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  • “Signature” Pinotage 2018, Spier, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Signature” Pinotage 2018, Spier, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    SAR8

    Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa with a recorded history dating back to 1692.

     

    Today they have embraced many modern approaches and aim to minimise the impact of their activities on the environment. They are a Champion member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, organically certified and Fair Trade accredited.


    Wherever possible, Spier look for ways to support local industry and communities. They support local communities through the Treepreneur Project which encourages people in impoverished communities to grow trees in exchange for essential goods.

     

    Grapes for the Signature Pinotage were gently crushed, de-stemmed and cooled. After two days of cold soaking the juice was fermented until dry in stainless steel tanks. 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.

     

    Clear bright purple red in appearance, the nose has typical red fruits – raspberries and cranberries.The palate is full of ripe fruit with good balancing acidity, round, with soft tannins, and a long, slightly sweet finish.

    £11.10

  • “Signature” Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Spier, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 13% vol, 75cl

    “Signature” Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Spier, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 13% vol, 75cl

    SAW9

    Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa with a recorded history dating back to 1692.

     

    Today they have embraced many modern approaches and aim to minimise the impact of their activities on the environment. They are a Champion member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, organically certified and Fair Trade accredited.


    Wherever possible, Spier look for ways to support local industry and communities. They support local communities through the Treepreneur Project which encourages people in impoverished communities to grow trees in exchange for essential goods.


    Grapes for the Signature Sauvignon Blanc are hand harvested from selected vineyard blocks and taken to the cellar where they are de-stemmed, slightly crushed and given a short skin contact before being pressed. Fermentation is temperature controlled in stainless steel vats followed by ageing on the fine lees for another three months to give extra body and elegance. This wine is not oaked.


    Pale straw in colour with a greenish hue. Intense aromas of gooseberries, passion fruit, green and yellow peppers and hints of tropical fruit on the nose. Medium bodied good balance between fruit and acidity on the palate.

    £11.10

  • Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Fairview, Coastal Region, Western Cape, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Fairview, Coastal Region, Western Cape, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    SAW16

    Fairview is situated on the lower slopes of Mount Paarl, which is more sheltered from the moderating maritime influence than nearby Stellenbosch. Vines were planted here as early as 1699.  The property was bought by the grandfather of current owner, Charles Back, in 1937.

     

    Fairview has a reputation for consistent quality across a range of innovative styles, using both classic and unusual varieties. The Fairview estate now has a total of 586 hectares of vineyard over four appellations: Paarl (350 hectares), Swartland (115 hectares), Darling (86 hectares) and Stellenbosch (35 hectares). This vineyard ownership in so many different regions allows Charles to produce a wide range of wines, from grapes grown in optimal conditions.

     

    Grapes for this Sauvignon Blanc were grown on unirrigated vineyards in Darling. The grapes were machine harvested from very early in the morning, arriving at the cellar before sunrise to be fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine was left on its fine lees after fermentation, prior to blending and bottling.

     

    Pale lemon in the glass. Tropical notes of ripe melon on the nose. With a lively minerality and fresh acidity, the palate is filled with flavours of the tropics. The wine has a full, rich and textured mouthfeel with a fresh finish.

    £12.12

  • Meerlust Red 2016, Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Meerlust Red 2016, Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    SAR16

    Growing fine wines on the Meerlust Estate, situated fifteen km south of Stellenbosch, has been part of the Myburgh family tradition for eight generations, beginning in 1756.

     

    The first owner of the property, a German immigrant named Henning Huising, recognized the beauty and potential of the area and settled here in 1693. He named his new-found home “Meerlust”, meaning “pleasure of the sea” – the site is on a granitic  outcrop only 5 km from False Bay, and in the warm summer months the vineyards are refreshed by ocean breezes and evening mists which roll in from the coast.

     

    A blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 23%, Cabernet Franc , &  9% Petit Verdot.

     

    The wine has an intense, dark purple colour with a violet rim. The nose is powerful with aromas of cassis, plum, and spice. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied with intense flavours of blackfruit, vanilla and dark chocolate. The tannins are soft and silky, the acidity fresh, The wine has a persistent and long-lasting aftertaste.

     

    Drinking very well now, but with the potential to age for 10+ years.

    £13.98

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Vondeling Farm, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, 14% vol, 75cl

    Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Vondeling Farm, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, 14% vol, 75cl

    SAR6

    The grapes used for this wine originate from one of Vondeling’s highest and most temperate slopes. The roots burrow deep into nutrient poor, well weathered granite soils. This offers great consistency of concentration and aroma.

     

    Upon arrival at the cellar the grapes are pre-chilled before processing. Once chilled they are gently de-stemmed and the berries cold soaked for two days before natural fermentation is allowed to occur. A combination of whole and crushed berries allows for a slow extraction of tannins and an intense fruit driven profile.

     

    After fermentation, extended maceration on the skins is allowed for one week after which the wine is drained to 300 litre French oak barrels and the skins are pressed in a traditional wooden basket press.

     

    100% malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel after which the wine is racked and returned to barrel for at least one full year. After a total time of 18 months in barrel, the wine is bottled and laid to rest for another year before finally being made available for purchase.

     

    An intense, dark, ruby red, the nose is fragrant with blackcurrant and liquorice. Soft, smoky oak softens the black pepper vibrancy and lends an exotic lift to the nose.
    Moderately tannic, the wine is elegant and balanced.

    £15.30

  • “Sweet Carolyn” 2015/16, Vondeling Farm, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, 9.5% vol, 50cl

    “Sweet Carolyn” 2015/16, Vondeling Farm, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, 9.5% vol, 50cl

    SAW12

    100% Muscat de Frontignan.

     

    This wine is made from a single block and much of this wine is quite literally made in the vineyards.


    The process begins by crimping the stems of the grapes. This crimping process stops the supply of water to the bunch, causing the berries to dessicate on the vine. Crimping is done before the grapes are fully ripe and still high in natural acidity. The crimping process therefore concentrates both the sugar and the acidity of the berries and is allowed to continue for one week only.

     

    The grapes are then harvested and placed on beds of straw in wooden sheds. The straw helps disperse moisture and prevent rot. It is important that there is good ventilation during the drying phase. This raisining process takes approximately 10 days.

     

    The grapes are destemmed and crushed, but because they are dry, almost no juice is released. In order to extract all the sugar and as much of the juice as possible, the wine is allowed to begin fermenting on the skins before being pressed. This pressed juice is sent directly to barrel to complete its fermentation.

     

    Fermentation stops naturally when the combination of high acidity, increasing alcohol and concentrated sugar finally becomes too much for the yeast and they die. The wine is aged for one year in old French oak before it is bottled and matured before release.

     

    Bright with a light amber colour, the nose shows soft peach aromas, fresh pineapple and ripe apricot. The palate is sweet but cut by tangy acidity.

    £18.84

  • Meerlust Merlot 2015, Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 14% vol, 75cl

    Meerlust Merlot 2015, Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 14% vol, 75cl

    SAR13

    Growing fine wines on the Meerlust Estate, situated fifteen km south of Stellenbosch, has been part of the Myburgh family tradition for eight generations, beginning in 1756.

     

    The first owner of the property, a German immigrant named Henning Huising, recognized the beauty and potential of the area and settled here in 1693. He named his new-found home “Meerlust”, meaning “pleasure of the sea” – the site is on a granitic  outcrop only 5 km from False Bay, and in the warm summer months the vineyards are refreshed by ocean breezes and evening mists which roll in from the coast.

     

    Meerlust Merlot 2014 is a blend of 85% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc for structure and acidity and 7% Petit Verdot which gives the wine a lifted floral aroma and polished, sleek tannins. The grapes were selected from vineyards of 24 year old estate-grown vines

     

    The grapes were hand picked and carefully selected before crushing. Fermentation was in stainless steel tanks. A portion of the wine was given extended maceration on the skins for three weeks before pressing. Malolactic fermentation took place in 300 litre French oak barriques with maturation in 60% new Nevers French oak, 40% second fill Nevers for 17 months before bottling.

     

    The perfect growing conditions of 2015 has produced one of Meerlust’s finest Merlots yet. Deep, youthful purple colour with a ruby rim. Intense dark brambly fruit on the nose, mulberry, liquorice and damson plum with hints of dark chocolate and spice, tempered by a stony minerality. The  medium-full bodied palate offers generous, ripe, pure Merlot fruit with refreshing acidity, structured yet silky tannins and pronounced length and minerality. There is a core of juiciness, opulence and richness typical of the variety, while the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot lend greater complexity to the wine.

     

     

    £21.30

  • Meerlust Pinot Noir 2016, Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch, 13% vol, 75cl

    Meerlust Pinot Noir 2016, Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch, 13% vol, 75cl

    SAR7

    Growing fine wines on the Meerlust Estate, situated fifteen km south of Stellenbosch, has been part of the Myburgh family tradition for eight generations, beginning in 1756.

     

    The first owner of the property, a German immigrant named Henning Huising, recognized the beauty and potential of the area and settled here in 1693. He named his new-found home “Meerlust”, meaning “pleasure of the sea” – the site is on a granitic  outcrop only 5 km from False Bay, and in the warm summer months the vineyards are refreshed by ocean breezes and evening mists which roll in from the coast.

     

    100% Pinot Noir from vines with an average age of 20 years old, situated at the highest point on the estate (85-120metres above sea level) with a South facing aspect to benefit from the cool, maritime breeze tat blows from False Bay.

     

    The 2016 grapes were handpicked and selected in the coolness of morning before partial de-stemming and crushing.

     

    Fermentation was in small, stainless steel vats with regular pigeage (pumping over) for gentle extraction. After fermentation the wine was pressed directly into French oak barriques for malo-lactic fermentation. After racking, the wine was matured in 50% new Allier barriques and 50% second fill barriques for 11 months before bottling.

     

    Intense, vivid translucent youthful purple-ruby in appearance. The wine shows pronounced lifted perfume on the nose with red berry fruit, mushrooms and hints of savoury richness and spice and a clean vibrant minerality. On the palate there are very pure Pinot fruit flavours on entry with red cherry coupled with fresh acidity. The wine has layered complexity with great elegance and finesse. Very fine tannins provide a searching and long finish.

    £22.80

  • “Rubicon” 2016, Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 14% vol, 75cl

    “Rubicon” 2016, Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 14% vol, 75cl

    SAR5

    Growing fine wines on the Meerlust Estate, situated fifteen km south of Stellenbosch, has been part of the Myburgh family tradition for eight generations, beginning in 1756.

     

    The first owner of the property, a German immigrant named Henning Huising, recognized the beauty and potential of the area and settled here in 1693. He named his new-found home “Meerlust”, meaning “pleasure of the sea” – the site is on a granitic  outcrop only 5 km from False Bay, and in the warm summer months the vineyards are refreshed by ocean breezes and evening mists which roll in from the coast.

     

    “Rubicon” is Meerlust’s flagship red – inspired by the classic blends of  Bordeaux.

     

    61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc & 4% Petit Verdot.

     

    The cold wet winter of 2014 and early spring were ideal to promote very even canopy development and good fruit set. Extensive canopy management, leaf removal and bunch selection was practiced to ensure a uniformly ripe and healthy crop. 2015 is widely acknowledged as superb vintage in the Cape and this is clearly evident in the Rubicon 2015. All the vineyards were green harvested during veraison (the onset of ripening of the grapes) to reduce yield, increase concentration and fruit definition. The crop was healthy due to the ever- present prevailing South Easterly sea breezes. The fruit from each vineyard was harvested in small lots and fermented separately to monitor vineyard expression.

     

     

    The Cabernets were given quite lengthy macerations to ensure complete extraction of the perfectly ripe fruit, but the Merlot was given even longer post fermentation maceration to add a broad, juicy and silky texture to the blend as a whole. Malolactic fermentation was completed in barrel for 7 months before assessment and assemblage. The 2015 Rubicon spent a total of 19 months in 65 % new French Nevers oak with 35 % in 2nd fill Nevers and Alliers barrels.

     

    The Rubicon 2015 is showing all of the hallmarks of a great, classic vintage of Rubicon. Incredibly dense purple-ebony core with very slight gradation at the rim. The nose is brooding, dark bramble fruit, cassis, plum, incense and liquorice, it is still very tightly coiled, slowly offering cigar box, crushed stone and subtle oak spice. On the palate the wine is concentrated yet restrained with dark fruit flavours of pastille, mulberry and dark chocolate, all held in an intricate lattice of polished sleek grape tannin. Still very young yet approachable, this Rubicon promises a long future of maturation and enjoyment.

     

     

     

    £29.40