Club Wines - May 2019


Pairs With

Asian foods, Pork chops

Black Elephant Vintners Timothy White blend

Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier

The wine was matured for 12 months in a combination of old French oak barrels and stainless steel. The wine has a pale lime colour with a slight golden hue, a fruit forward nose of green apples, pear and quince with hint of ginger and honeycomb. The palate is full and rich with a mineral core and refreshing finish.

Pairs with

Panko crumbed fish, with lemon and a fresh green salad.

Tiki Sauvignon Blanc

100% Marlborough, Upper Wairau Valley.

The fruit was harvested at maximum flavour as assessed through frequent tasting in the vineyard by our winemaker. It was very gently pressed to avoid harsh phenolic extraction and allowed the juice to cold settle. The clear juice was fermented at low temperatures using a range of yeast renowned for their ability to enhance the Sauvignon Blanc aromas. A balanced amount of residual sugar was left in the wine to complement the acidity and to add palate weight and structure.

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 full flavours and tight structure of the palate reflect the intrinsic quality of the Wairau Valley vineyards. The wine has a broad spectrum of flavours, from ripe tropical through gooseberry, which is supported by a refreshing acidity and perfectly balanced residual sugar.

Pairs With

Strong Indian & Asian spices

Oak Valley Stone & Steel Riesling

Pleasing fruit aromas of white peach, litchi and pear. Fruit-forwardness follows on the palate with an abundance of fresh lemon, limes and green apple complimented by good textural viscosity and weight. The linear acidity cleanses the palate, keeping the natural sugars in perfect balance creating a brilliantly refreshing wine that can mature beautifully.

Pairs with

Roast leg of lamb

Black Elephant Vintners Amistad Syrah

The wine was matured for 27 months in a combination of 225, 300 and 500L French oak barrels. 10% new wine was added to the balance which is 5-8 years old.

The wine shows notes of black currant, ribena, dried herbs and cured meats The palate is light and elegant with flavours of cherry, oaksmoke, black fruits and savoury spice. Best served a 16-18°C and will benefit from decanting in the first 3-5 years.

Pairs With

Braised pork, veal or chicken



The Kottabos series is a project of exploration in the Stellenbosch hills. The sole purpose is to showcase what this unique terroir has to offer.

‘A new-wave Grenache Syrah blend that also happens to be entirely Stellenbosch. A captivating nose of pomegranate, candy floss, earth and spice while the palate is light and fresh yet very flavourful, the tannins fine and supple. Super stuff!"

Pairs With

Tomato based pasta sauces.

Viticcio Chianti Classico 2015

Brilliant ruby red in color, on the nose this wine offers scents of red fruits, plums, and violets. Also evident are notes of blond tobacco, graphite, damp underbrush, and toasty notes. On the palate, it is pleasantly refreshing, with elegant and balanced tannins that leave a long finish of toasted and bitter cacao notes, which come from ageing in wood. Will age well for eight years or more


Pairs With

Spicy dishes & hard white cheeses

De Kleine Wijn Koop Eekhoring White

Chenin Blanc 78% | Grenache Blanc 10% | Marsanne 9% | Viura 3%

Eekhoring is Afrikaans for "squirrel", and an exciting new collaboration between Red Squirrel Wine and the talented guys behind De Kleine Wijn Koöp in Stellenbosch, South Africa. It's predominantly Chenin Blanc, with an eclectic cocktail of alternative varieties, mostly from the Swartland and from vines up to 38-years-old. 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. Definitely a wine of which you should always have a few bottles squirrelled away!

Pairs with

Spicy dishes

Villiera Jasmine

51% Moscato, 27% Gewurztraminer, 22% Riesling

A floral, slightly spicy white wine which is fresh, light and slightly sweet but complex enough to drink with food

Pairs With

Chicken Supreme, Shrimp Risotto


Niel Joubert Chenin Blanc

Almost colourless with bright yellow reflections. Very attractive nose with lost of tropical fruit guava, 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

Most red meats especially on the BBQ/Braai

De Kleine Wijn Koop Eekhoring Red Blend

Cinsaut, Syrah, & Pinotage

Eekhoring is Afrikaans for "squirrel". It's a Cape blend of from the Swartland, 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. Only a few thousand bottled produced in this debut vintage.

Pairs with

Roasted Meat and game

La Musa Montepulciano D'Abruzzo

Intense ruby red. Fruity, round and full bodied.

Pairs With

Slow cooked beef stew

Signal Cannon Merlot

Delicate red berry character, some delightfully fine tannin and a wonderfully long, clean finish.


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