Wine Club

February 19, 2019

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Club Wines - March 2019

DELUXE CASE

Pairs With

Garlic prawns & grilled fish

Black Elephant Vintners Two Dogs, A Peacock & A Horse

The wine is translucent with a bright green hue. The nose is opulent with aromas of passionfruit, pear, lemongrass, litchi and grapefruit The palate is lively and concentrated with flavours of tropical fruits, gooseberry , creamy richness from the extended lees contact and lingering with fresh acidity and minerality.

Pairs with

Salads & fish dishes

Tiki Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Made from a single parcel of fruit that represents both the vineyard and the unique location. Powerful and instantly appealing, the fabulously lifted bouquet shows passionfruit, white stone fruit, mango and lime zest characters. Classic tropical fruit and herbal notes have been derived from the careful selection of various areas of our best River Terrace vineyard blocks in the Upper Wairau Valley The palate is concentrated and delightfully lively and displays excellent depth as well as an abundance of tasty flavours. A classic rendition offering great drinking.

Pairs With

Vegetable dishes, rich fish or cream-based chicken entrées.

KWV The Mentors Chenin Blanc

Intense flavours of honeysuckle, apricot and nougat supported by notes of green figs, limes and macadamias. It is truly a polished creation. The creamy and textured palate is complemented by pure fruit, with a clean and vibrant finish.

Pairs with

Lamb or pork roast

David & Nadia Grenache

David & Nadia is a family owned farm in the Swartland. They aim for biological farming and in the cellar they work as natural as possible. It is all about the soil and vineyards after all. They believe in a pure, fresh and natural style where site and soil are at work with minimal influence from a winemaking point of view.

Dry-land farmed vines from two Swartland vineyards, one organically certified and planted in deep clay soils, the other sustainably farmed in the granitic slopes of the Paardeberg. The wine shows how the vintage’s power can result in a feminine, delicate, fine and elegant wine. Long maturation on the skins, up to 50% whole bunch fermented, minimum 30 – 50% whole bunches are sorted and then used in the bottom of an open tank. The rest of the grapes are all sorted, destemmed but not crushed and added to the tank on top of the whole bunches. Spontaneous fermentation occurs in the tank and we allow maximum extended skin contact (approximately 4 weeks in total). Grapes are gently pressed and drained to old French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and the wine ages from vintage to vintage.

Pairs With

Serve with chocolate confectioneries, Duck a l'orange, Ostrich and most rich meat dishes.

Doolhof Dark Lady Pinotage

Youthful purple, fresh in colour. A mocha explosion with dark chocolate, rich black fruit, almonds and black cherries on the nose. All these elements follow through adding complexity and depth on the palate. Light to medium body with firm, well integrated tannins. Lovely fruit and wood balance, this wine is made to enjoy young.

Pairs With

Lamb, duck & slightly spicy food

KWV The Mentors Canvas

Shiraz, Mourvedre, Petit Sirah, Tempranillo, Viognier

This multi-dimensional wine shows layered aromas of plums, mulberries and black pepper. On the palate, its concentrated and full-bodied character is rounded off by flavours of cassis and pencil shavings, with sweet powdery tannins.

CLASSIC CASE

Pairs With

Excellent with peri- peri chicken or prawns.

Painted Wolf-The Den Sauvignon Blanc

A soft and full flavoured wine which balances cooler aromas of fynbos, green figs and minerality with warmer region tropical fruit aromas. This Sauvignon has a round textured mouth feel, great balance and fresh supple acidity. The den wines are comfort wines, and this wine delivers just that.

Pairs with

chicken goujons and grilled goats cheese crottin on crisp bruschetta.

Spier Signature Chenin Blanc

Grapes were hand-harvested, de-stemmed and slightly crushed before pressing and brief contact on the skins. Free run juice settled in the tanks overnight. The following morning the clear settled juice of the individual block selections (some kept separate and some blended) were racked from their lees and inoculated with selected yeast strains. Fermentation was temperature controlled. Maturation occurred on the fine lees for another three months to give extra body and elegance. The wine is not oaked. Pale straw in colour with a greenish hue. This Chenin Blanc is both crisp and fruity with green guava, pear, apple and hints of litchi on the nose. A well-balanced palate and a strong finish.

Pairs With

Roast Chicken & Spicy dishes

 

Doran Ayra

Chenin Blanc/Grenache/Rousanne

 

The wine is a symphony of white pear, bright green apple and orange aromas. A creamy texture follows on the palate with a long lingering finish of peach and honey.

Pairs With

Juicy rump or sirloin steak/p>

Spier Signature Shiraz

Grapes were harvested at 24° balling, gently crushed, de-stemmed and cooled. After two days of cold soaking the juice was fermented until dry in stainless steel tanks at 24°C. Three pump-overs were conducted daily. After fermentation 20% of the wine was matured in French oak barrels for 8-10 months and the remainder matured in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves.Rich ruby red in colour.Flavours of spice and ripe plums on the nose and palate with an undertow of bruléed sugar. Gentle soft tannins and a creamy aftertaste.

Pairs With

Beef or lamb.

Lionhound Cabernet Sauvignon

Classic upfront cassis, dark plum and a hint of mint evolves to notes of cigar box and dried herbs. Firm, ripe tannin, wood spice and minerality lingers on the finish.

Pairs With

Braai meat

Horse Mountain Michele

The softness of the Merlot combined with the structure that the Cabernet Sauvignon adds to the wine, results in an elegant wine with lots of berry and dark mint chocolate flavours.

February 01, 2019

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Club Wines - February 2019

DELUXE CASE

Pairs With

Artichokes and Asparagus.

Seven Springs Sauvignon Blanc

More of a tropical fruit styled wine. On the nose you’ll get aromas of apple, pineapple and peardrops mixed in a wonderful balanced way. The palate has a soft acidity, so little more relaxed than younger Sauvignon blancs, because it tank and bottle aged. The wine is relaxed and approachable, but with a lingering freshness and minerality. Quantity:

Pairs with

Bobotie and Chicken Korma.

Mellasat White Pinotage

The world’s first White Pinotage! Our first vintage of this wine was in 2007.

“The paradox of this wine is that the eye belies the other senses! Making white wine from red grapes using South Africa’s unique Pinotage grape. Whole bunch pressing prevented the juice from obtaining colour from the skins. Barrel fermented and matured for eleven months with lees stirring gives this wine a slightly creamy, nutty character to balance the tropical pineapple fruit and banana flavours.”

Pairs With

Poultry and pork dishes.

Klein Constantia Chardonnay

Bright in colour with flavours of limes and apples on the nose. The palate is medium bodied, well balanced and is lifted by a mineral freshness. Textured in its structure, thewine is rounded off by a long rich finish.

 

Pairs with

Lamb chops or Fillet Steak with pepper sauce

Holden Manz Visonaire

Visionaire is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Malbec plus a dash of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc which makes it the perfect match to grilled red meat, roast lamb and game.

The image on the bottle is on a Roman tile showing Bacchus, the Roman God of Wine. Suitable for vegans & vegetarians

Pairs With

Beef carpaccio or cold meats.

Hathersage Merlot

This wine has a rich deep ruby colour. Velvety tannins support a luscious fruitcake bouquet underlined by spice and sour cherries. On the palate, the wine is full bodied with a lingering nutty finish.

Pairs With

Meat, grilled, roasted, braised or stewed. They are also perfect paired with a wide variety of soft and hard cheese.

Eekhoring Red

Cinsault, Syrah, Pinotage.

Eekhoring is Afrikaans for "squirrel", and an exciting new collaboration between us and the talented guys behind De Kleine Wijn Koöp in Stellenbosch, South Africa. It's a Cape blend made in a relatively light-to-medium bodied sort of style. It had a very light press, giving it just enough 'grip', not too much. Think of it like a soft, flavourful minute steak just lightly seared, with a few good cracks of black pepper. Not a shy retiring type but most certainly a red of the 'session' sort. The ultimate braai red, if you will. Only a few thousand bottled produced in this debut vintage.

CLASSIC CASE

Pairs With

Salads & fish dishes

Lionhound White

Sauvignon Blanc/Viognier

An upfront, tropical array of green guava, juicy white peach, pineapple and orange blossom with a hint of citrus.

Pairs with

Ham, pork & pasta dishes

Barton Pinot Noir Rose

Onion skin in colour with a fruity nose. Soft and elegant with cherries and raspberries on the palate with a prolonged aftertaste.

Pairs With

Roast Chicken & Spicy dishes

 

Eekhoring White

The grapes were fermented in a mixture of stainless steel and old oak barrels. It has the hallmarks of the great Chenin-based Cape white blends: a textural, multi-layered, crisp, with floral aromas, some beeswax, then plush stone fruit on the palate, finishing dry and long.

Pairs With

Beef Stew

Painted Wolf The Den Shiraz

Medium to full bodied with spicy black cherry and black berry fruit, chewy savoury mid palate and evident wood flavors. The wine has a well- rounded mid palate with creamy berry flavours which carry through to the finish of the wine where they are supported by soft tannins.

Pairs With

Beef or lamb.

Barton Merlot

Subtle taste of black berries, plums and a deep earthy taste.

Plums and raspberry with hints of dark/mint chocolate. This wine has an elegant structure making it approachable and ready to drink. A wine for all occasions.

Pairs With

Almost all red meats

Eekhoring Red

Cinsault, Syrah, Pinotage.

Eekhoring is Afrikaans for "squirrel", and an exciting new collaboration between us and the talented guys behind De Kleine Wijn Koöp in Stellenbosch, South Africa. It's a Cape blend made in a relatively light-to-medium bodied sort of style. It had a very light press, giving it just enough 'grip', not too much. Think of it like a soft, flavourful minute steak just lightly seared, with a few good cracks of black pepper. Not a shy retiring type but most certainly a red of the 'session' sort. The ultimate braai red, if you will. Only a few thousand bottled produced in this debut vintage.

January 02, 2019

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Club Wines - January 2019

DELUXE CASE

Pairs With

Seafood, vegetarian dishes or as an apéritif.

Springfield Life from Stone

Flinty, mineral character true to the quartz rock in which it is grown. Monumental human effort was required to plant the vines – implements destroyed, and, in the case of the older vineyards, dynamite deployed. A true expression of the site’s terroir, this wine will drink well now, or can be enjoyed in the next 2-3 years.

Pairs with

Creamy dishes, white fish and risotto. as well as light truffle and blue cheese flavours.

Babylonstoren Chardonnay

Burgundy-style Chardonnay with a fresh, fine-grained nose of quince, lime and vanilla as well as a hint of nuts.

Classy, sleek structure with subtle citrus fruit softened with textured creaminess, vanilla and nutty complexity. Tangy mineral tones with fine intensity and balance; good focus and length with a refreshing finish.

Pairs With

Enjoy with fresh seafood as well as chicken and pasta dishes, vegetables and fresh summer salads.

Nederburg The Young Airhawk

Clear, light green. Layers of gooseberry, green fig, lemon zest and minerality very well integrated with wood. Fresh, crisp and zesty with a creamy texture.

 

Pairs with

Roasts, barbecued steaks, spicy chicken and intensely flavoured pasta dishes.

Nederburg The Motorcycle Marvel

Dark, intense red. An abundance of sweet spice, berries, dates and a hint of tobacco leaf. A rich and intense, full-bodied explosion of red fruit flavours with ripe and silky tannins, and excellent integration of fruit and wood with a hint of spice

Pairs With

Excellent on its own or served with simply flavoured red meat, game and duck dishes.

Alto Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark ruby red. Lead pencil shavings, crushed red fruit and a hint of chocolate dominates the nose. Elegant red fruit flavours on the palate, backed-up by soft, elegant tannins.

Pairs With

Meat, grilled, roasted, braised or stewed. They are also perfect paired with a wide variety of soft and hard cheese.

Lourens Family Vineyards Howard John

43% Cinsault, 43% Carignan, 14% Grenache.

No yeast, acid, enzymes or fining agents added. Wine was matured for 9 months in old French barrels. 100% whole bunch fermented.

Notes of lavender, marzipan, sweet red peppercorns but also violets and dried coriander seeds. While all very floral and lifted, there are also deeper, darker savoury notes of bresaola, cured meats, and red cherry spice. The palate is beautifully balanced and fresh, but shows impressive concentration of flavour. There are layers of sweet pithy red cherries, wild strawberry, sweet peppercorns, and raspberry ripple and the finish is rather enticing with pink stick candy and strawberry bon bons.

CLASSIC CASE

Pairs With

Smoked salmon served with rösti, Spicy Calamari Salad with Chorizo and chilli dressing

Niel Joubert Sauvignon Blanc

Delicate aromas with fresh grass cuttings, hints of lime and nettle.Lively, fruit filled flavours lifted by crisp acidity. Some developing fruit with zesty attraction. Dry, crisp, finish.

Pairs with

Fish and Chips, Pork, Goats cheese

Barton Chenin Blanc

Intense wood aroma with a hint of woodspice. Crisp with moderate acidity and good balance. Honey and pineapple notes accompany light wood tannins and a long finish.

Pairs With

Roast Chicken

 

Front Row White

Chenin Blanc/Roussanne

A juicy, surprisingly complex wine with intense flavours and aromas of citrus and stone fruit.

Pairs With

Excellent on its own or served with simply- flavoured red meat, game and duck dishes.

Alto Rouge

Cabernet Franc (28%) Shiraz (23%) Merlot (22%) Cabernet Sauvignon (21%) and Petit Verdot (6%)

Dark ruby red. Lead pencil shavings, crushed red fruit and a hint of chocolate dominates the nose. Elegant red fruit flavours on the palate, backed-up by soft, elegant tannins. A stylish princely wine with lovely age.

Pairs With

Beef or lamb.

Horse Mountain Michele

A fruit driven blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc.

Plums and raspberry with hints of dark/mint chocolate. This wine has an elegant structure making it approachable and ready to drink. A wine for all occasions.

Pairs With

Almost all red meats

Painted Wolf The Den Cabernet Sauvignon

A classy medium to full-bodied wine with typical Cab flavours of black currant, brambly fruit, cigar box augmented by toasty oak. The wine has a lovely rich mid-mouth texture, a long, fruit-driven finish with fresh acid and ripe tannins.

December 03, 2018

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Club Wines - December 2018

DELUXE CASE

Pairs With

Chicken or fish dishes.

Hof's Chardonnay Reserve

This clear brilliant Chardonnay has a golden hue showing a welcoming entry of yellow peach and Golden Delicious apple flavours. With hints of caramel and cinnamon, the judicious use of selected French Oak for 10 months does not allow the oak to dominate in any way. Evolving further into papaja fruit flavours, this Chardonnay has a creamy entry on the palate together with a sensation of sweetness, whilst this wine is totally dry. A focussed lively finish extends the fresh lingering aftertaste. Perfectly balanced, finding the sweet-spot between the weight and the freshness of this delightful Chardonnay.

Pairs with

Smoked salmon or trout, avocado dishes

Diemersfontein Chenin Blanc

Rich and ripe unwooded Chenin Blanc with a pale lemon colour, a bouquet of pineapple and passion fruit with a good acidity giving the wine balance and a lingering after taste.

Pairs With

Garlic Prawns, Seafood dishes

Buitenverwachting Maximus

Limited Release

The wine has a pale lemon yellow colour and a bouquet reminiscent of ripe melons and gooseberries with hints of gooseberries. The wine is dry, full bodied and has a long lingering finish

Pairs With

Juicy & flavoursome red meat dishes.

KWV The Mentors Orchestra

Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc.

Modern spiced blend shows aromas of red cherries, black pepper and pencil shavings. Concentrated flavours of violets and cigar box on the palate are supported by a polished tannin, structure and lingering notes of fruit and spice.
Pairs With

Lamb or beef dishes.

Andreas Shiraz

Our wines spend between 12 and 18 months on toasted French and American oak, and we select from the best individual barrels to create the final blend. The result is smooth, full-bodied, top-of-the-range wines in the classic New World style, with characteristic peppery, spicy, and berry flavours.

Pairs With

Charcuterie, ham and other cold meats. Patés and terrines.

Elgin Vintners Pinot Noir

Vibrant and bright ruby red in colour with plush aromas of ripe red cherries and some fresh herbal notes. Fruit forward, generous red cherries on the palate. This wine reveals a complex and well-rounded mouthfeel with a persistent, lingering and smooth finish. The judicious use of 25% new oak respects the balance between fruit and tannin. A lively fruit profile is supported by a refreshing acidity which bodes well for further bottle maturation.

CLASSIC CASE

Pairs With

Smoked Salmon, Chicken, pasta & risotto

Painted Wolf The Den Chenin Blanc

This wine has a bright aroma and flavour of tropical fruit. Honeydew melon, guava and pineapple with an underlying savoury minerality and a lick of wood. The wine has a great texture and a long layered finish with bright acidity keeping it fresh and vibrant.

Pairs with

Roast chicken

Buitenverwachting Buiten Blanc

This full bodied Sauvignon Blanc based blend offers a variation of fruit characters including ripe gooseberry, green peppers, green melon and hints of tropical fruit.

Pairs With

Seafood salad, avocado, smoked salmon or egg canapés.

 

Spier Chardonnay/Pinot Noir Rose

Light salmon pink. Aromas of strawberries and yellow apple, with a crisp fruit finish. Enjoy well-chilled at the pool or in the garden on a warm summers day.

Pairs With

Chilli con Carne

Abraham & The Heretics

Very fragrant with a a light touch of purple and black fruits on the nose with a hint of pleasant cough syrup thrown in. With it`s spicy notes and grip.

Pairs With

Roast lamb

Doran Shiraz

Deep concentration of plums and blackberries with undertones of spice. This is followed by the fresh fragrance of blue violets. Juicy tannins leave your mouth craving for more.

Pairs With

Almost all red meats

Lionhound Cabernet Sauvignon

Classic upfront cassis, dark plum and a hint of mint evolves to notes of cigar box and dried herbs. Firm, ripe tannin, wood spice and minerality lingers on the finish.

November 02, 2018

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Club Wines - November 2018

DELUXE CASE

Pairs With

Roast chicken, pork belly for hard cheese.

Klipspringer Chenin Blanc

From Old Bush vines in the Swartland. Unfined and unfiltered.

Cling peach, apricot, bright citrus, Swartland spiciness & a beam of palate whetting acidity are hallmarks of this Steen. Serve chilled & best decanted.

Pairs with

Strong flavoured fish and seafood, mild curries such as bobotie and chicken korma, and some Asian foods.

Mellasat White Pinotage

The World's First White Pinotage.“The paradox of this wine is that the eye belies the other senses! Making white wine from red grapes using South Africa’s unique Pinotage grape. Whole bunch pressing prevented the juice from obtaining colour from the skins. Barrel fermented and matured for eleven months with lees stirring gives this wine a slightly creamy, nutty character to balance the tropical pineapple fruit and banana flavours.”

Pairs With

Seafoods, chicken and Asian cuisine.

Doran Vineyards Georgia Maeve

Made from bush vines. Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc and Rousanne. Citrusy flavours and white fruit combine well with the texture and floral characteristics of the Grenache Blanc. Together with the features of the Rousanne's spiciness, roasted nuts and silky texture, it is a rich wine with a wonderful mouthfeel.

Bright golden colour and intense aromas, reminding those who knew her of ouma Lisbeth Jonker’s sweets drawer. Fragrances of citrus blossoms and honey fill the room. It is full sweet but finishes with a beautiful elegance.

Pairs With

Rack of lamb, oxtail and succulent lamb shank.

Babylonstoren Babel

Shiraz, Cabernet sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet franc and Pinotage.

Pencil shavings and sweet tobacco with mulberry, cherries and dark chocolate on the nose. A balanced fusion of dark red berry and chocolate flavours with a soft mouth- feel and juicy, lingering finish.It will age well up to five years.

Pairs With

Steak or Lamb Chops

Boschkloof Cabernet Sauvignon

A classic Cabernet with ripe blackberry richness. Dense dark ruby red/black colour with ripe plums and integrated oak on the nose. Chocolate and black-current fruit flavours mingle with the spicy aroma. Full bodied palate and firm structure. Supple, yet complex. Great potential for ageing and further development for the next 6-8 years.

Pairs With

Rib Eye Steak or Venison

Ridgeback Wines Cabernet Franc

Upfront blackcurrant with hints of green peppercorn and black olive cradled by elegant, ripe tannin and oak spice on the long mineral finish.

CLASSIC CASE

Pairs With

Aperatif or with canapés

Ridgeback Wines Lionhound Mischief

Sauvignon Blanc/Viognier

An upfront tropical array of juicy pineapple and orange blossom with a hint of citrus. Elegant notes of fresh citrus rind and biscotti are palate and a delicately fine mousse. This Sparkling wine brings tribute to the typically mischievous nature of Ridgeback dogs as we raise a glass in recognition of a little mischief in our own lives .....

Pairs with

Scallops & mussels

Barton Sauvignon Blanc

The nose is imbued with green pepper, gooseberries and grapefruit, underlined with a crisp minerality. Full bodied for a Sauvignon Blanc with hints of citrus on the finish.

Pairs With

Risotto and seafood pasta dishes.

 

Ridgeback Wines Vansha White

Chenin Blanc/Viognier

An upfront, tropical array of pineapple, pear and lemon rind with hints of lavender spice, complimented by a creamy midpalate with notes of white peach lingering on the finish.

Pairs With

Easy to drink with almost any meal

Zandvliet My Best Friend

This wine welcomes you to an elegant nose filled with aromas of red fruit, plums and spice. The aromas follow through to an elegant palate that finishes with a smooth aftertaste. No decanting required; just unscrew and enjoy! Chill slightly in summer.

Pairs With

Oxtail, Venison or Duck

Painted Wolf The Den Shiraz

Medium to full bodied with spicy black cherry and black berry fruit, chewy savoury mid palate and evident wood flavors. The wine has a well- rounded mid palate with creamy berry flavours which carry through to the finish of the wine where they are supported by soft tannins.

Pairs With

Stews and braai meats

KWV Cabernet Sauvignon

Aromas of mulberries, almonds and plums with hints of cigar box, herbs and celery oak. Well balanced tannins and a long lingering finish

September 25, 2018

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Club Wines - October 2018

DELUXE CASE

Pairs With

Scallops or other seafood

Neil Ellis Sauvignon Blanc

Pale straw with green hues. Bright aromatics, of fresh late summer fruits, lifted florals with subtle herbaceous overtones. Delicately detailed. The palate is elegantly concentrated with sweet tropical fruits and lively balanced acidity. Mineral notes, refined, poised palate line. Fine texture and long flavoursome finish.

Pairs with

Asian food or spicy cuisine

The Garajeest - Jim

One of 2017's "Young Guns of Wine" in South Africa, Callan Williams hails from Zimbabwe but moved south when a young girl. Once on the verge of becoming a ballet dancer, she changed tack quite dramatically and went into wine. After a stint at Iona, she set up on her own in 2014, with her debut 2015 vintages released in February 2017 to much excitement and critical acclaim. Jim Semillon is from the Elgin Valley, one of the coolest wine regions in South Africa. The vineyard is 200 metres above sea level, and benefits from cooler air off the nearby Atlantic ocean. Half-and-half fermented in steel and French oak, it's a very intense, bright Semillon, really jumping out the glass at you - yet the overall impression is super fresh with seriously quenching acidity alongside a smooth, mouth-filling texture. Grassy, then tropical fruit and an umami note. Quite brilliant, and already named one of the top 20 Semillons in South Africa by commentator Higgo Jacobs. Just 3,000 bottles made.

Pairs With

Patés, orange chocolate, fruit tarts and other desserts. Try it as welcome drink in a flute glass on crushed ice, with a wedge of lemon and ginger.

Ouma se Wyn

Old Muscat de Frontignan vines are used to make this wine. Grapes are picked at full ripeness and experience handed down from generation to generation is used to craft Ouma se wyn (Grandmother’s wine). The picture on the label is that of current owner Philip Jonker’s grandmother, Lisbeth Jonker.

Bright golden colour and intense aromas, reminding those who knew her of ouma Lisbeth Jonker’s sweets drawer. Fragrances of citrus blossoms and honey fill the room. It is full sweet but finishes with a beautiful elegance.

Pairs With

Braised beef, hamburgers or barbecue meats.

Boschkloof Syrah

Complex and attractive bouquet of oriental spices with pronounced violet and white pepper flavours. It has lovely ripe fruit and a perfumed background on the nose. There are also lovely integrated tannins on the palate. Well balanced wine with spicy overtones and a lingering finish. Very classic style with unmistakable Rhone flavours. Certified and bottled on the farm. Good to drink now, but will develop and mature over the next 10 years.

Pairs With

Grilled T-bone with Herbed Butter, Osso Bucco or try with a Dark Chocolate Cake.

Doolhof Signature Merlot

This Merlot has a beautiful deep crimson hue. Unmistakable aromas of blackberries, cassis and ripe plums seduce the nose while also showing gentle whiffs of cedar. Full bodied and complex, this wine has a juicy mouth-feel. The palate is layered with plush fruit, dark chocolate and supported by firm tannins that lead to a luscious and persistent finish.

Pairs With

Steak

Barton Shiraz/Cabernet

Concentrated berries as well as white pepper spice can be found on the nose supported by savoury notes. The palate shows dark, juicy fruit. Good wood integration and tannins are evident on the finish.

CLASSIC CASE

Pairs With

salads, seafood, chicken and other light dishes.

Babylon's Peak Chenin Blanc

The grapes were harvested by hand at 22.1°B. The grapes were destalked and lightly crushed. Only the first 450 litres free-run juice per ton were fermented in stainless steel tanks at a cold temperature (10-12°C) for 21 days. The wine was left on the fermentation lees until bottling.

A crisp, fresh and fruity Chenin Blanc from low-yield dryland bushvines.

 

Pairs with

Spicy Calamari Salad with Chorizo and chilli dressing

Niel Joubert Sauvignon Blanc

Almost colourless. Delicate aromas with fresh grass cuttings, hints of lime and nettle.Lively, fruit filled flavours lifted by crisp acidity. Some developing fruit with zesty attraction. Dry, crisp, finish.

Pairs With

Seafood and any Mediterranean dishes.

 

Buitenverwachting Blanc de Noir

Merlot (47%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), Cabernet Franc (23%)

This Blanc de Noir "Bordeaux Blend" offers a combination of fresh strawberry, and other red berry, giving it a refreshing crisp fruity finish, a great summer wine to be served nicely chilled.

Pairs With

Barbecue meats

Doran Vineyards Shiraz

Deep concentration of plums and blackberries with undertones of spice. This is followed by the fresh fragrance of blue violets. Juicy tannins leave your mouth craving for more.

Pairs With

Roast beef

Hathersage Bistro Red

opulent aromas of blackberries, black currants, plums, pepper and spice. This French-styled wine is fruit-driven, medium-bodied, with smooth, ripe tannins that eventually develop into a lingering finish with hints of pencil shavings.

Pairs With

Smoked salmon served with rösti, Tomato risotto with Ricotta and pickle onions

Niel Joubert Pinotage

Medium to light, grainy edge, blue purple. Ripe plum on the nose with light spice backing. Hints of cherry and light earthiness. Good full mouth with more flavours than the nose suggested. Ripe plum with slight smoky trace. Light, supple tannins with smooth flow across the plate. Dry finish with ripe berry notes and lasting spice.

August 28, 2018

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Club Wines - September 2018

DELUXE CASE

Pairs With

Thai Curry, Tomato based seafood dishes

Seven Springs Sauvignon Blanc

This vintage is packed with a flavour-filled and aromatic punch. Concentrated yet a medium body, soft acidity and a clean, refreshing palate interlaced with flavours of green apple, kiwi and grapefruit. The bouquet has floral notes of elderflower and aromas of gooseberry, litchi and grapefruit. Slight hints of green pepper and fig.

I would definitely recommend decanting this wine before drinking as it will aid in opening up the wine and releasing the myriad of aromas and flavours. Serving temperature of 10°C. Often a Sauvignon is seen as a cheap and quaffable wine, but this wine is one of flavour and texture, it can stand on its own but even better with food and good company.

Pairs with

Rich fish (salmon, tuna etc), Shellfish, Poultry, Lean fish, Fruity desserts

Lourens Family Wines Lindi Carien

Grenache Blanc, Verdelho, Rousanne & Chenin Blanc. Verdelho comes from a 21 year old block and is the oldest Verdelho block in South Africa, according to Sawis.

Franco made this wine so that he could make some extra money to buy his then fiancé an engagement ring. He therefore named his wine in honour of his now ever supporting wife Lindi Carien Lourens.

Pairs With

Grilled fish, creamy Alfredo pasta and salads and mild aromatic curry

Vondeling Chardonnay

All grapes are picked at optimum ripeness in the early hours of the morning. They are then packed into a cold room to be chilled further for processing the following day. The grapes are whole bunch pressed, which reduces the absorption of coarse phenolics and helps retain more of the grape’s natural vibrancy. The juice is not settled, but sent directly to 400-litre French oak barrels where spontaneous wild yeast fermentation takes place. No Sulphur is added and the wine typically undergoes partial malolactic fermentation.The wine is matured on its yeast lees for 7 months after which it is blended to tank, then returned to barrel for a further 4 months. The wine spends 12 months in barrel before being blended to tank for a further 3 months for improved stabilisation before bottling.

The wine has a lemon and pale straw colour. It displays a refreshing nose of bright citrus, potpourri and peach blossoms with a subtle hint of beeswax. Medium bodied wine with a great palate tension. Fresh, chalky citrus, yellow flowers, candied almonds and ginger spice. The flavours are vibrant and the finish refined.

Pairs With

Pasta, red meat and spicy Asian style dishes

Kanonkop Kadette Pinotage 2016

Fermentation took place in open concrete fermenters at 28°C. The cap was punched manually every 2 hours and then the juice was drawn off the skins after 4 days. Matured for 14 months in second and third fill French Oak. A complex fruit forward wine with layers of red fruit, yellow plums and savoury chocolate flavours. Elegant tannin structures with a good length and dry finish. Can mature for a further 6 - 8 years.

Pairs With

Grilled chops pork/veal, Spaghetti & meatballs

Eagles Nest Merlot

On the nose is a textured array if gorgeous ripe berry fruit, complemented by nuanced baking spice and crushed pepper. The fruit is vibrant, complex and pleasantly focused by bright acidity. On the palate the delicious dark berry fruit of the nose is carried through to the taste buds and they combine harmoniously to give a rewarding taste sensation. Flavours are supported by juicy tannins and extend into a persistent aftertase. The is ready to drink now and will improve with correct cellaring up to 2022

Pairs With

Roast Pork, Filet Mignon, Beef Brisket,Venison, Duck, Goose, Dark Meat Turkey

Oak Valley Blend

The Blend comprises Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. An intricate bouquet ranging from fruit-driven mulberries and blackcurrants to wonderful spicy and earthy element. Flavours of dark cherry and black plums, mushrooms and cured meats. This is a medium to full bodied, elegant wine from the cool climate of Elgin. Drinking beautifully now, but will continue to age gracefully in bottle.

CLASSIC CASE

Pairs With

Shellfish dishes, scallops, white fish

Simon and the Huguenots

Sauvignon/Semillon blend from Stellenbosch.

Great value wine. Aromas of citrus and gooseberry. Lively acidity.
Pairs with

Chicken and spicy dishes

Front Row White

Chenin Blanc/Roussanne

The style and value for money the Cape can offer. These surprisingly serious Rhône-influenced blends display balanced, ripe fruit flavours with tremendous drinkability.A juicy, surprisingly complex wine with intense flavours and aromas of citrus and stone fruit.

Pairs With

Asian cuisine, pork chops with apple

 

The Liberator - Francophile Chenin Blanc

Anyone who has ever had an audience with Rick will already be convinced that Chenin Blanc is, in fact, the world’s greatest grape variety. For the past 20-odd years, it’s been Rick’s Mission from God to preach this gospel to South Africa’s winemakers, to ensure they recognise the value of their old vine Chenin; a vinous resource just as precious as gold and diamonds are to the rest of the country.

For those commentators content to view South African Chenin Blanc as the primary source of industrial quantities of sub-standard supermarket promotional fodder, think again. This is no facile example; it’s a wine that is designed to demonstrate what can be achieved with a little bit of care and attention in both the vineyard and the cellar. It might well remain South Africa’s most widely planted grape variety, but it’s a fact that should be celebrated and not dismissed. The Francophile Chenin Blanc is delicious now, but could be expected to evolve and gain additional complexity over the next two to three years.

 

Pairs With

chocolate, coffee, mocha, and nut based desserts, as well as blue cheeses like Cambozola to Roquefort.

Vasco & the Explorers

Touriga Nacional

Deeply coloured, concentrated and tannic, Touriga is also distinguished by its fragrance and perfume.

Pairs With

Grilled meat & vegetables, Burgers

The Liberator Francophile Syrah

Full of vibrant red-black fruit and with an aromatic nose reminiscent of Saint-Joseph lilies, the result is a thrilling young red that is free of the constraints and manipulated flavour profile that come with barrel-ageing. This is a very pure and naked example of the Syrah grape. Dangerously drinkable on release, it could be expected to age for three to five years in bottle.

Pairs With

slow cooked lamb, freshly seared steak and mashed potato with caramelised onion gravy

Vondeling Baldrick

A deep purple colour with flashes of scarlet. The ripe plum and mulberry aromas are uplifted with cherry blossom and violets, while infused with subtle cinnamon and aromatic whitepepper. The palate is gentle and the tannins fresh but rounded. The aromatics continue into the palate with added blueberry, a hint of roasted black olives and soft spoken sweet spice. A versatile, vibrant medium-bodied wine, the Baldrick Shiraz will enhance many a dish and occasion.

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