OUR MOTTO IN LIFE IS SIMPLE
Dream big, work hard and persevere with the tenacious spirit of a warrior to make those dreams a reality.
We have always dreamed of having our destiny in our own hands, and to raise our two children in an environment filled with the love for what we do – to produce outstanding wines from unique terroirs. We believe that we are firmly in charge of that destiny, and that the Atlas Swift range of wines is a culmination of hard work, perseverance and the multiplicity of distinctive origins, cultures, memories and energy.” – Martin and Welma Smith – Proprietors
INTRODUCING OUR WINES
Provenance is the key to the multisensory experience of wine, and at Atlas Swift we aim to make this palpable with a horizontal tasting of four Chardonnays from different regions. Each wine is a spiritual ode to Martin and Welma Smith’s connection to the land and the fruit it produces, individual expressions of a particular place that celebrates the diversity of the South African wine realm.
The fruit hails from two cooler and two warmer wine regions and embodies the character of the land in the warrior woman depicted on the label. Each Warrior stands guard to protect this place and let it prosper. While you drink the wine, allow yourself to revel in the beauty of synaesthesia, connecting to each wine through personal reference captured in your sense of taste, colour, smell, texture, shape, and sound. Each wine is made the same way, yet a moment of awe comes to pass when one can see the distinct land it comes from and how it becomes tangible in the glass of wine.
gift of wine
Wine is a gift from mother earth, and as the warrior women who reign over their territories, guarding its sanctity and truth, they invite every person to immerse in their own experience thereof.
wine of origin
Located 250km north of Franschhoek in the Cederberg mountains, an area renowned for being South Africa’s highest vineyard location, with plantings ranging between 950m – 1100m above sea level.
The soils are made up of a mixture of sandstone and Ferricrete. The high altitude and constant aeration create a cool Mediterranean climate with zero influence from the ocean and result in wines with a high level of natural acidity, poise, and incredible length.
cape south coast
Originating from the Onder-Duiwenhoksriver region situated about 50 minutes drive east of Witsand – only 8km from the ocean and 100m above sea level. The persistent coastal breezes help to temper the climate, while the common occurrence of fog during the growing season acts as a welcome natural air-conditioner. The chalk and limestone-rich soil is high in sodium and potassium, lending an element of minerality to the wine, which ends with a saline, oyster-shell finish.