Intellego is Latin for 'I understand', and is the brainchild of laid back surfer/winemaker Jurgen Gouws. Founded in 2009, Intellego has been a leader in the South African wine scene for stripped back wines that express fruit and soil in a vibrant and slightly wild way. Jurgen worked with famed winemaker Craig Hawkins (of Testalonga fame) prior to launching his own label, and took much inspiration from him. The philosophy at Intellego is of minimal intervention during the winemaking process, intuitive winegrowing and an evolution through experimentation on small pockets of land selected in the Swartland Appellation.
"A big aim is to create optimum soil conditions through organic practises where the vines will be nurtured for an indefinite period of time, creating conditions for each block to have their own individual character. We grow grapes in an environment that is beneficial to the plant and its roots in this Mediterranean like climate. Mother nature has given us the opportunity to discover its true potential and by establishing vineyards on favourable sites we can express ourselves and at the same time contribute to a healthier environment."
Mostly Chenin Blanc, with a little splash of Chardonnay, this is made in a very lovely style. Fruity (from citrus to stone and beyond!) yet a little creamy from the malolactic fermentation allowed, it's juicy and elegant and very easy to drink. Delicious.