Rall Wines

Donovan Rall - Giant of a winemaker


Donovan Rall is a giant of a man and a giant of a winemaker

But Donovan is a gentle giant and one of many winemaking giants in the Cape these days. Having graduated with a degree in viticulture and oenology in 2005, Dovovan spent the next few years working in vineyards around the world before returning to his home in South Africa's Cape winemaking region. Natural winemaking was always his mission, harvesting small quantities of amazing fruit from several very special vineyard parcels around the Cape. Donovan is a blending wizard and, not surprisingly, a red and a white Cape blend are the mainstay of his production both made in quite small quantities. In addition he is a member of the very significant Swartland Independent Producers, a group of like-minded wine-growers in the Swartland region of the Western Cape whose object is to make authentic wines that represent the terroir of the region and to which quite strict rules apply.

Donovan's Rall Red is red blend with Syrah and Grenache and always comes from 100% Swartland fruit while his Rall White is a stunning blend of Chenin Blanc with Verdelho, Viognier and Chardonnay. His 2016 release was one of Tim Atkin MW's White Wines of the Year in his 2017 South Africa Wine Report.

Image courtesy of Greg Sherwood MW

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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