New Wave Arrivals - Yo El Rey
Posted on September 15 2021
I know the term ‘New Wave South Africa’ has been bandied around for a few years now but this South African wine movement continues to sustain a fast pace. I encourage you to catch up with two exciting new additions to our range.
Angelo, who was born and raised in South Africa but is now based in London, makes small batch wines every year in Stellenbosch. He says “What was meant to be a year's hiatus snowballed into seven. I've met some incredible people and seen some amazing places, and without all of this, Yo El Rey would not exist.”
Yo El Rey means "I, the King", and was inspired by a young Pablo Picasso who signed an early self-portrait with this tagline. It's become a mantra that has propelled Angelo’s dream to make wine. He adds, “It's a reminder to always believe in both myself and my dreams, and to never, ever give up on the journey.”
Angelo wines approachable and delicious, first and foremost, and leave the drinker with a sense of freedom. They are for people who dare to dream and adventure, and who live lives that are truly free. They are made to celebrate your journey, and the road you are travelling.
His Grenache Gris 2020 spends five days on the pink pigmented skins giving it an appealing rosé colour, aromas of rosehip and a strawberry leaf savouriness. At its core is the biggest, perfectly ripe juicy strawberry with a savoury thread. Give it a thirty-minute chill and try it with a balsamic glazed salmon with a strawberry salsa.
The Syrah Grenache 2019 has a thrilling mix of red and some black fruits, some sweet spice and a juicy generosity. A cheerful, agile disposition lend it fluidity and a lightly framed acid structure delivers a sense of weightlessness. It is easy-going enough to drink it around a garden fire pit. Serve it with a slight chill and revel in the regal (geddit?) red fruit pomp!