“Minimalist Wines is all about making quality wine with minimal intervention. It’s about focusing on the varietaIs I’m passionate about (chiefly cool climate Syrah), about treating them gently in the cellar and then allowing nature to shine.
At heart, it’s about respecting the fruit by using what occurs naturally in each vineyard and letting it ferment spontaneously, so the unique and fascinatingly diverse microflora speaks for itself. Then, relying on old-school techniques – like foot stomping and whole-bunch fermentation – and barrelling the wine in subtly seasoned Oak that’s already had a few fills.
Exploring the possibilities with cool-climate Syrah is our passion. But finding great Syrah vineyards in the right place is increasingly challenging and, in 2019, it was gutting to discover that two of the Elgin vineyards from which we source the grapes for our Connect the Dots Syrah had been lost to apples.
Minimalist Wines is on a mission to make sure that doesn’t happen again. And, as a first step in our commitment to keep Syrah vines in the ground, we’ve leased a small but beautiful parcel of land in the Elgin Valley at Niemandsrivier, which is where the grapes for this EXPERIMENTAL Noir were sourced.
Owned by Johan and Milanie Vosloo, and now farmed by us, it was planted in 2006. Our three hectare block encompasses three soil types and three clones and this fresh, unoaked Syrah is a flag bearer of our high expectations as the vineyard gets more love and attention.” – Sam Lambson