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.
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 2015 Chocolate Block is a blend of Syrah (71%), Grenache Noir (15%), Cabernet Sauvignon (8%), Cinsault (5%) and Viognier (1%). This vintage is unique in the sense that all the grapes for this blend are now grown in the Swartland, hence its wine of origin certification. Grenache Noir always softens a blend, adding to the flavour profile and not necessarily enhancing the structure as such. With enough structure from the Syrah, they added a bit more Grenache than previous years. The Grenache was matured in 600L barrels to retain its unmistakable fruity aromas and vibrancy. The wine matures in 1st (all of the Cabernet Sauvignon), 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels (eight 2500L French oak foudres) for 16 months before it undergoes a light egg-white fining and filtration. 1 675 barriques were selected for our 2015 vintage.
The nose is exceptionally intense and complex with red berry fruit juxtaposed against a dark, brooding fruit compote and Swartland violets. The nose exudes aromas of raspberry, mulberry, blackberry, damson, dark chocolate and liquorice with whiffs of cloves, nutmeg and orange rind. The wine has a soft, smooth entry, a rich mid-palate and the abundance of red and black berry fruit on the nose follows through with balanced acidity and svelte cocoa powdery tannins. The Porseleinberg fruit certainly makes an impact to the blend, lending structure and a piercing yet lifted perfume. The wine has a long, lingering finish reminiscent of Swiss dark hazelnut chocolate.
It's on our Christmas List because... it's a flavour-packed, New World superclassic (so good, it's the only survivor from last year's Christmas list). "Sumptuous" is definitely the word here. It's much beloved, The Chocolate Block, of the "luxury retailers", but this is the best price on this vintage anywhere in the UK. A slightly-more-affordable alternative South African superblend - The Work of Time - from the excellent Springfield winery - also appears at the foot of the page.
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.
De Waal Wines, situated on Uiterwyk Estate in the cool Stellenbosch Kloof Valley, has been a De Waal family concern since 1864.
Owned by Pieter de Waal, this historic family legacy boasts nine generations of passionate winemakers, entirely focused on delighting their patrons by offering exceptional wines. The wines combine elegant Old World finesse and abundant New World fruit. De Waal's mature vineyards offer grapes that produce deep, rich wines renowned for their consistent quality and enjoyment.
De Waal is renowned for the classic style of its Pinotage wines, the only indigenous South African grape variety. CT de Waal, a member of this family, was the first person to make wine from Pinotage grapes in 1941. Uiterwyk is also the home of Top of the Hill Pinotage, made from the oldest Pinotage vines in the world.
The grapes for this wine are picked from those 66 years old vines that are the oldest Pinotage vines in South Africa. The vineyard is situated on warm north facing slopes. The wine is allowed to mature for 18 months in new French Barriques. The wine is strictly limited in availability and only 3000 bottles of the 2013 vintage were ever made.
Beautiful plum and spice flavours with dark fruit, rich on middle palate, with a smooth and lingering finish. This wine has the potential to age for up to 16 years from vintage.
This wine is fantastic for food pairing to any venison dish and hearty red meats including dishes such as Beef Bourguignon.
This is a velvety soft wine with flavours of creamy blackberries. Extremely easy to drink and a good partner to the Young Vines Sauvignon Blanc.
De Waal Wines, situated on Uiterwyk Estate in the cool Stellenbosch Kloof Valley, has been a De Waal family concern since 1864. Owned by Pieter de Waal, this historic family legacy boasts nine generations of passionate winemakers, entirely focused on delighting their patrons by offering exceptional wines. The wines combine elegant Old World finesse and abundant New World fruit. De Waal's mature vineyards offer grapes that produce deep, rich wines fondly recalled for their consistent quality and enjoyment.
Although presented under the Young Vines range, these vineyards are between 13 - 15 years old, producing wonderful fruit.
The fermentation and maceration of this wine takes place over 14 days before being aged in older french oak barrels for 3 months before bottling.
This is a lovely, fruit-driven wine, with subtle oak. It has white pepper and spicy flavours with mocha undertones. Rich black cherry fruit flavours on the middle palate then continue to a smooth, round finish.
This wine is great to enjoy on its own or with pizza and lasagne / pasta dishes. This wine is very popular in summer, when served chilled.
This concentrated wine with spicy flavours is an ideal partner to both contemporary and classic cuisine.
Bright ruby red colour. Cranberries, violets and plum aromas with a hint of vanilla. Elegant flavours of fresh red fruit and clove spice with a firm tannin finish.
Dense ruby in colour with prunes and Christmas cake aromas on the nose. The palate is well-balanced, full of spice and mixed dried fruit followed by richly sweet, fortified flavours.
This is a beautifully smooth Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe dark berry fruit, sweet spice and well balanced tannins.
Aromas of bright red cherries and cassis with perfumed hints of lavender spices. An elegant medium-bodied palate with fresh acidity. Subtle oaking emphasises the fruit flavours, with a lingering finish.