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Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (1x75cl)

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.
 

£10.90

Cloof Wine Estate Dusty Road Chenin Blanc 2015 (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 Chenin Blanc 2015 - fiche technique

£7.35

Fairview Viognier 2016 (1x75cl)

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.

£13.55

Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (1x 75cl)

Juice from the first natural crushing of the grapes. Refreshingly herbaceous with zesty green pepper, passion fruit, fig and lime flavours.

£11.65

Goats Do Roam White 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.

2017 was another hot vintage.  April and May were very dry, but winter brought welcome rainfall. Warmer weather in August contributed to an early, even bud burst. October and November were characterised by cool nights and warm days, which were perfect for flowering and berry set. The generally dry vintage resulted in very healthy grapes with no disease or rot. Harvest started early with the Viognier grapes being picked from the 23rd January.

The Viognier, Roussanne and some of the Grenache Blanc for this blend was sourced from the Fairview farm on the slopes of Paarl Mountain, grown on decomposed granite soils. The majority of the Grenache blanc is sourced from our vineyards in Darling. The Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chenin Blanc grapes were picked between 22 and 23.5°Brix.

Next, the fruit was destalked and crushed and then 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 prior to blending and bottling.

The Goats Do Roam White is a vibrant light green colour in the glass. There are complex aromas of lemon, peach, pear and floral notes. The palate is medium bodied with stone fruit and citrus flavours, with fresh lingering acidity. A lovely pairing with cream-based seafood and pasta dishes.

£9.85

Intellego The Story of Harry Chenin Blanc 2017 (6x75cl)

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).

The Story of Harry 2016 - May 2017 Decanter review

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. 

£136.75

Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Reserve 2017 (1x75cl)

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

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

£11.75

Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin 2017 (1x75cl)

The 2014 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2016 edition review of South African Chenin Blanc (see blue link below).

Ken Forrester FMC CB 2014 - Nov 2016 Decanter review

The 2015 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2018 edition expert review of South African old-vine Chenin Blanc (see blue link below).

Ken Forrester The FMC Chenin 2016 - August 2018 Decanter review

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.

£26.95

Lismore Estate Cape South Coast Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (1x75cl)

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.

2015 was considered as one of the best years for white wine production in South Africa, producing berries of excellent quality. The 2015 wines show great purity of fruit, freshness and elegance. Vineyard The Overberg region is rapidly earning a reputation for premium, cool climate grapes. Lismore's 12.5 hectare vineyard is planted at 300 metres above sea level, in the foothills of the Riviersonderend Mountain Range. It is planted with Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. 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 harvested at optimum maturity. The must was barrel fermented and then aged for 11 months in older 300 litre barrels. Occasional bâtonnage took place with extended lees contact, adding complexity and texture to the resulting wine.

This barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc has an attractive, complex bouquet with lovely light white peach and herbaceous scents. The palate is well-balanced with a spicy, almost petrolly opening. There is an attractive hazelnut seam and a complex, driven finish. A true expression of this unique terroir and its equally unique winemaker.

Wonderful with a rich creamy risotto.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£18.05

Lismore Estate Greyton Chardonnay 2016 (1x75cl)

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).

Lismore Greyton 2014 - April 2017 Decanter review

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.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£20.60

Lismore Estate The Age of Grace Cape South Coast Viognier 2017 (1x75cl)

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.

While 2016 presented the third year of drought for most regions of South Africa, the Overberg received sufficient rainfall to produce a harvest with average yields and an above average quality. The Greyton region saw a long ripening season with very little stress in the vineyards, resulting in excellent quality fruit.

This Viognier is a reflection of Samantha's obsession with how the special soil, climate and a mysterious sense of place come together to produce an extraordinary wine that tells you its story. The vines are grown on rose-quartz soils in Elgin, which is a cool, high altitude plateau. The region offers a lengthened ripening period which brings the grapes late into season - often three to four weeks later than traditional wine growing areas in South Africa. This provides the opportunity to develop deep complexity and concentration.

The grapes were picked and whole bunch pressed, slowly extracting the juice at a rate of 550 litres per tonne. The juice was settled for 48 hours and was racked into 225 litre Burgundian barrels, which had been used previously, for barrel fermentation and maturation. The wine was left on the lees for nine months with regular "bâttonage" or lees stirring, for the first two months. Balance is the key to this wine. Viognier is an aromatic and generous varietal, it benefits from barrel maturation and lees contact with a fuller mouth feel and increased texture. This, combined with the firm acid backbone and intense fruit will allow this wine to integrate beautifully and gain further complexity over the next three to five years.

This expressive Viognier seduces you with the beautiful perfume of honeysuckle and orange blossom and a textured palate of apricot, kiwi and pineapple. A sensual and exotic experience.

Serve with Asian inspired cuisine; lamb tagines with apricots; or rich shellfish dishes such as seared scallops or grilled lobster.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£18.05

Mooiplaas - The Mercia Collection - "Houmoed" Chenin Blanc 2013 (1x 75cl)

 The Houmoed Chenin Blanc shows bee’s wax/dried peach on the nose, along with almonds & marzipan from the barrels, good weight on the palate with some minerality and a long finish. Fruit and oak well balanced, a big wine with the typical mouth feel of ripe Chenin.

Pair with Seafood bisque, roasted line fish, grilled lobster, roast and grilled poultry.

£15.45

Spier Signature Chenin Blanc 2018 (1x75cl)

Established in 1692, Spier is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, with a fascinating history and a legacy that the owners never take for granted. Today the farm has a modern, conscious energy. Spier is one of 39 WWF Conservation Champions, is organically certified and follows the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) criteria. Spier is still family run. It’s owned and managed by the family who bought the farm in 1993. Spier has a passion for the environment and for supporting the community, buying from and supporting local producers.

100% Chenin Blanc.

Grapes were hand harvested from selected vineyard blocks that vary from bush vine to trellised vines. Grapes received at the cellar were de-stemmed, slightly crushed before pressing and given brief skin contact. Free run juice settled in the tanks overnight and the following morning, the clear settled juice, of the individual block selections (some kept separate and some blended) were racked from their lees and inoculated with selected yeast strains. Fermentation is temperature controlled. Only the best tanks are selected for the final preparation of the blend according to the style of the wine. Maturation occurred on the fine lees for another three months to give extra body and elegance, prior preparation for bottling. The wine was not oaked.

Pale gold colour with fresh lime green flashes around the edge. Tastes of green-apple, ripe white-fleshed nectarine. Fresh, zippy, ripe fruited, sliced pear, undertow of honey with a limesquirt ending.

£8.95

Springfield Estate Life From Stone Sauvignon Blanc 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.

Life from Stone derives its name from the incredibly rocky soils in which it is grown. Every year the vineyard battles against nature in order to produce highly concentrated, powerful wines with a flinty, mineral character true to the quartz rock in which it is grown. Monumental human effort was required to plant the vines – implements destroyed, and, in the case of the older vineyards, dynamite deployed. A true expression of the site’s terroir, this wine will drink well now, or can be enjoyed in the next 2-3 years.

The grapes were harvested at night in February. They then underwent a 21 day fermentation before spending 100 days on the primary lees. All racking was done under CO2 to preserve the quality of the wine which was stabilised at -3ºC for 2-3 weeks before fining with Bentonite took place. After this the wine was bottled with just a light filtration.

This is an intense, stony, minerally Sauvignon with lime, gooseberry, freshly cut green pepper and passion fruit notes. Its character is zippy, zesty and mouth-watering.

£13.00

Springfield Estate Wild Yeast Chardonnay 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.

True to its moniker, the Wild Yeast Chardonnay is fermented using the native, wild yeasts that occur naturally on the skins of the grapes. Unwooded, it is fermented in underground cement tanks in a slow, volatile process that can take anywhere between 6 – 9 months. This method, although risky, results in incredibly expressive wine with a wisdom that is unattainable in wines made using commercial yeasts. Can be enjoyed for the next 3- 4 years.

The grapes were harvested at night in February.  Then tank fermentation took place using only native yeast for 60 days.  Malolactic fermentation was also allowed to occur naturally.  The wine went on to spend just over a year on its lees and was fined using Bentonite before bottling.

This fresh white wine has enticing flavours of pineapple and pear drops. It is deliciously complex in style.

£15.00
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