Club Wines - July 2018


Pairs With

Oysters, smoked salmon, shrimp, sushi

Charles Fox Brut Rose

Chardonnay/Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier

Refined nose with a fresh citrus edge and some tight, toasty bready notes. Clean and youthful. The palate is very fresh with fine delicate flavours of lemon apple and pear with a slightly savoury, rather mineraly streak. The good acid structure suggests that there's a long life ahead for this wine.

Pairs with

Aperatif or with White meats, shellfish, fish and creamy pasta dishes.

Hathersage Chardonnay

On the palate, this wine is fruit driven with citrus, buttery notes and subtle vanilla oaking.

Pairs With

Oily/buttery food, various salads, most fish dishes

Oak Valley Fountain of Youth

Fruit characters of gooseberry, white peach and ruby grapefruit made in a mineral and elegant style, characteristic of the Elgin cool climate. Weight on the palate is aided by the 12% Sémillon component which adds extra complexity. 'Fountain of Youth' refers to the lasting freshness of Oak Valley Sauvignon Blanc which retains its integrity for 10+ years in bottle.

Pairs With

oxtail, goulash, bredies, venison

Boschkloof Syrah

Boschkloof vineyards, syrah clone SH 99. Grapes harvested at 24B. Hand selected and sorted, the yield was moderate at 6 tons per hectare. Natural fermentation, no yeast added. Skin contact for 13 days after alcoholic fermentation with MLF taking place in barrel. Carefully matured in 10% new French 225l barrels for 14 months. Minimum filtration before bottling.

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

Cold meats, carpaccio

Elgin Vintners Merlot

Deep ruby velvet in colour with an exotic nose combining red plums, black berries, blueberries, violets, cardamom and walnuts that follows though onto the palate. Silky tannins combined with a rich purity of fruit and somewhat savoury finish distinguish this seamless wine as a great ambassador for Merlot from the cool climate Elgin region.

Pairs With

Lamb shank

Annexkloof Tulu

Shiraz, Mouvedre, Grenache

A well-balanced and complex blend. Named after winemaker's father, Toeloe Basson. A strong, full bodied character leading the way. Aged for 14 months in French oak.


Pairs With

Fish & chicken dishes

Buitenverwachting Buiten Blanc

97% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Semillion

The wine has a pale lime colour. Strong white fruit and floral bouquet on the nose, with an endearing, underlying flinty freshness. The palate shows tightly grouped tropical flavours with pear and quince. Full and rich with a fresh lime finish.

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

Enjoy chilled with sundried figs, fresh sour dough bread and soft cheeses.

Vondeling Sauvignon Blanc

Grapes are picked in the cool, early hours of the morning then packed into a cold room for further cooling. Once the grapes are below 10°C they are gently destemmed, crushed and pressed speedily to tank. During this process, the sensitive Sauvignon Blanc juice is protected from oxidative degradation, through the judicious application of dry ice pellets. These pellets form an “insulation blanket” of carbon dioxide gas above the juice. All free-run juice and press juice are managed separately, according to their character.

The juice is cold settled for 48 hours before it is racked from its sediments and inoculated with pure yeast cultures. Cold fermentation at 11°C locks in freshness and ensures an intense tropical fruit bouquet. After fermentation, the wine is kept on the gross lees for 4 months. This practice adds weight to the palate.

The wine has a pale straw colour with a slight green edge. It displays an aromatic nose; rich with floral perfume, passion fruit, melon and pineapple. The aromas on the nose carry through beautifully to a concentrated fruit driven palate with a flinty, zesty finish.

Pairs With

Shrimps Risotto, Duo of Duck, Pan-fried free ranch chicken supreme


Niel Joubert Chenin Blanc

Almost colourless with bright yellow reflections. Very attractive nose with lost of tropical fruit gauva, granadilla and some citrus. Bright and fresh in the mouth with lively action across the palate. All the flavour the nose promised with hint of pineapple and some lemon. Good, brisk acidity gives balance to the ripe tropical flavours. Refreshing finish.

Pairs With

Red meat dishes.

Vasco & The Explorers

Touriga Nacional

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

Pairs With

Smoked salmon served with rösti,Tomato risotto with Ricotta and pickle onions,Pan-fried Ostrich Fillet Served with Spaetzlie

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.

Pairs With

Slow cooked lamb shank, freshly seared steak and mashed potato with caramelised onion gravy.

Vondeling Baldrick Shiraz

All grapes are hand selected and chilled overnight before being partially destemmed and placed as whole berries in open-top fermenters. The berry mash is cold soaked for 48hrs, before fermenting spontaneously. Fermentation takes place at a cool 22°C. All fermentation is done by wild yeasts. During fermentation, the wine is mixed by hand and not by pump. This method facilitates greater control and expression of the wine. Once fermentation is complete the skins are pressed in a traditional basket press and the wine is transferred to 400L second and third fill French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation occurs in the barrel and helps to soften and enhance the natural wine flavours. The wine will spend more than a year in barrel.

The wine displays a deep scarlet and purple colour. Lovely floral notes of cherry blossom, rose petals and violets on the nose. Beautifully infused with sweet cinnamon, cloves, truffle and coriander. Nicely rounded with soft tannins on the palate. Full of plump juicy plums, subtle pepper, rich smoky cigar and roasted black olives and other exotic spices. A versatile, vibrant and relatively full-bodied wines, the Baldrick Shiraz will enhance many a dish and occasion.

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