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Dawn Patrol Wines

About the Winery

Dawn patrol: (n, v) The act of getting up extremely early – sometimes before sunrise – to check out the conditions in the hope of a perfect swell.

From highly esteemed winemaker Trizanne Barnard comes Dawn Patrol Wines, a sustainable lifestyle wine brand dedicated to giving back to the environment. For each bottle of wine sold, a percentage of the profit goes to an environmental NPO – Ocean pledge.

“As human beings, we have a responsibility to watch over planet Earth. Reducing our carbon footprint, living consciously and sustainably, and educating others are all ways in which we can do our part to protect the planet. ‘Cause we only have one.”

“Each of us can make some changes to protect the planet and to support others to do the same. It’s all about being conscious of the impact your actions have on the environment, and doing small things that will eventually add up to huge results.”

“I am passionate about the environment, surfing and wine and I’m trying to find a way to incorporate all three to support each other even if it’s in a small way.” – Trizanne Barnard

Dawn Patrol Wines follow sustainable practices during the actual winemaking process that have as little an impact on the environment as possible.​

All Dawn Patrol’s wines are IPW certified. This means that they comply with the international wine industry environmental sustainability criteria, including the ‘Global Wine Sector Environmental Sustainability Principles’ and the ‘Guidelines for Sustainable Viti-Viniculture: Production, processing and packaging of products’.

Share the stoke of wine, surfing and giving back.

New lifestyle wine brands

Lifestyle Wine Brands

About these Wine Brands

New lifestyle wine brandsUnder the Good Wine Shop’s Lifestyle Brands we include wine labels by some of our top winemakers, made under separate brands from their own estate or winery brand.

These we call lifestyle brands as they are intended to be easy-going, easy-drinking wines that are also easy on the wallet! They are all great value for money and still bring quality to your table as they come from our highly respected, curated selection of winemakers.

All of these wines are delivered to you directly from the Cellar Door and are not readily available at your local liquor stores or supermarkets.

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    The Hughes Family Wines

    About the Estate

    The Hughes Family Wines logoAfter settling in South Africa in 1990, Argentinian-born Billy Hughes was inspired to start his own wine venture in the Cape. His farming interest grew from visiting wine farms in Mendoza as a boy with his father who was an agricultural engineer.

    To begin his adventure, Billy planted vineyards on an old wheat farm in Malmesbury, in the Swartland, which shortly afterwards became one of the top wine-producing regions in the Cape. With the support of his late wife Penny and daughter Kiki, Nativo wines were created with the intention of producing wines that reflected the natural flavors of their place of origin. The name Nativo, meaning “native” in Spanish, was coined to symbolize Billy’s native origins and the wines that are reflective of the land they come from. The embossed, semi-elliptical circle of the minimalist label also reflects the simplistic and natural approaches to winemaking, as well as the natural cycle of life. At the Hughes Family Wines, it is very important that the ecosystem of the vineyard is respected, as it is it just as important for creating a good wine as the winemaking techniques.

    A minimally invasive approach to winemaking is taken when producing Nativo, so as not to disturb the natural processes of the wines. This, when combined with a balanced soil environment and organic and biodynamic approaches to viticulture, allows the development of unique and diverse flavours, which give Nativo wines their signature. This also makes the wines excellent food wines, as their subtle diversity complements food rather than undermines it.

    “While each blend is an individual, they are each a distinct combination of different ‘shades of flavour’ sourced from the same ‘palette’ that the vineyard supplies. Our only job is to listen to the wines and give them what they need to reach their full potential.” – Kiki Hughes

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    Radford Dale

    About the Winery

    Good Wine Shop Radford Dale logo newAcross everything we do at Radford Dale, we aim to create wines of complete individuality, always. Combining a keen pursuit for innovation and a healthy respect for tradition, we aim to make refined wine with a conscience. Founded in 1998 by Ben Radford and Alex Dale, we make our wines using sustainable agricultural methods and non-interventionist, minimal additive winemaking at our cellar on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch. We are fully accredited for environmental, ethical and social-upliftment practices too.

    We do plenty of experimentation, guided by our amazing geology and by our love for wines of finesse, grown in their individual terroirs. We have a particularly rich diversity of soils in the Cape, derived from our magnificent granitic mountains and influenced by the cooling winds of our two oceans, Atlantic and Indian. Our wines are strongly site-driven, natural and balanced – because we believe South African wines should reflect the individuality of their distinct terroirs. Our wines are made using natural yeasts, low levels of Sulphur, little or no other adjustments, and see the minimal usage of new oak. We are inspired by nature and do our best to work with it.

    We make wines from three separate and very different geographical regions and carefully selected specific vineyard sites and growers in: the Helderberg (Stellenbosch), the Swartland and Elgin, to reflect the styles that each region and terroir has the potential to produce.

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    Carinus

    About the Estate

    Carinus logoThe Carinus family have been involved in the South African wine industry for five generations, growing fruit in Stellenbosch and the Swartland, which they supply to some of the country’s foremost award-winning winemakers.

    Over the years the family have adapted their approach to focus more on quality rather than quantity as a manifestation of their belief that that wine is made in the vineyard.

    In 2011 cousins Danie and Hugo Carinus decided it was time to use the grapes they grow to make their own wine too, which was the start of Carinus Family Wines. The result is two Chenin Blancs from their Swartland grapes; the Rooidraai Chenin Blanc and the Carinus Chenin Blanc. A Syrah was later added to their collection, made from the grapes grown on their Polkadraai property in Stellenbosch.

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    Raised by Wolves

    About the Winery

    Raised by Wolves logoWinemaker Adam Mason’s experience of spending time in places like Zimbabwe, Australia and France instilled him with a sense of curiosity and an appreciation for exploration that is manifested in the Raised by Wolves wines.

    The wines are made in limited quantities from fruit from a selection of vineyards around the Cape, making them indeed rare examples of some of the Cape’s most interesting sites.

    With this desire to pay homage to the soils and sites on which these vineyards grow, and the people that farm them, Mason tells of having to discard many years of winemaking habits and learn to trust his instinct instead. He believes that the Law of the Wild, as described by Rudyard Kipling in The Jungle Book, advocates certain immutable laws that, when obeyed, provide an arena in which to play and experiment with abandon, which is exactly what he does with winemaking.

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    Snow Mountain

    About the Estate

    Snow Mountain logo Good Wine ShopIn 2004 a group of likeminded winemakers and fruit growers set out to make a wine from fruit grown in an extreme climate. This ideal saw the first vineyards planted on the steep slopes of the Winterhoek Mountains in Wellington, where they knew they would find the right soil and climate for what they had in mind.

    Like the great vineyards of Burgundy, where the conditions are characterised by frost and very low ground temperatures in winter and sunshines and fresh breezes in summer, so the Snow Mountain vineyards among the stone fruit orchards and Cape Fynbos flourish in similar conditions. Therefore it was almost natural to start with a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A Malbec and Syrah were later added to the collection, as well as the MCC Beulah in 2012.

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      Van Loggerenberg Wines

      About the Winery

      Van Loggerenberg Wines logoLukas van Loggerenberg has always been a big fan of wine from the Loire Valley in France. The freshness and vibrancy of the whites, together with their ageing ability, really appeal to him, while the focus and precision of the reds is what he respects most.

      Even though Lukas grew up around wine – in the Breedekloof Valley– and studied viticulture and oenology at Elsenburg, the defining moment in his wine journey happened on a trip to France, where at Domaine de La Chevalerie the winemaker Stephanie opened a 1989 Cab Franc that took his breath away. Right there Lukas decided to start his own wine label.

      Van Loggerenberg wines are produced using fruits from some of the best vineyards in the Cape, farmed by talented and passionate farmers. Great wine, for this label, is about knowing when to pick the grapes. And because they don’t add any enzymes or fining agents the margin for error is very small. The result? Great wines, made with passion.

      Lukas van Loggerenberg was named as winemaker in Wine Cellar’s 2017 Young Guns and his wines described by Wine Mag editor Christian Eedes as “pretty damn hot”.

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      Nabygelegen

      About the Estate

      NabygelgenTo create wines of character and concentration that reflect and embody the terroir is the passion that power the process of winemaking at Nabygelegen.

      Situated in the heart of the Bovlei “upper valley” just outside Wellington, Nabygelegen is able to take advantage of the unique interaction that happens between diverse soils, slopes and climates in this area. This makes the production of super-premium wines, in a typically South African style, possible.

      Everything at Nabygelegen is designed to keep the handling of the fruit to an absolute minimum, which includes using state-of-the-art machinery and a combination of traditional and modern processes and techniques.

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        Myburgh Bros.

        About the Estate

        Myburgh BrothersMyburgh Brothers, Philip and Tyrrel, seek to honour the simple, pure and honest wines and winemaking techniques of yesteryear with their wines. More specifically, their approach looks to the ways their great-grandfather and his brother utilised their resources in various farming endeavours, including winemaking, in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

        Today the Myburgh Bros. wine (ad)venture imitates the innovations of their forefathers by experimenting with the likes of Cinsault, Hanepoot (traditionally a table grape) and Viognier with grapes that are sourced from two organically farmed vineyards in Paarl.

        Times may be very different now, but the duo believe that there is still room for things like bush vines, dry farming, and old oak and wild yeast ferments in their winemaking.

        If you love these, try Joostenberg from the same winemaker, Tyrrel Myburgh.

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        The Foundry

        About the Estate

        The Foundry logo - good wine shopBlood, sweat, tears and a shoestring budget defined the beginning of The Foundry, a site-specific, terroir-defined wine brand created by Chris Williams and James Reid in 2001.

        The Foundry work closely with grape growers across the Cape to source fruit optimum ripeness from sites that are best suited to every wine variety. This approach allows for the intrinsic character of each wine to come to the fore in every bottle. Using a combination of traditional and modern winemaking techniques – but never following a recipe – The Foundry’s aim is always just to produce wine that’s good to drink.

        “During the course of the year (2019), it was announced that Chris Williams is leaving Meerlust to focus on his own label and why not if it’s as good as this?” (WineMag Top 25 wines of 2019)

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        Cape Rock

        About the Estate

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        Simplicity is key for Cape Rock Wines, which is situated 30 km inland from Doringbaai on the West Coast. Here they grow a variety of read and white grapes, including Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Colombard and more.

        As far as possible, Cape Rock opt for simpler, less mechanised, winemaking techniques, so as to not disguise the origin of the grapes with chemical additions. The addition of sulphur during the winemaking process is kept to as absolute minimum.

        The philosophy of simplicity – but superior taste – is further evidenced in the fact that grapes are handpicked and press with a small-batch pneumatic or old champagne press. Expect a wide spectrum of dynamic, natural flavours from Cape Rock Wines.

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        Joostenberg

        About the Estate

        Joostenberg Wines logo - Good Wine ShopThe Myburgh family at Joostenberg believe that they’re just temporary custodians of the earth and that it is their privilege to call it home. As such, they strive to honour the land in the way they produce wine.

        This Paarl-based wine estate producers superior quality wines, distinct in character, while treading as lightly on the environment as possible. Joostenberg Wine Estate converted their entire farm to organic production in 2012 and are certified with Control Union Certificates.

        Winemaker Tyrrel Myburgh makes a collection of both classic and elegant wines under the Joostenberg Estate range as well as some more experimental, small-batch wines (usually different every vintage) released under different labels.

        If you love their wines also be sure to check out the Myburgh Bros. range, by brothers Tyrrel and Philip.

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        Trizanne Signature Wines

        About the Winery

        The adventurous spirit of winemaker Trizanne Barnard reflects strongly in the brand’s small range of high quality boutique wines.

        Diversity and attention to detail are two important pillars on which Trizanne’s winemaking philosophy rests. As such, she favours grapes that offer the best in freshness, uniqueness and contrasts, which she has found in the cooler temperature vineyards of Elim for Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon contrasted with the concentrated reds of the drier Swartland region.

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