2021 The Sandman, Lokaia

Cape South Coast,South Africa,


Bottle size: 75cl,
  • GS-93
  • JR-87.5

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Wow. A wine that feels like the physical body shock of a hard-slammed door. It tastes like the sea. It tastes like the colour of the sea – moody, blue-green beautiful, restless. It has hard, high-cliff edges; white sun-bleached-shell minerality. The fruit tastes like lime and green melon pressed between sheets of plate glass. There is a line, by Sean Thomas Dougherty, in his poem ‘The Second O of Sorrow’, which goes, ‘Only to look up at the geometry // of sky’, and when I taste this wine, this i

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CELLAR INFORMATION A virtually unexplored method of producing Chardonnay, resulting in a wine that boasts an alcohol of only 12%. With a perfect balance between mature and slightly under-ripe fruit, this Chardonnay was
fermented and matured in contact with its crushed and destemmed skins and punched down twice a day until the end of fermentation. Matured in a 500L Terracotta Amphora with the bottom lined by fully
mature and dried out stalks. Two months in contact with the skinsunder a layer of fresh virgin olive oil. Drained, unfined and bottlematured for a further year before release. VINEYARD INFORMATION This unique Chardonnay is grown on the naturally sandy soils from
the Franschhoek Valley Floor.

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South Africa


Cape South Coast







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Rating Agencies

Greg Sherwood, JancisRobinson.com


JancisRobinson.com 87.5

[Jancis Robinson, 01/01/2023]

Greg Sherwood 93

The colour of this wine defies the several weeks of skin contact, showing vibrant greens and yellows in the glass. Fresh lemon and lime form the crux of the aromatics, with endless brightness and life on the nose. The palate is endlessly complex and remarkably clean for a natural wine, whose texture in the finish begs another taste. [Greg Sherwood, 01/01/2023]

Producer Profile


There is a phrase in French: ‘l’appel du vide’, which roughly translates to ‘call of the void’. It describes the brief moment when we consider succumbing to the lure of the siren song, or taking a leap from a great height. This Cabernet Franc is a consequence of that moment. An outright departure from regularity. The result is a bright, naturally low alcohol wine, with plenty of body and depth coming from the fact that the wine was fermented and matured on the skins for 4 months in a small amphora. A natural, unfined, unfiltered wine that may produce small amounts of tartrates and sediment in the bottle over time.



This old Cabernet Franc vineyard was planted on the rocky Eastfacing slopes of Franschhoek’s Dutoitskop Peak.



In an effort to capture the purity and bright red fruit of Cabernet Franc, these grapes were harvested at a potential alcohol of just 11.5%. Each grape was meticulously sorted before being fermented and matured on the skins in a small amphora for four months. A true and pure expression of Cabernet Franc, spontaneously fermented with wild yeasts and void of any influence from oak. A natural, unfined, unfiltered wine that may produce small amounts of tartrates in the bottle over time.