Club Wines - January 2018


Pairs With

Roast Chicken & Grilled Tuna

The Garajeest - Jim

Winemaker Callan Williams hails from Zimbabwe and set out to become a professional ballet dancer but made a handbrake turn and switched to study viticulture & oenology at Elsenburg agricultural college.

Following stints at Villiera in Stellenbosch, then Iona in the Elgin Valley, Callan now runs her own boutique operation out of rented cellar space near Somerset West.Semillon from an Elgin vineyard 200 metres above sea level and close to the Atlantic ocean and its cooling breezes. Half-and-half fermented in stainless steel tank and used French oak barrels.

Very intense and bright, overall impression is fresh with seriously quenching acidity that balances the smooth, mouth-filling texture. Grip and shape. Grassy, then tropical fruit and umami notes. Very long

Pairs with

Seafood, chicken and spicy dishes

Carinus Chenin Blanc

From a 1981 Swartland vineyard and involving three pickings at different levels of ripeness. Matured for 10 months in third- and fourth-fill barrels. Peach, apple, some earth and a little oxidative complexity. Great fruit purity, zippy acidity and a lovely savoury finish. A delight to drink. 91 points Christian Eedes/p>

Pairs With

Creamy Fish and Chicken dishes

Clos Malverne Sauvignon Blanc

The wine is full and dry with well-balanced acid. It has tropical fruit, flintiness and hints of asparagus and figs on the nose that all follow through to the palate. Drink now to really appreciate the fruitiness.

Pairs With

Roast leg of lamb, also great with matured cheese and preserves.

Doolhof Malbec

Malbec ripens quite early yielding superior quality fruit with good analysis. The grapes were hand picked and whole bunch sorted over a week, extracting colour and aromas early. A slow fermentation to start, as well as extended time on the skins, further enhanced wine quality. The grapes were pressed at -2° Balling and matured in 40% new French oak barrels for 12 months.

Intense garnet to dark purple in colour with vibrant aromas of violets, cocoa and black pepper. The palete shows richness and roundness with flavours of blakberries and plum.

Pairs With

Pepper steak, Oxtail stew

Clos Malverne Pinotage Reserve

Optimally ripe grapes are crushed and fermented for 7 days on their skins, then pressed in traditional basket presses before completing primary fermentation in the tank. The average fermentation temperature is 25-30° C. Malolactic fermentation also takes place in the tank. After racking, the wine goes into specially selected 225l oak barrels of which approximately 20% are American and 80% French Nevers. The wine spends 12 months in wood, filtered and bottled.

The wine has a dark plum colour. It shows a ripe berry character complimented by vanilla and spicy flavours – full- bodied, ready for drinking now, will also benefit from bottle ageing for another 5 years.

Pairs With

Goulash, Venison

Neil Ellis Groenekloof Shiraz

Medium bodied, cool climate Shiraz, in which balance is more important than power. The wine is fresh and vibrant showing red fruit and perfume aromas and some dried herb notes. The palate shows bright fruit with hints of white pepper, spice with a good structure and grippy tannins to finish. Restraint use of oak.


Pairs With

Serve with salads and light fish dishes, or simply on its own.

Babylonstoren Chenin Blanc

A light, crisp, dry wine that is fruit driven and juicy. Unwooded and refreshing with lovely guava and melon flavours rounded off with a hint of freshly cut grass and Packham pear undertones.

Pairs with

Chicken, pork, Thai, salads, most seafood

The Liberator-Episode 8–An Arrogance of Sommeliers

Made at Vergelegen, this a 90% Semillon and 10% Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch. Only 2443 bottles made. Herby citrus nose. It is dry and crispy with great acidity. Drinking well now but will age well.

Pairs With

Veal, Calamari or Vegetable tart

Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc

An upfront herbaceousness is followed by a bombardment of green pepper, fig leaves, passion fruit, star fruit and limey aromas, ending with a distinctive, bright flintiness. This is an expression of the excellent climate and soil on which these grapes were grown. The complexity of the nose is expressed on the palate giving this wine a full, crisp and lively mouth-feel, with an after taste that lingers.

Pairs With

Grilled Lamb Chops

Flagstone Longitude

Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec. On the nose there is an explosion of plums and dark berries. Spicy undertones and hints of crushed cashew nuts and fresh mint gives this wine dimension. The palate is all about silky tannins and length. Bright flavours of plum and berries combined with the subtle tannins, makes this a smooth wine on the palate. It finishes with unexpected power and an explosion of chocolate that lingers.

Pairs With

Smoked duck, Pulled Pork, Bobotie

Front Row Red

Made by Stefan Basson of Babylons Peak. This Rhone style wine is a balanced ripe fruit. Easy drinking.

Pairs With

brisket, stew, lamb or venison. It might even rich out to a roast duck in plum sauce.

Cloof Very Sexy Shiraz

Grown in vineyards that have been described as ‘Shiraz Heaven’, this wine’s luscious fruit was accessorised with French Oak, making a wine so appealing and seductive that it could only be named after the experience one has when drinking it.

A deep, dark ruby red colour. Intense and complex flavours of white pepper, cloves, cinnamon supported by dark fruit flavours on the nose that follows through on the palate. A full-bodied wine with soft ripe tannins and intense spicy flavours.


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