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Tanja Booysen and Ben Snyman of Survivor Wines recently joined the Wine Village Wine Club for an evening of wine tasting.  What a surprise when they arrived with a fully stocked wine truck that served glasses of chilled Méthode Cap Classique.

Winemaker Ben Snyman introduced the wines and shared his extensive wine knowledge with the audience.  He grew up in Durbanville close to a wine farm, studied at Stellenbosch University and joined Overhex in 2010 where he now spends most of his time in the vineyards and cellar outside Worcester, almost on the Robertson border.  Overhex is the proud owner of a number of wine labels including two core brands – Balance and Survivor. Both depicting animals on their labels.  Balance an elephant and Survivor a Nguni cow. Survivor is Ben’s Grand Crux brand that was conceptualised only two years ago.  Age is relative as this young brand is already raking in the awards and distributed to 32 countries worldwide.

The wine has a lot of story to it and goes like this.  Once upon a time 20 cows were transported from a farm in the Swartland to a cattle auction.  On the way to the auction one cow jumped over the vehicle’s rail, survived and now has a successful wine named in his honour.  Survivor was born and the Swartland link strengthened in that the grapes used in the production of Survivor come from the red Hutton soils of DB Rust’s farm Constantia which is situated outside Malmesbury.  Right in the heart of the Swartland.


Overhex wines tasted include the following:

Survivor Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2011 – 30% Pinot Noir, rest Chardonnay. 5 years on lees.
Survivor Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Survivor Offspring White Blend 2016 – Chenin Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc/Viognier 2016
Balance Chenin Blanc 2016 – unoaked
Survivor Chenin Blanc 2016 – oaked
Survivor Offspring Cape Red Blend 2015 – Syrah, Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon – 1/3 of each
Survivor Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Those interested in joining these educational wine evenings should email Ulla at