Radford Dale was founded in 1998 by winemakers Ben Radford and Alex Dale. They aim to produce wines that are both innovative but also sustainable and with a healthy respect for tradition. They buy grapes from across the mountainous viticultural sub-regions of the Helderberg area in Stellenbosch, Elgin, and the Perderberg area in the Swartland. Despite being a modern winery, they seek to preserve the sense of terroir by working with as little intervention as possible. Disease-fighting chemicals, pesticides and additives are now outlawed in the production because of the care taken to promote the vine's health and own immune system; a living ecosystem is also encouraged, promoting beneficial microorganisms and decreasing the effect of nasty ones. They have also replaced fertiliser with a composting system and bottle with as little sulphur as possible with certain wines even bottled with zero sulphur. As well as the Radford Dale range, which uses some of the best sites in the area, they also produce the Winery of Good Hope range, which adhere to many of the same principals of the premium wines, but at a price point which offers exceptional value for money.
Radford Dale, like most other SA wine makers do not own vines, Alex has worked very hard to cultivate very close relationships with the growers he buys from and in doing so has steered them towards natural sustainable farming and a quality focus. This is no easy task when a ton of grapes is typically worth about half of a ton of apples in South Africa. He has achieved this by promoting quality and talking about sustainability and the future of Cape wine when many growers are still spraying their vines liberally. He also puts his money where his mouth is and pays 2 or 3 times more for his fruit than the going rate.
Minimal intervention farming on decomposed granite and clay soils in Swartland.
Natural production, no enzymes, acid addition or manipulation in any way, wild ferments, low sulphur levels, unfiltered and fined, very light extraction.
Radford Dale Thirst Cinsault, natural production, early picked fruit Swartland, mainly organic vineyards, bright, light and crunchy, low abv, delicious light red to serve chilled. The Thirst range from Radford dale are for exactly that, when you have a thirst! Light crunchy, bright red fruits, pale colour and very soft tannins make for such easy drinking red, blink and it is gone, lovely for BBQ seafood, salads and light Pasta.