3 NATURAL WINE IS GETTING SOUTH AFRICANISED
For a while, natural wine was what we heard every hipster in France was into. Now it’s thoroughly integrated into the drinking culture of places like the Swartland, where mavericks such as Adi Badenhorst and
Eben Sadie are leading the pack. Though the term ‘natural’ means different things to different people, in general it’s made without all the junk – industrial fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, enzymes, sugar and the dreaded additive known as Mega Purple – that turns wine into a homogenised product.
You can expect a whole lot more from a wine that’s made naturally, because there’s more potential for idiosyncratic flavours or textures – a greater sense of wine being unique. Enjoying it means understanding that a given wine’s quirks aren’t imperfections. They’re conscious aesthetic choices.