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SOUTH AFRICA

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  • Petit Rouge 2015, Vondeling Farm, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Petit Rouge 2015, 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.

     

    £9.54

  • “Signature” Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Spier, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 13% vol, 75cl

    “Signature” Sauvignon Blanc 2016, 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.

    £9.54

  • “Signature” Pinotage 2015, Spier, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    “Signature” Pinotage 2015, 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.

    £9.72

  • Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Fairview, Coastal Region, Western Cape, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2016, 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.

    £10.98

  • “Baldrick” Shiraz 2014, Vondeling Farm, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Baldrick” Shiraz 2014, Vondeling Farm, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    SAR14

    The vineyards are planted on well weathered granite derived soils on south and southeast facing slopes.

     

    Highly selective hand picking procedures are implemented to ensure that only the best fruit arrives at the winery.

     

    After being chilled overnight, the previous day’s fruit goes through preliminary bunch sorting, after which the grapes are destemmed and berry sorting is applied. The sorted berries drop straight into open-top tanks where cold soaking takes place.

     

    Cool fermentation with hand plunging/mixing allows for the production of a more elegant, fruit-driven profile. After fermentation, the wine is transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation, which softens and enhances the subtle characteristics of the wine. Older French oak barrels were used for maturation, so as not to over-wood the wine and disrupt its subtle balance. After 11 months in barrel, the wine was blended and bottled.

     

    Rich deep purple colour, the nose is of opulent red fruit, with a hint of caramel. The palate is dark fruit, subtle pepper and spices.

     

    £11.22

  • 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

  • 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.

    £11.46

  • “The First Lady” 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Warwick Estate, Western Cape, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “The First Lady” 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Warwick Estate, Western Cape, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    SAR17

    Stan Ratcliffe purchased Warwick on April 1st 1964 after an extensive search for the best ‘terroir’ in the Cape. Together with his wife Norma, they soon realized the potential of the extraordinary property.

     

    Norma became more and more interested in the making of wine and began to study the subject. Soon she was producing her own handcrafted wines using the Warwick grapes.

     

    Norma Ratcliffe is often referred to as ‘The First Lady’ as one of the first women to make wine in South Africa. She is the family matriarch and has been head-winemaker at Warwick since the late 1970’s. The first woman to become a member of the Cape Winemakers Guild and the only woman to serve as Chairperson, she has played a pivotal role in the development of the South African wine industry.

     

    The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon honours Norma, a pioneering lady.

     

    Aged for 18 months in French oak barrels, the wine has a deep and intense ruby red colour. The bouquet reveals dark chocolate, bramble berries, star anise, cloves, cracked black pepper and notes of fresh thyme. The smooth, ripe, round tannins make this wine easy to drink while still retaining good structure

     

    £11.94

  • Meerlust Red 2013, Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch, 14% vol, 75cl

    Meerlust Red 2013, Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch, 14% 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 Merlot 52%, Cabernet Franc 27%, Cabernet Sauvignon 12% & Petit Verdot 9% from younger vines on the estate.

     

    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.

    £12.36