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Gabrielskloof Landscape Series Cabernet Franc 2017 (1x75cl)

Gabriëlskloof is a beautiful wine estate located near Bot River in the Overberg region east of Cape Town. It was purchased in 2001 by Bernhard Heyns, who had been on the lookout for the ideal place to plant vines. After planting, his first vintage was in 2009. We felt compelled to add Gabriëlskloof to our list because Peter-Allan Finlayson, Bernhard’s son-in-law, took over as winemaker from the 2015 vintage. The farm has 300 hectares, with 68 hectares planted to vines. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with the aim to move to organic farming in the future.

Gabriëlskloof winery is in the Bot River ward, where prevailing southerly winds from the nearby Atlantic Ocean create a mesoclimate perfectly suited to low-yielding vineyards. The farm and vineyards were established in 2000, with the first vintage made in the cellar in 2009. Gabriëlskloof strives to farm as sustainably as possible, and was recently awarded Championship status for BWI (Biodiversity in wine). There are a variety of different soils on the farm, with the Cabernet Franc being planted on a combination of Bokkeveld Shale and Table Mountain Sandstone.

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

Deep ruby red in colour, this wine has aromas of cherry, blackcurrant and strawberry, with an earthy minerality and hints of tobacco leaf and cedar. This is a medium bodied wine with fine, integrated tannins and long finish.

ABV = 14.0%.

£27.50

Goats Do Roam Red 2019 (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 100% Fairtrade multi-varietal blend comes from vineyards across South Africa's Western Cape. The Shiraz is soucred from trellised vineyards in the Paarl, Stellenbosch and Swartland regions, the Grenache from Piekenierskloof, Paarl and Swartland, the Carignan and Mourvèdre primarily from dryland bushvines in the Swartland and the Petite Sirah from the decomposed granite soils of Paarl.

The 2018 vintage was the third year in the current drought cycle in the region. During the 2017 winter there was below average rainfall followed by a mild spring and hot summer. The grape crop was healthy, but smaller than average and the grapes and bunches were smaller in size resulting in very concentrated juice and wine.

The grapes were destalked and lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks, with each grape variety fermented separately. The must was inoculated with Rhône yeasts and pump-overs were done up to four times a day during fermentation. After alcoholic fermentation, the wines were racked to tanks and barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was then matured in both tanks and barrels prior to blending, stabilization and bottling.

59% Syrah/Shiraz, 16% Grenache/Garnacha, 14% Mourvèdre, 7% Petite Sirah, 2% Tempranillo, 2% Cinsault.

Bright ruby in colour, this wine shows blackcurrant, plum and spice on the nose. Medium bodied with firm tannins, the youthful palate has generous berry fruit and hints of vanilla spice from the oak.

ABV = 13.5%.

£10.20

Journeys End The Pastors Blend Cabernet Merlot 2018 (1x75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2020 edition expert tasting of Global Bordeaux blends (see blue link below).

Journeys End The Pastors Blend Cabernet Merlot 2018 - April 2020 Decanter review

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 wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 29% and Cabernet Franc 11%.

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.

ABV = 13.5%.

£13.40

Ken Forrester (Pats Garden) Merlot Reserve 2017 (1x75cl)

Click here for a one-minute intro video to - and tasting note for - the (Pat's Garden) Merlot Reserve from Ken Forrester himself (in classic Ken fashion).

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, Ken Forrester's vineyards are commonly referred to as the home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years, this range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades. The wines are broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.

The Forrester easy-drinking, Reserve-level Merlot. Supremely quaffable and likeable. 

91% Merlot, 9% 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. Best served with meat dishes, grills and roast lamb.

See also our Ken Forrester tasting blog for details of this wine in action.

ABV = 14.0%.

£13.50

Ken Forrester The Gypsy Shiraz Grenache 2015 (1x75cl)

Click here for a one-minute intro video to - and tasting note for - The Gypsy from Ken Forrester himself (in classic Ken fashion).

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, Ken Forrester's vineyards are commonly referred to as the home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years, this range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades. The wines are broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.

This is the Forrester red equivalent of the iconic FMC Chenin: a stunning New World, red Rhone blend.

63% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, being 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.

See also our Ken Forrester tasting blog for details of this wine in action.

ABV = 14.5%.

£29.55

Ken Forrester The Renegade Shiraz Grenache 2014 (1x75cl)

Click here for a one-minute intro video to - and tasting note for - the Renegade from Ken Forrester himself (in classic Ken fashion).

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, Ken Forrester's vineyards are commonly referred to as the home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years, this range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades. The wines are broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.

One of the very first Rhône style blends in South Africa. 

57% Shiraz, 6% Mourvedre, 37% Grenache. 

From duplex soils, fine sandy loam on a clay base and fermented in open tanks with gentle extraction by pumping over and then pressed and racked into second- and third-fill French oak barrels for 18 months. This adds complexity and structure to the soft natural tannins.

This elegant Rhône blend displays Old World Style with New World fruit. Hint of Grenache’s earthy rusticity and Shiraz’s noble spice with hints of nutmeg and salty black olive on the finish. Balanced with soft integrated tannins.

See also our Ken Forrester tasting blog for details of this wine in action.

ABV = 14.0%. 

£12.00

Ken Forrester The Renegade Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2016 (1x75cl)

Click here for a one-minute intro video to - and tasting note for - the Renegade from Ken Forrester himself (in classic Ken fashion).

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, Ken Forrester's vineyards are commonly referred to as the home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years, this range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades. The wines are broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.

One of the very first Rhône-style blends in South Africa. 

37% Shiraz, 32% Grenache, 31% Mourvèdre. 

From duplex soils, fine sandy loam on a clay base and fermented in open tanks with gentle extraction by pumping over and then pressed and racked into second- and third-fill French oak barrels for 18 months. This adds complexity and structure to the soft natural tannins.

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from Ken.

Ken Forrester The Renegade Shiraz Grenache 2016 - fiche technique

This elegant Rhône blend displays Old World Style with New World fruit. Hint of Grenache’s earthy rusticity and Shiraz’s noble spice with hints of nutmeg and salty black olive on the finish. Balanced with soft integrated tannins.

See also our Ken Forrester tasting blog for details of this wine in action.

ABV = 14.5%.

£12.80

Ken Forrester Three Halves 2013 (1x75cl)

Click here for a one-minute intro video to - and tasting note for - the Three Halves from Ken Forrester himself (in classic Ken fashion).

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, Ken Forrester's vineyards are commonly referred to as the home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years, this range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades. The wines are broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.

What is Three Halves? And why?

Mourvèdre (earthy) with a splash of Grenache (fruity) here and a dash of Shiraz (spicy) there was blended to create this incredible wine. The overriding requirement being that the blend of the “three halves” has to be greater than the sum of the parts..

57% Mourvedre, 32% Shiraz, 11% Grenache. The Cape Region is specifically defined as a Mediterranean climate. These three grapes have stood the test of time in the Rhône and show fantastic results in Stellenbosch's ocean-influenced microclimate.

- From duplex soils, fine sandy loam on a clay base.

- A hand-picked selection of the best and ripest fruit, at a yield of 6-8 tons per hectare.

- Taken to the cellar and cool soaked prior to fermentation, then run to second-fill French oak barrels for 18 months.

Tasting note: see the video link above.

ABV = 14.5%.

£21.15

Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2020 edition expert tasting of Global Bordeaux blends (see blue link below).

Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2016 - April 2020 Decanter review

Founded in 1989, multi-award winning Mulderbosch Vineyards is one of South Africa’s foremost wine producers. As advocates to the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) code, they manage their vineyards limiting the use of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. They use a restrained approach in the cellar to produce distinctive and characterful wines that represent the Stellenbosch terroir. Chenin Blanc is the Cape’s signature variety and they have the largest planting of this variety in the world. In 1996, Mulderbosch was one of the very first producers in the Cape to ferment Chenin Blanc in barriques. The resultant wine garnered an avid following and Mulderbosch has since become synonymous with the variety. 

The Faithful Hound is a blend of five varieties; all are estate grown grapes except the Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon which come from neighbouring vineyards carefully chosen for their consistency and quality. All vines are trellised, using Vertical Shoot Positioning and moveable foliage wires. The basic geological structure is decomposed granite, with soils comprising varying levels of gravelly clay. Leaf removal at an early stage of the grape's life generally ensure the pyrazine or ‘green’ flavours often encountered in Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc are avoided. Moderate cropping levels of between eight to 12 tonnes provide the vines with a natural load that encourages slower accumulation of grape sugars and thus allows for riper flavours at lower Brix levels. Mechanical under vine weeding takes place as herbicides are no longer used at Mulderbosch.

2016 saw a hot and dry growing season, which reduced disease pressure in the vineyard and resulted in excellent concentration in the fruit.

The grapes were meticulously sorted prior to being destemmed. The fermentation process was initiated by naturally occurring yeast, and finished by a selected strain, added during the course of fermentation. Gentle extraction and long maceration time are the hallmarks of the winemaking style, followed by barrel maturation. The wine spent 16 months in French oak barriques, of which 30% were new and the remainder in 2nd- and 3rd-fill.

Cabernet Sauvignon 33%, Cabernet Franc 20%, Merlot 19%, Malbec 17% and Petit Verdot 11%.

Beautifully textured, the fleshy ripe fruit is balanced by an smoky, savoury character showing pronounced cassis, dried figs, dates together with hints of clove and chocolate. Classically styled, pronounced cassis is followed by dried figs, dates, hints of clove and notes of forest floor on this complex bouquet. Underpinned by serious structure, the fleshy ripe fruit finds balance with an earthy, savoury character. A poised and elegant wine. Perfect with grilled steak and charred tomato salsa. 

ABV = 13.5%.

£17.50

Springfield Estate Whole Berry Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (1x75cl)

Set in the heart of the mountain-ringed Robertson Valley in the Western Cape of South Africa, Springfield Estate is a family-run wine farm owned by ninth-generation descendants of French Huguenots, who went to South Africa from the Loire in 1688 with bundles of vines under their arms. The present generation to tend the rocky Springfield soils are brother-and-sister team Abrie and Jeanette Bruwer. The Springfield philosophy is to produce wine as naturally as possible. The winemaking process is kept direct and uncomplicated – the wine is left to make itself, as was done centuries ago. This allows for an honest expression of the estate’s terroir.

This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

To see an excellent information note and tasting sheet on this wine from the team at Springfield, please click on the blue link below.

Springfield Estate Whole Berry Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 - fiche technique

The 2017 vintage is full of juicy fruit – red plums, cherries and black berries, with notes of earth, cedar and tobacco to round it off. Tannins are velvety smooth and leave you with a mouthwatering finish. This traditional wine is unfiltered and unfined, which may deposit sediment and might require decanting.

ABV = 13.5%.

£14.95

Stark-Conde Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch 2017 (1x75cl)

** IMPORTANT: STOCK EXPECTED 7th-10th SEPTEMBER. **

** OTHER WINES ORDERED WITH THIS ONE WILL NECESSARILY HAVE TO WAIT FOR ITS ARRIVAL, UNLESS WE CAN SEND THOSE OTHER WINES WITHOUT ANY ADDITIONAL POSTAGE CHARGES (THIS TYPICALLY MEANS AN OVERALL ORDER OF 18 BOTTLES OR MORE). **

Awarded 96 points, top spot and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2020 edition article, South African Cabernet Sauvignon: 20 Wines to Buy (see blue link below).

 

Stark-Conde Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch 2017 - September 2020 Decanter review

"If you want to know what textbook Stellenbosch Cabernet tastes like - blended with 15% Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Malbec and Cabernet Franc, I'll grant you - this is a very good place to start. Focused, perfumed, balanced and very fine, this has wonderful freshness and elegance. Drink 2022-29. 94 points". Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019.

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Stark-Condé Wines is located in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch. It is a dramatic valley with steep changes in vineyard elevation from 150 to 600 metres making for a range of sites with distinct characteristics. At Stark-Condé, they stick to traditional winemaking methods: open tank fermentation meticulous sorting of grapes hand-punchdowns basket pressing and maturation in small French oak barrels.

The grapes for this wine are from 4 different Cabernet vineyards and their best Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot vineyards, all at a mix of different elevations. Although all are on the decomposed granite soils typical of the hillsides in Jonkershoek, the soil textures vary markedly and this, together with the differences in elevations and clones, gives a variety of different flavour profiles to the grapes.

2017 was warm and dry, thus producing very small berries with great concentration of flavour. The wines are boldly fruited and very plush with velvet-like tannins. 

The Cabernet Franc grapes were picked in late February, the Malbec early March, and the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and the Petit Verdot were harvested in mid-March. The grapes were picked into small lug boxes and cooled overnight to about 14 degrees before being hand-sorted and crushed into small open-top fermentation vats. After being cold-soaked for a couple of days, some of the musts were inoculated with a mix of domestic and imported Bordeaux yeast. About 40% underwent fermentation with the natural yeasts. The fermentations were hand punched-down every 4 hours for the first half of fermentation and every 6-8 hours until dry. At dryness, the wine was basket-pressed and racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation and barrel maturation. Only 300-litre French oak barrels were used, of which about 30% were new. Bottled without fining and with no filtration after 20 months barrel maturation.

For extra info, here's Stark-Condé's own data sheet/fiche technique (click link below).

Stark-Conde Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch 2017 - fiche technique

This wine is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Petite Sirah, 2% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc. 

Blackberry fruit aromas with tea-leaf and cedar notes. The palate is rich and polished with dark fruit and mocha flavours and a finely balanced acidity. Long finish with the fine tannins typical of a Jonkershoek Valley wine.

ABV = 14.0%.

** IMPORTANT: STOCK EXPECTED 7th-10th SEPTEMBER. **

£19.95

Stellar Organics Running Duck Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 (1x75cl)

The Running Duck range is made by Stellar Organics – the pioneer winery from Western South Africa. The wines are certified organic and have also been made according to 'Fair for Life' guidelines. This social & fair trade certification ensures that human rights are guaranteed at any stage of production, that workers enjoy good and fair working conditions and that smallholder farmers receive a fair price.

The brand is named after the Indian Runner ducks sent roaming into the vineyards to eat snails and other threats to the vines. This is natural pest control and allows the winery not to use pesticides and other harmful chemicals. No sulphur is added to this wine.

For this wine, see the blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Stellar Organics Running Duck Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 - fiche technique

100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

A pure expression of Cabernet Sauvignon, with bright blackcurrant fruit characters and a touch of fresh raspberry. Medium-bodied and silky smooth.

ABV = 13.0%.

£8.90

Flagstone The Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (1x75cl)

Cabernet can be made anywhere in the world. The reason this imperialistic grape variety is omnipresent is because it adapts well to different environments. It is an easy traveler that has spread from its recent origins in Bordeaux, France, to most arable corners of the globe. It is relatively easy to make a good Cabernet, but to make a great Cabernet requires brilliant vineyards, resolute dedication and meticulous practice. Of course, you first have to start with the right vineyards. Flagstone's Music Room Cabernet hails from three distinct vineyard blocks.

First, the real core is from an old block of Cabernet high up in the mountains above the hamlet of Ashton on the spectacular farm called Wildepaardekloof, which means “Wild Horse Valley”. The second block that gives the wine so much cassis fruit comes from the slopes of the Waaihoek Mountains between Tulbagh and Worchester high above the Breedekloof valley. The third block is found nestled in the cool, high-altitude climate of Elgin on the farm Glen Fruin and provides taut blackcurrant and mint flavours.

The resultant combined aromas and flavours of these spectacularly positioned vineyards are expressed in the final blend as complex, ripe, summer fruits like strawberry, cherry, and black-ripe young berry. This density of red berry flavours is framed by herbs like fennel, mint and fresh thyme. The bitter chocolate notes and hint of vanilla come from the barrels they use which are hand-coopered to very exacting specifications in a variety of small, family-owned cooperages in Bordeaux and Napa Valley. The tannins are almost creamy in texture. This is directly the result of the ancient, manual practice of gently hand-plunging the fermenting cap down. The serious palate weight is usually balanced by enough natural acidity to compliment intensely flavoured, rich food.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon. 

The Music Room has a deep, dense purple colour. On the nose summer fruits, cassis, fennel, mint, dark, bitter chocolate and the faintest hint of basil - all wrapped up in serious, warm toasty oak. The palate is all about chunky, chewy, magically integrated tannin. This rewarding mouth-feel is complemented by concentrated flavours of young berry, cassis, blueberry, wild mint and chocolate. A block-buster Cabernet that will live easily for 20 years from bottling if stored correctly.

ABV = 15.0%. 

£17.00

Flagstone The Music Room Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (1x75cl)

Cabernet can be made anywhere in the world. The reason this imperialistic grape variety is omnipresent is because it adapts well to different environments. It is an easy traveler that has spread from its recent origins in Bordeaux, France, to most arable corners of the globe. It is relatively easy to make a good Cabernet, but to make a great Cabernet requires brilliant vineyards, resolute dedication and meticulous practice. Of course, you first have to start with the right vineyards. Flagstone's Music Room Cabernet hails from three distinct vineyard blocks.

First, the real core is from an old block of Cabernet high up in the mountains above the hamlet of Ashton on the spectacular farm called Wildepaardekloof, which means “Wild Horse Valley”. The second block that gives the wine so much cassis fruit comes from the slopes of the Waaihoek Mountains between Tulbagh and Worchester high above the Breedekloof valley. The third block is found nestled in the cool, high-altitude climate of Elgin on the farm Glen Fruin and provides taut blackcurrant and mint flavours.

The resultant combined aromas and flavours of these spectacularly positioned vineyards are expressed in the final blend as complex, ripe, summer fruits like strawberry, cherry, and black-ripe young berry. This density of red berry flavours is framed by herbs like fennel, mint and fresh thyme. The bitter chocolate notes and hint of vanilla come from the barrels they use which are hand-coopered to very exacting specifications in a variety of small, family-owned cooperages in Bordeaux and Napa Valley. The tannins are almost creamy in texture. This is directly the result of the ancient, manual practice of gently hand-plunging the fermenting cap down. The serious palate weight is usually balanced by enough natural acidity to compliment intensely flavoured, rich food.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon. 

The Music Room has a deep, dense purple colour. On the nose summer fruits, cassis, fennel, mint, dark, bitter chocolate and the faintest hint of basil - all wrapped up in serious, warm toasty oak. The palate is all about chunky, chewy, magically integrated tannin. This rewarding mouth-feel is complemented by concentrated flavours of young berry, cassis, blueberry, wild mint and chocolate. A block-buster Cabernet that will live easily for 20 years from bottling if stored correctly.

ABV = 14.5%. 

£17.00

Stellar Organics Running Duck Shiraz 2019 (1x75cl)

The Running Duck range is made by Stellar Organics – the pioneer winery from Western South Africa. The wines are certified organic and have also been made according to 'Fair for Life' guidelines. This social & fair trade certification ensures that human rights are guaranteed at any stage of production, that workers enjoy good and fair working conditions and that smallholder farmers receive a fair price.

The brand is named after the Indian Runners duck sent roaming into the vineyards to eat snails and other threats to the vines. This is natural pest control and allows the winery not to use pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

For this wine, see the blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Stellar Organics Running Duck Shiraz 2019 - fiche technique

100% Shiraz.

This wine has blackberries, black pepper mixed with jasmine and spice on the nose, whilst the palate has flavours of stewed stone fruits, fruitcake and spices ending on a savoury note with a hint of white pepper and integrated tannins.

ABV = 13.0% (says the bottle, 13.5% appears on the tech sheet).

£8.60
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