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Carignan has a long history in the Cape but has been replaced by more ‘fashionable’ varieties in recent years. With potential for wines this juicy and delicious though, that trend must surely be reversed. Better known in southern France, Carignan slipped out of favour even there until winemakers realised that by limiting yields from old vines “you can suddenly revel in a red wine that combines density and succulence with an austere yet compelling beauty” (Andrew Jefford). Charles Back came across a small patch of old vines along a back road in Swartland and got to work. His full-bodied Carignan sure has that density and succulence and is packed with cherry and plum flavours. Perfect for barbecues or a lamb chop or sausage and mash supper.


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