Club Wines - October 2018


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


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.


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.

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