The Outlaw South Africa
Take a walk on the wild side with The Outlaw: maverick wines from the Swartland, the spiritual home for cutting-edge
winemaking in the Cape.
The Swartland has been outsider country, for people and for grape varieties, for centuries. Where vineyards near the city were subject to changes in fashion, the Swartland remained the bastion of the original varieties. And while coastal vineyards could be replaced within 20 years, in the Swartland, very old age was the norm.
The Swartland is hot and dry, with many bush vine vineyards. When grown as a bush, near the ground, the vine is in sole charge of its crop. There are only as many grapes on the vine as the plant can bring to full ripeness. This, combined with the clay-rich schist soils, is the key to understanding why these wines have been embraced as the cutting-edge of the Cape’s new wave.
The Outlaw showcases this outsider landscape and its rich treasury of vineyards in a pair of blends combining Swartland’s signature grape varieties, old and new. They showcase the ability of today’s winemakers to harness these rare old vine resources with the most spectacular results.