The wine has a pale lemon yellow colour and a bouquet reminiscent of green figs with hints of gooseberries and an intrusion of green peppers. The wine is dry, full bodied and has a long lingering finish.
This is a refreshing, mouth-watering wine. Its modern style will suit a number of people who enjoy Sauvignon Blanc.
An unwooded dry white, perfect with light fish or chicken dishes.Enjoy this wine with a honey-glazed chicken salad that combines crisp granny smith apples with pecan nuts. You cannot go wrong with Dusty Road Chardonnay as is a light style of wine that matches well to any chicken or indeed seafood dishes. Its also a rather good match for Smoked Salmon!
This crisp, dry white with tropical fruit flavours is best enjoyed as an aperitif or with light meals. It is best enjoyed as an aperitif or with light meals.
Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their February 2018 edition article 30 Great New World Buys under £30 (see blue link below).
Brian and Marion Smith sold their successful London IT business to pursue their dreams of making outstanding wines in small quantities. After much searching they found the perfect setting to fulfill their ambition in the Elgin Valley of South Africa. The vineyards are certified as organic and biodynamic. Maddox the Percheron horse helps with weed control as do the ducks that run through the vines eating any weeds that Maddox has ploughed up!
"Chaos White is the expression of the fruit for which cool climate Elgin wines are known, paired with winemaking techniques - stepping away from the norm - to showcase the versatility of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon." says Elgin's winemaker Kosie
Please note that this wine is presented in a 50cl bottle.
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 varietie, and leads the field in South Africa in matching varieties to specific sites. The Fairview estate now has a total of 680 hectares of vineyard over four appellations: Paarl (350 hectares), Swartland (155 hectares), Darling (140 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. In 2014, Charles received a lifetime achievement award from the International Wine Challenge.
The fruit is sourced from the vineyards at Fairview farm in Agter-Paarl. These trellised Fairview vines are grown on the slopes of Paarl mountain, on decomposed granite soils.
The grapes were hand-picked in the early morning and whole bunch pressed. Only the free run juice was used. 60% of the Viognier was fermented in stainless steel tanks and 40% was fermented in French oak barrels (20% new). After fermentation, the wine was left sur lie for four months, with regular stirring.
Bright light green colour in the glass with powerful stone fruit and honeysuckle aromas, followed by a full bodied palate with spice and lingering fruit flavours.
Juice from the first natural crushing of the grapes. Refreshingly herbaceous with zesty green pepper, passion fruit, fig and lime flavours.
The 2015 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2017 edition review of Old-vine South Africa.
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 climate is cool with maritime influences coming from Walker Bay. The vineyards are farmed sustainably with the aim to move to organic farming in the future.
The two vineryards used to make this wine are situated in the Paardeberg region of the Swartland. Both are estimated to be over 35 years old. They are dryland bush vine vineyards and have never been irrigated. These vineyards are very labour intensive to farm and, as a result of the arid conditions, yield little fruit (between one and three tonnes per hecatre). South Africa is the only New World country that has significant plantings of old-vine Chenin Blanc and Elodie is an expression of what can be made from this national treasure.
2016 was a very dry vintage, which led to a smaller crop but the vines were healthy vines and produced concentrated fruit.
The grapes were whole bunch pressed with no additions. After an overnight rough settling in tank, the juice was transfered to 400 and 500 litre old French oak barrels, followed by fermentation with wild yeasts only. The wine remained in oak for nine months before bottling.
The 2016 Elodie is light and pale in colour with a golden straw hue. On the nose, subtle aromas of citrus pith and white floral notes settle into layers of almond, dried pineapple and lanolin. The palate is restrained with a viscous, waxy mouthfeel and great natural acidity and freshness typical of old vine Chenin.
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 fruit for this wine was mainly sourced from eight-year-old vineyards on the slopes of Paarl Mountain where Charles Back has been growing Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc for several years. Soils here are decomposed granite. A small portion of Grenache Blanc and Viognier was sourced from the vineyards in Darling and the Swartland respectively. All grapes are 100% Fairtrade.
The Viognier, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc grapes were de-stemmed, crushed and gently pressed. Only free run juice was used and the vineyard parcels were kept separate. The juice was cold fermented in stainless steel tanks and the individual components were left on their lees for six months prior to blending and bottling.
Bright and clear with flashes of green. This is a medium bodied wine with aromas of apricots, pear and white blossom on the nose. Lingering citrus flavours on the palate are complemented with a zesty acidity.
Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2017 edition review of Natural Wines (see blue link below).
We have been on a mission to find out about Harry and his washing line but it would seem he is a man of mystery and has eluded us for the moment! We can however tell you about the delicious wine named after him.
Intellego Wines focus on making terroir driven wines from the Swartland with a very hands on approach in the winery and vineyards. The wines of Intellego are made using organic methods but do not yet carry an official organic certification. Jurgen Gouws, the winemaker at Intellego, has worked in many countries including Spain, France, New Zealand, Russia and South Africa. Since January 2015 he has concentrated on producing and renting vineyards for his winemaking venture at Intellego in Swartland, South Africa.
The grapes for The Story of Harry Chenin Blanc are harvested manually and the grape must is then fermented by malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels using only indigenous yeasts. This gives the wine a soft, rounded and rich, almost buttery flavour. The wine is then matured in old French oak for seven months before being bottled with no filtration or fining.
The Forrester, mid-rank (which does it no justice), Reserve-level Chenin and amazing value from the King of Chenin.
Hand harvested, with careful selection from low trellis and old bush vines.
Barrel and tank fermented and left on the lees (9 months in French oak, 20% of which was new) and matured on secondary lees for a rounded complexity.
Golden hued and full bodied, with melon and spicy baked apple aromas. Layered, with mineral notes enhanced by honeycomb and caramel flavours from lees contact. This wine is a great example of the harmonious balance which can be achieved between fruit and delicate oak/vanilla flavours, as they combine to form complex, soft flavours with sufficient body to enhance even spicy and full flavoured meals.
Can be served with varied spicy dishes, full flavoured fish or chicken dishes. Ideal with crayfish, prawns.A true benchmark for relaxed enjoyment
Without the efforts of men like Ken Forrester, South African Chenin Blanc might be scarcely more than a footnote to the country’s recent winemaking history – a workhorse grape responsible for vast amounts of forgettably bland white wine. But this Zambia-born former restaurateur saw beyond the grape’s obvious quaffability, placing it firmly at the centre of his resurrection of the historic Scholtzenhof farm on the slopes of Stellenbosch’s Helderberg mountain in the early 1990s. Twenty years on, Ken is known as ‘Mr Chenin’. When not revolutionising the South African wine industry, Ken remains a staunch family man, also surrounded by a veritable menagerie of several dogs, horses, stable cats, geese, owls and guineafowl.
This is a youthful fresh wine with quince and pear drop flavours. There is real freshness showing on the palate with crunchy green apple and grapefruit flavours. Good mouthfeel and appetisingly tangy finish.
Goes well with lighter foods such as salads or chicken and fish.
The 2014 vintage was awarded 95 points and rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2016 edition review of South African Chenin Blanc (see blue link below). The 2016 vintage has simply not been reviewed yet!
The pinnacle of what we consider to be the finest expression of the grapes of this varietal, an icon Chenin and a challenge to the world! Rich, layered with dried apricot, vanilla and honey. Will gain additional complexity with cellaring.
We like this because it's amazing. Full stop, period, end of. See our Ken Forrester tasting blog for details.
The 2014 vintage was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2017 edition review of South African Chardonnay (see blue link below).
Samantha O'Keefe left California with dreams of starting a family and finding paradise. Tucked into the foothills of a dramatic mountain range at the bottom of Africa, Lismore Estate Vineyards was born alongside her nascent family. A passionate vision, combined with vines planted at 300 metres, which are chilled by winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun, produces classic, cool climate wines which are rich, complex and lovingly hand crafted.
A very wet spring was followed by a generally cool, wet growing season that resulted in a late-running harvest. The whites were harvested under good conditions.
The Overberg region is rapidly earning a reputation for premium, cool climate grapes. Lismore is the only registered wine estate in the Greyton ward. Greyton is a designated ward, in recognition of the unique expression of terroir in the wines that are produced there. The Lismore Estate has a total of 12.5 hectares of vineyard, planted on slopes at the base of the Riviersonderend Mountain Range. The combination of elevation and climate make for an extended ripening period, which is approximately three to four weeks later than the more traditional wine growing areas in the Western Cape.
The grapes were whole-bunched-pressed, barrel fermented and aged for 11 months in older French barrels of 225 to 300 litres. The wine went through regular "bâtonnage" (or stirring of the lees), which imparted texture and weight. Winemaker Samantha O'Keefe did not allow malolactic fermentation to take place and as a result the wine has a fresh acidity.
A complex, expressive bouquet with touches of smoke and walnut infusing the citrus fruit and a hint of toffee just underneath. The palate is lively and ripe on the entry with apricot, mandarin, orange zest and white peach. It is long in the mouth with a fine, walnut inspired finish.
Full-bodied but beautifully balanced, this wine shows ripe green fig and gooseberry characters with a mixture of tropical fruit like melon and pineapple.