- White Wine
- Natural, Sustainable
- Light Bodied
- 12% alc./vol
About the Winery
Radford Dale and The Winery of Good Hope are two brands made by the same people, in the same winery. The team behind these wineries has been an industry leader since the 1990s in chemical free farming, and more recently in low and no sulfur winemaking. They are a founding member of PIWOSA (Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa) which sets ethical, environmental and social uplift standards. Recognizing the social inequality present in South Africa Radford Dale has also set up a trust called Land of Hope to help facilitate bright futures for children, focusing heavily on education.
Alex Dale who owns and manages both projects is an Englishman who grew up spending summers in Burgundy, France. He moved there in his late teens to follow a passion for winemaking and also opened a wine bar in Beaune. He lived in Burgundy for many years before moving to South Africa in 1998, starting Radford Dale with Ben Radford, an Australian. The idea was to produce wines using modern techniques and technology with a healthy respect for tradition, something Alex came to understand well while living in Burgundy.
Wines are made with minimal intervention in order to best express each vineyard’s individuality.
91 Points - Michael Godel
Radford Dale’s “Thirst” line falls under the category of what would be considered natural and sustainable wines in the freshest and wildest expressions that include gamay, cinsault and this clairette. The extreme flint strike off the nose is one of mineral clarity and clear as day matchstick behaviour. Reduction and captured sulphites have not yet dissipated so crank up the agitation and get your swirl on. The clairette revealed is naked as the day it was pressed, lemon zesty and like a mouthful of marigold and wasabi. There may be some hate thrown Thirst’s way but the love you may feel for this wine is warranted, quite OK and accepted. Be yourself and embrace the feeling. Drink 2021-2023. Tasted January 2021.
- White Wine
- Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Picpoul
- Organic, Vegan-Friendly
- Full Bodied
- 13.50% alc./vol
About the Winery
Château de Montfaucon
Just across the Rhone river from the beautiful vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the Lirac appellation extends itself on the low hills alongside the river. The history of Château de Montfaucon dates back to the 11th century when the castle's first tower was built. The castle's role in history was strategic; the Rhône River was the border between the French Kingdom and the Holy Roman German Empire.
Montfaucon was one of a line of castles and fortresses along the Rhône River constructed to guard the border. Rodolphe de Pins takes over the family estate of Montfaucon in 1995, he rebuilds the winery and makes his first vintage. Rodolphe has a natural approach to viticulture and to winemaking; he follows the principals of sustainable agriculture, but in essence the fruit is organic agriculture.
Perfumed aromas of melon, pineapple, spice and oak, hen on to a rick textured palate of green fig and cobnut.