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SOUTH AFRICA

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  • “Signature” Pinotage 2017, Spier, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    “Signature” Pinotage 2017, Spier, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 14.5% 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.

    £10.38

  • “Signature” Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Spier, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Signature” Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Spier, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 13.5% 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.

    £10.38

  • Petit Rouge 2016, Vondeling Farm, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Petit Rouge 2016, Vondeling Farm, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.

     

    All grapes are carefully sorted to ensure quality.

     

    Fermentation is in temperature controlled stainless steel after which the wine is transferred to old 300 litre French oak barrels. The wine spends a total of 11 months in barrel, after which it is bottled.

     

    Colour: A ruby red colour.
    Nose: An elegant fruit profile on the nose includes cherries, subtle raspberry and spicy black pepper.
    Palate: All this is nicely supported by refined tannins and a soft finish.

     

    £10.74

  • Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/ Cab. Franc 2011, Vergelegen, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 14% vol, 75cl

    Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/ Cab. Franc 2011, Vergelegen, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 14% vol, 75cl

    SAR3

    At Vergelegen all grapes are handpicked followed by storage in a refrigerated container at -20°C for 48 hours. The cool grapes (8-10°C) are then carefully sorted before de-stemming and temperature controlled fermentation  The young red wine is then macerated on the skins for a further 4-7 weeks before going into barrel for 15 months.

    52% Cabernet Sauvignon,  30% Merlot , 15% Cabernet Franc,  3% Petit Verdot.

     

    Bright dark red with claret-like aromas of black and redcurrant, coffee, tobacco, mocha and oak.  Mid-weight in body with richness and a firm spine of gentle acidity and soft tannins to balance the intense berry and spice flavours.

    £11.46

  • Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Fairview, Coastal Region, Western Cape, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2017, 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.

    £11.46

  • Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Vergelegen, Western Cape, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Vergelegen, Western Cape, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    SAW7

    The grapes for this premium Sauvignon Blanc were all from Vergelegen’s own vineyards.

    Grapes from the selected vineyards were hand harvested at peak ripeness and transported to the Vergelegen cellar for temperature controlled fermentation. Musts and finished wines were kept in contact with their lees by stirring at least once daily to intensify the fruit flavour of the finished wine.

    Sauvignon Blanc 95%, Semillon 5%.

     

    Pale, bright, green-tinged yellow. Pure, vibrant aromas of lime, gooseberry, white pepper and quince.  Shows lovely elegance with the acidity balancing perfectly with the ripe fruit.

    £11.58

  • Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Vondeling Farm, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, 13% vol, 75cl

    Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Vondeling Farm, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, 13% vol, 75cl

    The grapes originate from two 29-year-old vineyards called The Long Block and The Spice Block respectively. Yields are low and produce wines with structure and concentration.

     

    Grapes are picked only in the cool, early hours of the morning and then packed into a cold room to be chilled before processing the following day. The grapes are gently crushed and pressed speedily to tank. A cold fermentation takes place at 11°C to lock in freshness and promote an intense tropical fruit bouquet. After fermentation, the wine is kept on its lees for 7 months. This practice adds weight to the palate and promotes a creamier mouth feel.

     

    Pale straw in appearance with a slight green edge, the nose is of citrus and fig, supported nicely by capsicum freshness. The aromas on the nose carry through beautifully to a firm but fruit driven palate with a mild acidic zing, some flintiness and a long lingering finish.

    £11.94

  • Meerlust Red 2014, Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Meerlust Red 2014, 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.

    £12.66

  • “Babiana” 2015/16, Vondeling Farm, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Babiana” 2015/16, Vondeling Farm, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    SAW11

    The 2015 vintage is a rich and complex wine, a blend of 60% Chenin Blanc, 18% Grenache Blanc, 16% Viognier and 6% Chardonnay.

     

     

    (The Babiana noctiflora is a rare species of fynbos found only on the Paardeberg Mountain. It has is a delicate yellow flower, which releases its scent in the evenings to attract moths for pollination.)

     

    The Chenin Blanc grapes originate from a 30-year-old vineyard,  named “The Graveyard” in respect to the historic family graveyard it encloses. The vines are low yielding to give consistent quality and concentration. Chenin Blanc and Viognier are favourites for white blends in the Voor Paardeberg. The fullness of the Chenin Blanc and the structure and aroma of the Viognier is tempered by a strong mineral character typical of the farm’s granite soils. The Chardonnay and Grenache Blanc lend vigour and freshness to the blend.

     

    All grapes are hand-picked at optimum ripeness in the early hours of the morning. They are then chilled in a cold room and processed the following day. The grapes are not crushed, but are whole-bunch pressed straight to barrel. No sulphur, yeast or acid is added to the juice and the fermentation is 100% natural.

     

    The wine is matured on the lees for 7 months before being racked and blended. The final blend is then returned to barrel for a further 4 months of maturation.

     

    Pale, straw-like yellow in appearance, the wine has a complex nose of soft fruit and spicy richness. Understated at first but opens beautifully to expose sweet wild honey, peach blossoms, pineapple and toasted cashew nuts.

     

    The palate is wonderfully dense with a taught mineral freshness. Rose petals and white pepper are softened by honeyed pears. The oak is seamlessly integrated and smooth. The mid-palate is creamy, yet poised and the wine has a long, lingering finish.

     

    The 2016 blend is slightly different with 55% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier 14% Grenache Blanc, 6% Viognier and 5% Chardonnay.

     

    2016 wine-makers tasting note

    Pale, straw yellow with a bright green hue. The nose has great tension and poise brimming with roasted almonds, sweet cashew, Turkish delight, lime zest, apricot and orange marmalade, wild honey and pineapple. The palate is fresh, vibrant and textured with weighted density and length. Layers of rolled oats, white pepper, floral jasmine, mint, ginger and creamy lemon meringue aptly supported by subtle and reserved oak presence. “

    £14.88