Green Shebeen: young and eco-friendly
THE VERY name on the labels indicates the nature of the enterprise – Green Shebeen suggests that this is a young, eco-friendly, funky operation. Marthinus Botha, an avid surfer and event organiser De Vos Meaker joined forces with Org de Rac estate in the Swartland to bottle and offer consumers four wines, made from certified organically grown grapes.
Meaker grew up in the Paarl winelands while Botha’s from Hermanus – both have marketing qualifications and experience, and they seem set for success.
The wines are accessible and unpretentious and consist of a red blend and a cab, both selling at R64, neither of which I have tasted. The 2012 unwooded chardonnay (R61) is crisp and fruity while the rose (R56) is made from merlot. Look out for the screwcapped bottles with a hand and waving fingers on the black labels.