Ross Sleet launched Rascallion in 2018 with the aim of creating a collection of brands that were daring, unconventional, and centered on blends inspired by his travels in Southern France and the Iberian peninsula. Rascallion is wholly (and unashamedly) a négociant business, which leaves Ross and his consultant winemaker Rianie Strydom able to freely source wine to incredibly exacting standards and specifications, from Stellenbosch, the Swartland, Darling, Robertson and Piekenierskloof.
Ross neatly characterises the approach, “We want to change the conversation, not bombard consumers with history, terroir and jargon. Our role is to make wines for pure, unequivocal enjoyment.”
A beautiful bouquet of sweet ripe blackberries, infused with a hint of rich plums, combined with delicate oak notes with subtle lavender spicy aromas, creates a wine with a complex, intriguing nose. Shiraz (88%), Grenache Noir (12%). 91 Points: Tim Atkin MW
Aromatic layers of apricot, tangy nectarines, and fresh straw on the nose. Prominent melon and lightly toasted almonds on the palate, with well-balanced acidity and a full, round mouth feel. Chenin Blanc (80%), Grenache Blanc (10%), Sauvignon Blanc (10%). 91 points: Tim Atkin MW
Blackberry, sweet dark fruit on the palate with hints of cloves and aniseed. Well balanced with elegantly integrated tannins. A smooth, long finish with lingering olive and black fruit flavours. Grenache Noir 36%, Cinsaut 32%, Mourvedre 26%, Tannat 6%. 89 Points: Tim Atkin MW
33 1/3 RPM
Layered hints of freshness and floral aromas extend into well-rounded malva savoury peach and fresh pear and pineapple flavours, and a soft, white tannin finish. Cultivars Chenin 40%, Roussanne 40%, Grenache Blanc 10%, Viognier 8%, Verdelho 2%. 92 Points Decanter World Wine Awards
With Love From Sauvignon Blanc
Vibrant green grass and gooseberry aromas, broad palate with a lively mineral finish. Sauvignon Blanc 100%.
With Love From Chenin Blanc
Bright fruit flavours of pear, white peaches are the primary flavors on the palate, with hints of oatmeal and brioche on the finish which add intensity and mouthfeel. Chenin Blanc 100%
With Love From Rosé
Elegant floral notes on the nose with a soft entry to the mid-palate. The palate broadens out to the end and shows a novel savouriness. Pinotage 100%.
With Love From Pinotage
Bright red berry, plum and mulberry notes with savoury undertones and a sweet finish. Pinotage 100%.
With Love From Cabernet Sauvignon
Juicy dark plum fruit flaovurs on the entry, a rich velvet mid palate and soft round tannins on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon 100%..