The Wanderlust project allows Craig Wessels to flex his creative muscles – the wine changes every year. The release from vintage 2019 is highly expressive. It began as an exploration of cool climate texture, via a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Pinotage, and has resulted in not only a unique and thought provoking wine, but also a serious and delicious wine that reminds one that undiscovered potential in terroir and cultivar still exists in South Africa.
Restless River is a rising star which has quietly achieved cult-status for its brilliant, Burgundian-style Chardonnay and ultra-elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. Launched in 2012 by Craig Wessels, who, alongside his successful career in digital production, also raced motorbikes and flew helicopters around the Cape, along with his ex-model wife Anne, their farm is located in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. It's home to some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay vines in the region (planted in 1998). At Restless River, things are done in an unhurried way, with great dedication and attention to detail. Almost all their production is done by hand, resulting in limited quantities of each wine, and demand far exceeding supply. The Wanderlust project allows Craig Wessels to flex his creative muscles – the wine changes every year, inspired by the lesser-known, the unconventional and the long-forgotten. The wines are distinctive, one off, and never repeated.
FROM THE PRESS
“'A 50:50 blend of Pinotage and Pinot Noir. A fynbos top note before macerated cherries and an earthy note. The palate has a sweet ‘n sour quality while the tannins are particularly grippy. Intriguing if a bit rustic.' – , 90/100”Christian Eedes Wine Mag
“The 2019 Wanderlust comes from a field blend of varieties in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde valley. It is quite closed on the nose, coming across tight and laconic at the moment, and offering light blackberry and briary aromas and a touch of boysenberry. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly granular texture and a fine bead of acidity, but quite strict and almost Médoc-like toward the finish”Neal Martin SA Report 2021