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It’s not inside, it’s on the front: the wine labels we love most

Never judge a book by its cover, they say – but these local wine brands have grabbed our attention with their delightful label designs, which complement the delicious juice they represent.

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CAPE ROCK WINES ASYLUM AND AMNESTY

These two labels from Cape Rock Wines – a farm located between Vredendal and Klawer in the Western Cape – feature striking, moody coastal scenes that appear to connect when placed next to one another. The idea of the two separate

visuals correspond­ing in this way is such a clever touch for a brand… caperockwi­nes.co.za

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SIMONSIG THE GARLAND

The exquisitel­y detailed drawing on The Garland 2015 depicts the very special site on which this single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is grown. The wine is only released when the cellar deems it exceptiona­l – this vintage, which is from the already

legendary wine year that was 2015, should be treasured. simonsig.co.za

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SERIOUSLY OLD DIRT BY VILAFONTÉ

The drawing on this label beautifull­y and subtly conveys the idea of the importance of “terroir”. While the much-used French word doesn’t quite mean just “soil”, the unique qualities of the “dirt” in which vines grow are vitally important

to how the wine turns out in the end. vilafonte.com

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THE BLACKSMITH “BLOODLINE” PET NAT

The Blacksmith’s wine labels are currently all heavily influenced by tattoo art, and among them is this rose label for Pet Nat. It’s so right for the wine: delicate and complex, but also the very opposite of a shrinking violet or wallflower.

Says it all with no words required! theblacksm­ithwines

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AA BADENHORST SECATEURS CHENIN BLANC

This super-identifiab­le label was created by artist and designer Peet Pienaar, and receives praise for being unpretenti­ous, warm and humble. Featuring a line illustrati­on of farmer’s pruning shears, it highlights the physicalit­y of the wine-growing

process and encapsulat­es the aesthetic of AA Badenhorst wines. aabadenhor­st.com

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DAWN PATROL CHENIN BLANC

Dawn Patrol’s easy-drinking wines feature its winemaker with her surfboard on “dawn patrol” on their labels, which were created by Stellenbos­ch-based graphic designers Fanakalo. The drawing is genuinely charming, and gives a personal and

intimate touch to the brand. dawnpatrol­wines.com

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SIJNN LOW PROFILE

This rich and juicy red packs a serious punch, so its subtle and understate­d name and label deliver something of a witty oxymoron. A clean font juxtaposed against a soft watercolou­r is separated by a delicately torn edge – a red herring

for what awaits beneath the label! sijnn.co.za

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AVONDALE ARMILLA BLANC DE BLANC

This elegant and understate­d label perfectly matches the delectable wine in the bottle. It’s especially clever that the main colour is a nutty brown shade that most people would not use on a wine – here, it serves to remind fans of the subtle

biscuity flavours of this superb MCC. avondalewi­ne.co.za

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