After travelling extensively in Portugal and Austria learning his craft, Craig Hawkins returned to South Africa and became the winemaker at top Swartland estate Lammershoek. Craig now makes his own wines from various small, organic vineyard sites in Swartland and makes his wine naturally, with as little intervention as possible.
Chin Up could possibly be the lightest, airiest Cinsault we have tasted. It really does justify the descriptive tag of 'juice' as it comes in at a happily gluggable 11.5% alcohol - cue the Ribena comparisons. The fruit comes from old bush vines that yield whopping grapes with ripe juice heaving beneath their thin skins, this translates into the wine too as it is a pale ruby colour with barely any tannins. Fruit is juicy red apple with mouthwatering tart cherry. Throw this one on ice and try to make it last more than 15 minutes. Craig's wines have a keen following, and with good reason. They don't tend to hang around for long either.