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Boer & Brit The Field Marshal 2014 (1x 75cl)

Boer & Brit is the combination of winemakers Stefan Gerber, a great, great grandson of President Paul Kruger and Alexander Milner a great, great grandson of Field Marshall John French. These two have, more than a hundred years after the bitter rivalry of their forefathers, created Boer & Brit, a range of dynamic and exciting wines that have gone down a storm both in South Africa and abroad.

The fermentation of this wine took place at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks, to maintain the varietal characteristics of each component of the blend. The Field Marshal is a marvellous blend which shows complex aromas of green vegetation, pomegranate, cloves, pepper, ripe plums, and piquant spice leading to a lean, savoury finish.

This wine is the ideal match for slow roasted leg of lamb or pheasant pie.

£11.65

Chocolate Block - Boekenhoutskloof 2016 (1x75cl)

Marc Kent has built up an international reputation as one of South Africa's greatest winemakers. His small batch production ideology and passionate winemaking have created a demand for his wine that is the envy of his contemporaries. Based in Franschhoek, the estate has gained cult status because of the exquisitely balanced wines that reflect the varieties used as much as the soil they come from. Chocolate Block has carved out an impressive niche for itself with its deep complex character.

The 2016 Chocolate Block is a blend of Syrah (79%), Grenache Noir (11%), Cabernet Sauvignon (6%), Cinsault (3%) and Viognier (1%). Due to the looming drought conditions, yields were much lower, resulting in higher berry concentration and healthier grapes. Phenolic ripeness was easily achieved, with the harvesting of grapes taking place earlier, during the cooler stages of the harvest period. The increased volume of Grenache Noir in the blend enhances the flavour profile significantly, with Syrah being its structural backbone. The Grenache was matured in 600-litre barrels to retain its unmistakable fruity aromas and vibrancy. The wine matures in first-fill (all of the Cabernet Sauvignon), second-fill and third-fill French oak barrels as well as 2,500-litre French oak foudres for 16 months before it undergoes a light, egg-white fining and filtration.

The nose is exceptionally perfumed with an abundance of complex red and dark berry fruit, violets and intense aromas of white pepper. Dark brooding fruit follows through onto a structured, opulent palate with notes of cardamom, cumin, cloves and black pepper. The mid-palate is rich, textured and balanced with integrated acidity, cocoa powdery tannins and a definite cedarwood character derived from French oak. White pepper lingers on a smooth, lifted finish.

£21.05

Cloof Wine Estate Dusty Road Merlot 2016 (1x75cl)

Nestled in the unique region of Darling lies a place so wondrous, tranquil and enchanting that it's no surprise that Cloof are able to produce some exceptional wines including the Dusty Road range. Cloof Wine Estate is truly off the beaten track, but they are firm believers that it's often the road less travelled that leads you to places that will be etched in your mind forever and provide food for the soul. Each of their wines is created using Head Winemaker, Hennie Huskisson's passion for creating styles that reflect what this unique region has to offer and the high quality of grapes that are produced.

To read the winemaker's tasting notes for this wine, please click the blue link below.

Dusty Road Merlot 2016 - fiche technique

£7.80

Cloof Wine Estate Dusty Road Merlot 2017 (1x75cl)

Nestled in the unique region of Darling lies a place so wondrous, tranquil and enchanting that it's no surprise that Cloof are able to produce some exceptional wines including the Dusty Road range. Cloof Wine Estate is truly off the beaten track, but they are firm believers that it's often the road less travelled that leads you to places that will be etched in your mind forever and provide food for the soul. Each of their wines is created using Head Winemaker, Hennie Huskisson's passion for creating styles that reflect what this unique region has to offer and the high quality of grapes that are produced.

After harvesting the wine had 3 days of cold soak at 13ºC before innoculation with a French yeast. It then fermented for 2 weeks at 30 ºC until dry, before being pressed. After malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked of its lees and stored for a further 3 months before bottling.

Deep, dark red colour with purple tinge. Intense flavours of plums, blackcurrant and a hint of leather. This medium bodied red wine has a palate of ripe dark fruit, well supported by soft tannins.

Enjoy it with rosemary marinated lamb shank in buttered polenta or serve with a cold meat platter or grilled goat’s cheese salad.

£7.80

Cloof Wine Estate Dusty Road Pinotage 2016 (1x75cl)

Nestled in the unique region of Darling lies a place so wondrous, tranquil and enchanting that it's no surprise that Cloof are able to produce some exceptional wines including the Dusty Road range. Cloof Wine Estate is truly off the beaten track, but they are firm believers that it's often the road less travelled that leads you to places that will be etched in your mind forever and provide food for the soul. Each of their wines is created using Head Winemaker, Hennie Huskisson's passion for creating styles that reflect what this unique region has to offer and the high quality of grapes that are produced.

To read the winemaker's tasting notes for this wine, please click the blue link below.

Dusty Road Pinotage 2016 - fiche technique

£7.90

De Waal Pinotage 2015 (1x75cl)

In 1864, Uiterwyk Estate became the property of the De Waal family, which by then had been making wine for four generations in Cape Town and Constantia. Today, the ninth generation of this family - and the fifth generation on Uiterwyk - is maintaining their winemaking tradition. C.T. de Waal was the first person ever to make a wine from Pinotage grapes when he made an experimental barrel of Pinotage in 1941, sixteen years after the variety was created by Prof. Abraham Perold. De Waal have a vineyard of Pinotage bush vines that are now 68 years old - this is the oldest existing Pinotage vineyard in the world!

To see De Waal's information sheet and tasting note for this wine please click the blue link below.

De Waal Pinotage 2015 - fiche technique

£10.30

De Waal Top of the Hill Pinotage 2014 (1x75cl)

In 1864, Uiterwyk Estate became the property of the De Waal family, which by then had been making wine for four generations in Cape Town and Constantia. Today, the ninth generation of this family - and the fifth generation on Uiterwyk - is maintaining their winemaking tradition. C.T. de Waal was the first person ever to make a wine from Pinotage grapes when he made an experimental barrel of Pinotage in 1941, sixteen years after the variety was created by Prof. Abraham Perold. De Waal have a vineyard of Pinotage bush vines that are now 68 years old - it is the oldest existing Pinotage vineyard in the world! This wine is made using these vines.

To see De Waal's information sheet and tasting note for this wine please click the blue link below. (You will immediately spot that this wine is now sold out at the winery - a testament to its quality and popularity.)

De Waal Top of The Hill Pinotage 2014 - fiche technique

£31.35

Gabrielskloof Cabernet Franc 2015 (1x75cl)

The Landscape Series of wines is an authentic representation of Gabrielskloof's top vineyards, as well as a few old vine treasures. They wanted the labels to reflect this and decided to commission local artist and friend Niël Jonker to capture the spirit of the Overberg landscapes. 

The 2015 vintage led to early proclamations that it is a Cape classic, and the wines are certainly backing this up. In his fourth annual guide to South African wines, award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine Tim Atkin says the 2015 vintage is “the best I’ve tasted in 26 years...”. A wet 2014 provided ample reserves for the vines to develop happily through the warm and dry summer leading to early, but full ripeness and beautifully balanced wines.

The fruit for this wine comes from a single vineyard, mountainside site on the Gabriëlskloof property. The soil is a combination of Overberg Shale and Table Mountain Sandstone, with this complexity transferred into the wine through a lovely mix of fruit and spice. The vineyard is 15 years old, and this maturity shows in the depth and character of the wine.

The fruit was hand-picked into small crates and transferred directly into their cool room where it remained overnight. 90% of the crop was destemmed with the remaining 10% left as whole clusters. The wine was fermented wild and aged in 500L barrels for 18 months, with 30% new French Oak used.

The wine is unmistakably Cabernet Franc, with notes of tobacco leaf, bell pepper and plum leading into an elegant, refined palate with fine tannins and just enough grip to balance the concentrated red fruit.

£27.15

Gabrielskloof Cabernet Franc 2016 (1x75cl)

The Landscape Series of wines is an authentic representation of Gabrielskloof's top vineyards, as well as a few old vine treasures. They wanted the labels to reflect this and decided to commission local artist and friend Niël Jonker to capture the spirit of the Overberg landscapes. 

The 2015 vintage led to early proclamations that it is a Cape classic, and the wines are certainly backing this up. In his fourth annual guide to South African wines, award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine Tim Atkin says the 2015 vintage is “the best I’ve tasted in 26 years...”. A wet 2014 provided ample reserves for the vines to develop happily through the warm and dry summer leading to early, but full ripeness and beautifully balanced wines.

The fruit for this wine comes from a single vineyard, mountainside site on the Gabriëlskloof property. The soil is a combination of Overberg Shale and Table Mountain Sandstone, with this complexity transferred into the wine through a lovely mix of fruit and spice. The vineyard is 15 years old, and this maturity shows in the depth and character of the wine.

The fruit was hand-picked into small crates and transferred directly into their cool room where it remained overnight. 90% of the crop was destemmed with the remaining 10% left as whole clusters. The wine was fermented wild and aged in 500L barrels for 18 months, with 30% new French Oak used.

The wine is unmistakably Cabernet Franc, with notes of tobacco leaf, bell pepper and plum leading into an elegant, refined palate with fine tannins and just enough grip to balance the concentrated red fruit.

£27.35

Goats Do Roam `The Goatfather` 2015 (1x75cl)

Charles Back, the owner of Fairview, is also the man behind Goats do Roam, which was launched in 1999. Goats do Roam is rare in that it is an amusing and original proposition allied to wines of good quality and value for money. Normally, these 'concept' wines put more money into marketing than into quality but, characteristically, Charles has done the opposite. The fruit for Goats is sourced primarily from Paarl, Malmesbury and Paardeberg. The 'legend' goes that some errant members of Fairview's long established goat herd, supplier of milk for Fairview's internationally award-winning cheeses, escaped one afternoon from their paddock into the Fairview vineyards when Charles Back's young son Jason accidentally left the paddock gate open. The little group happily roamed among the vineyards, showing rare discernment by selecting some of the ripest berries from some of the choicest vines. Their selection serves as the inspiration for the blends of these wines.

This is a blend of four different grapes sourced from various producing areas and selected for their varietal characteristics which together make for a vibrant, supple wine with smooth tannins. It is comprised of Barbera from Paarl and Swartland, Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch, Sangiovese from Darling and Nebbiolo from Paarl.

After being de-stalked and lightly crushed, the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks. After malolactic fermentation the various components were sent to 225l barrels for 16 months. The wine was matured in a selection of French and American oak, mainly 2nd to 4th fill. The components were kept separate for maturation and then blended to achieve the style that "Don Goatti" (aka the winemaker) is looking for. The wine was lightly filtered before bottling.

We feel the winemakers for the Goatfather sum this wine up perfectly: "We’re gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse. This Italian blend of Don Goatti’s personal selection comprises of Sangiovese, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo, culminating in a medium-bodied wine with an unmistakable Mediterranean flair." The wine has a bright red colour with aromas of red cherries and vanilla as well as hints of spice. The flavours are also based on rich red fruit. This wine goes well with creamy pasta dishes, tomato-based braised meats and, lasagne.

£11.45

Goats Do Roam Red 2017 (1x75cl)

Charles Back, the owner of Fairview, is also the man behind Goats do Roam, which was launched in 1999. Goats do Roam is rare in that it is an amusing and original proposition allied to wines of good quality and value for money. Normally, these 'concept' wines put more money into marketing than into quality but, characteristically, Charles has done the opposite. The fruit for Goats is sourced primarily from Paarl, Malmesbury and Paardeberg. The 'legend' goes that some errant members of Fairview's long established goat herd, supplier of milk for Fairview's internationally award-winning cheeses, escaped one afternoon from their paddock into the Fairview vineyards when Charles Back's young son Jason accidentally left the paddock gate open. The little group happily roamed among the vineyards, showing rare discernment by selecting some of the ripest berries from some of the choicest vines. Their selection serves as the inspiration for the blends of these wines.

The Shiraz was harvested from trellised vineyards in Paarl and Stellenbosch. The Cinsaut is from bush vines in Paarl and Piekenierskloof. The Mourvèdre is primarily from dryland bush vines in the Swartland, with a small percentage from vineyards in Stellenbosch. The juicy Grenache noir is from Piekenierskloof and from their vineyard in Paarl. The Petite Sirah, also known as Durif, is from decomposed granite soils grown in the trellised Paarl vineyards. The Carignan is from older dry land bush vines in the Swartland. 

The grapes were destalked and lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks. Each grape variety and vineyard was fermented separately. After alcoholic fermentation the wines were racked to tanks and barrels for malolactic fermentation followed by maturation in both tanks and barrels prior to blending.

The Goats Do Roam red has a deep garnet colour in the glass. There are aromas of wild berries, plums, dark red cherries and hints of cinnamon spice. It is medium bodied with silky juicy tannins and subtle spice on the palate. It has a delightful, lingering aftertaste. A wine that goes with any occasion!

£9.80

Journeys End The Pastors Blend Cabernet Merlot 2016 (1x75cl)

Among the long rolling south-facing slopes of the Stellenbosch winelands, caressed by cool coastal breezes, lies the boutique winery and vineyard, Journey’s End. With only a handful of premium, hand-crafted wines produced here, the focus is very much on quality. In 1995 the Gabb family (originally from Shropshire, UK) took control of this picturesque wine farm surrounded by 20 ha of gorgeous vineyards. They have invested heavily in both the vineyards and the winery since then – with the estate growing to 120 ha by July 2011. The family’s philosophy is one of minimum intervention. The aim of which is to create top-quality, single-vineyard and appellation wines that intricately integrate the tension between remaining true to the terroir, and finding their own unique expression of it.

The Gabb family invest in the community by helping the local church and working closely with the Pastors.

The grapes were handpicked early in the morning and stored in the cold room overnight. They were hand sorted and destemmed before being pumped into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The grapes underwent a 72-hour cold soak before the temperature was lifted to stimulate fermentation and the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc juice was separately inoculated. The fermentation lasted 12 days. A one week extended maceration ensured suitable extraction of tannins giving the wine structure. All cultivars were matured separately and then subjected to a 14 month barrelling period (second and third fill French oak barrels) before being blended, fined, stabilized and bottled.

This old World style red blend displays rich dark red fruit aromas including blackcurrant and ripe cherries. These aromas are also experienced on the palate and are accompanied by sweet tobacco and Christmas cake characters. This wine has a well-integrated tannic structure showing elegance and lengthy finish.

£12.40

Ken Forrester Merlot Reserve Pat's Garden 2015 (1x75cl)

The Forrester easy-drinking, Reserve-level Merlot. Supremely quaffable and likeable. 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc.
 
Hand harvested in individual parcels and selected for quality to get the ripest possible, balanced Merlot from the best soils, influenced by the cool SE wind during the ripening season.
 
The wine was matured in selected French oak barrels for 12 months and blended with a small fraction of Cabernet Franc for structure and complexity prior to bottling. 
 
Black fruit flavoirs all the way. Hints of cherries and mint with meat-spice and smoky undertones. Softly rounded and accessible wine with balanced tannins for early drinking.

 

£12.40

Ken Forrester The Gypsy Shiraz Grenache 2014 (1x75cl)

The Forrester red equivalent of the iconic FMC Chenin: a stunning New World, red Rhone blend. 65% Grenache, 35% Syrah: a hand-picked selection of the finest and ripest fruit.

Cool-soaked prior to fermentation, then taken to new French oak barrels for 12 months. At this point a further selection takes place before blending and the final blend goes back to new barrels to marry and harmonise over the following 12 months. After almost 2 years languishing in a cool cellar the Gypsy is stable with the oak and intense fruit totally harmonised. A very concentrated, focussed blend, with layers of deep fruit.

The character is somewhat 'wild' a little brambly with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, dark spices, with vanilla scents and a distinct, concentrated red-fruit focus. Great for laying down and keeping for at least ten years but already rewarding if allowed to breathe in a decanter.

£27.35

Ken Forrester The Renegade Shiraz Grenache 2014 (1x75cl)

This elegant blend (our 10th vintage) displays Old World Style with New World fruit. Hint of Grenache's earthy rustic charm and Shiraz's noble spice with hints of nutmeg and salty black olive on the finish. Balanced with soft integrated tannins.

£11.75
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