"Marelise Niemann is a champion of Grenache. Her label, Momento, began officially in 2013, when she was still working at Beaumont in the Bot River region of South Africa. But it was in 2011 the she bought her first parcel of grapes: she shared the grapes from a vineyard in the north of the Swartland with Donovan Rall - Jamie Goode  "  Read More.  

Apart from her wonderful Grenache, I love her Chenin Blanc Verdelho white blend - such  a beauty. And this year, she has released a 2017 Grenache Gris which has been much admired but yet to be tasted by me.

Watch Marelise Niemann as she chats with Jamie Goode about her love of Grenache

In July 2014, Jancis Robinson MW wrote "I'm not a great fan of the word 'icon' when attached to wine so it was with a certain amount of scepticism that I attended a wine tasting last month billed as a collection of South African Icons. In my general tastings in Britain, I had been becoming increasingly aware of a whole new wave of young South Africans making a quite different style of wine. So, despite the name, I was particularly keen to taste these 'icons'. I was not disappointed " says Jancis Robinson MW.

Read more about what Jancis Robinson, herself an icon, has to say about Cape wines 


About Kinnegar

Kinnegar Wines was born almost by accident and been growing organically since.

In 1998, I was in the midde of a two year diploma course with the London Wine & Spirits Trust when an opportunity came up to visit South Africa's Western Cape. Naturally, I was keen to avail of the opportunity to learn more about viticulture and winemaking in South Africa.

We had an excellent guide who brought us to a number of the Cape's leading estates including Thelema and De Trafford where we had in depth vineyard and cellars tours. At the end of the day, I wanted to take back some of the wonderful wines we had tasted for our own use. It was not possible to take two or three cases of wine with us on our flight and shipping such a small quantity was more than the cost of wines. So I had the mad idea of shipping a pallet! Clearly, I had to start selling these wines and so began Kinnegar Wines. Ashford Castle took many of the wines and continue to list them and newer arrivals ever since.

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