Rall wines was established in 2008 and is owned and run by young independent winemaker Donovan Rall.
After graduating with a Viticulture and Oenology degree from Stellenbosch University in 2005 and extensive travels and harvests all over in the next few years, Donovan returned to SA in 2007 for a season in the Swartland. Here he found his inspiration for the Mediterranean varietals and the dream of making these unique and natural styled wines under his own label from these scattered old vineyards was born.
The focus was always going to be on one white and one red blend produced by hand in tiny quantities from the most unique and oldest possible sites he could find. The wine making simple, each parcel allowed to ferment and mature naturally to truly reflect the character of each vineyard and then the right combination of these components would ultimately form the 2 blends.
With this in mind the first 10 barrels of Rall wines was made in 2008 and a few years down the line nothing has changed. Production is still tiny and the focus remains on the 2 wines, learning and understanding more about each vineyard and its contribution every vintage.
Grapes come from a Piekenierskloof ungrafted vineyard and juice underwent spontaneous fermentation, a portion on the skins and maturation lasting six months in a combination of concrete egg and old oak.
“The wine has a complex and evocative nose of citrus, white peach, dried herbs, ginger and spice. The palate is, in a word, vivid. Extraordinary fruit purity, driving acidity and a pithy, almost bitter finish. It’s one of those bottlings which are entirely uplifting to drink.” – Christian Eedes