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{wine} Another feather in Rhino Run Wine’s green cap as they go organic

February 4, 2021

It’s no secret that I always try and have a few bottles of Rhino Run Wine in my racks. Not only are they gorgeous food-loving wines, but they’re also deeply involved in conservation. And it just got better, with Rhino Run Wine now also becoming organic.


Van Loveren is probably one of my most favourite wineries. I enjoy their different ranges, each to it’s delicious fullest. Having said that, I’m particularly fond of the Rhino Run range, which not only bottles Van Loveren‘s love for quality wine, but also highlights their pledge to rhino conservation and protection.

If that is not enough, Rhino Run Wine recently changed over to organic farming, but a bit more on what that means later.


The Van Loveren vineyards are situated in the Robertson Wine Valley and have been in the Retief family since 1937. The winery produces well-known and award-winning wine ranges that also include Christina, Four Cousins, Van Loveren, and Zandvliet.

The Rhino Run range

The range was established in 2013 and is inspired by Dr Ian Player, founder of the Player Ntombela Foundation and the conservationist who dedicated his life and career since the 1960’s to lead the efforts to save the rhinoceros. Successful conservation efforts brought both Black and White Rhino species back from the brink of extinction, but a dramatic upswing in poaching since 2008 re-ignited their fight for survival.

Rhino Run was conceived to create awareness of this crisis. A portion of every purchase of Rhino Run Wine is donated to conservation and anti-poaching initiatives.

To read my review on Rhino Run Wine’ s conservation efforts, please click here!

So what’s the buzz about organic wines?

Good news for environmentally conscious wine-lovers is that South Africa’s Rhino Run Wines are now 100% organic. The change applies across the full, nature-friendly range produced by Van Loveren Vineyards and comes into effect from this year’s vintage.

Organic farming principles demand the reduced chemical usage on grapes and in the vineyards and lead to amongst others lower sulphur in wine. The result is generally healthier soils and a return of natural biodiversity.

“Making the change to organic brings Rhino Run in line with its environmental goals,” – Van Loveren Family Vineyards MD, Phillip Retief.

Now, Rhino Run expands its view to restoring environmental health while continuing to produce exceptional and elegant wines.

Organic wine is wine made from grapes grown in accordance with principles of organic farming, which typically excludes the use of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides (press release).

Rhino Run Chenin Blanc 2020

This medium bodied Chenin Blanc was created to honour the White Rhino.

Tasting notes:  aromas of ripe peaches with fragrant floral notes that linger gently on the palate.
Cellar door price:  The wines are being made available through a variety of small and large retailers, as well as restaurants, and are priced from around R80.

Rhino Run Ian Player 2020

Good oaking ensures a soft toasty finish.

Tasting notes:  rich almond, plum and mint on the nose, followed by ripe berry, cassis and redcurrant on the palate.
In the vineyard:  Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
In the cellar:    minimal intervention in the natural process following each cultivar to express its unique characteristics.
Cellar door price: The wines are being made available through a variety of small and large retailers, as well as restaurants, and are priced from around R80.

Lazy leftovers

With the laden tables of the festive season still short on our heels, I had a cut of beautifully roasted organic lamb shank left over from one of those lost days between Christmas and New years. With a bit more time on my hands as we navigated the timeless nature of the remainder of 2020, I felt inspired to try a take on Hungarian flatbreads to pair with my Rhino Run wines.

I’ve only ever had these Hungarian flatbreads at the V&A Waterfront Food Market. Returning to that same stall every time I’m that side of town, I thought that lamb leftovers would look pretty spectacular wrapped in a toasty bread.

Suitable for red or white wines, these flatbreads are homemade with only two ingredients, and will accept whatever leftovers you have in the fridge. I flaked the roast lamb into morsels and fried them in a pan until they got all gnarly and crispy. I dry-fried a batch of flatbreads, and topped them with chopped salad and a creamy salsa verde, with herbs from the garden. I tied them in a bit of newspaper for the ultimate fast-food appearance. 

And believe me, they did a fast-food DIS-appearance! Creamy, steamy and incredibly quick to make, this is a great way to use up whatever you have in the fridge. The herby green notes from the salsa verde lifted the floral notes of the Chenin, whilst the red blend delighted in the slight fattiness of the lamb. 

In conclusion

The Rhino Run range of wines have become a dependable staple in The Little House. Always perfectly suited to any occasion, they don’t only deliver on quality, but also on social responsiveness and conservation. Now, by introducing their new organic approach to winemaking, they’re amplifying their already large green footprint, giving back abundantly to the earth that sustains us.

Thank you, Van Loveren and Rhino Run Wine, for always taking the lead when it comes to the important stuff, and for reminding us to care, in whichever way we can.

Disclaimer: I was given this product(s) as part of a press drop in exchange for my honest and truthful opinion and review thereof. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are solely those of The Little Hedonist, given in good faith and in no way influenced by the company or its affiliates. All images, unless otherwise stated / credited, are also my own.

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