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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

  • 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

  • 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 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 2016 Rubicon spent a total of 19 months in 65 % new French Nevers oak with 35 % in 2nd fill Nevers and Alliers barrels.

     

    The Rubicon 2016 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

  • Vin de Constance 2014, Klein Constantia, Constantia, Cape, 13.5% vol, 50cl

    Vin de Constance 2014, Klein Constantia, Constantia, Cape, 13.5% vol, 50cl

    SAW6

    From these Elysian fields used to come one of the very greatest wines in the world – the legendary Constantia,” writes Hugh Johnson, “Constantia was bought by European courts in the 18th and 19th Centuries in preference to Yquem, Tokay, Madeira…”.

     

    100% Muscat de Frontignan.

     

    A rich, dark golden honey colour with intense perfumed nose of complex spice, cloves and vanilla. Developed secondary flavours of orange marmalade and dark chocolate. An intriguing and ever-evolving wine. The bold, sweet palate is perfectly balanced by tight acidity which results in a long-lingering honeyed finish.

     

    The wine has the potential to age for 20 years +.

     

    £55.44