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