Our 3 wine club selections for April are as follows:

Red 6 @ R596.00 containing 1 bottle each of:

Journey’s End Huntsman Shiraz/Mourvedre/Viognier 2015 – a medium bodied and well-balanced wine that never disappoints

Big Flower Merlot 2010 – although this is an older vintage, the tannins are still a bit grippy so it needs to breathe for about 1 hour. Rich, dense black fruit and a really sumptuous feel

Mia Shiraz 2014 by Stofberg Family Vineyards – there be more than dragons beyond the tunnel – some seriously good wine to be had. Oh-so-sleek plum and spice palate with no rough edges. Classy!

Eenzaamheid Cuvee 2014 – this wine has been on the market for about a year now and is really starting to settle down. Unfortunately the new vintage is ready & waiting in the wings, so stock up now.

Carl Everson Cape Blend 2014 – another winner from Breedekloof, this is a 1/3 split Cabernet Sauvignon/Pinotage/Shiraz. Deserves more time in bottle, so be patient. Brooding & spicy, a tantalising leathery note will develop with time.

Cape Rock Carignan 2016 – only 1300 bottles produced, this is the lightest wine of all coming in at 11.5% alc. A wine that really opens up over a day or 2, it’s best served slightly chilled. Sleek, silky feel showing vibrant red cherry fruit, some spice & herbaceous character.

White 6 @ R555.00 containing:

Journey’s End Chardonnay 2014 – single vineyard chardonnay. Fermentation started in tank (50% spontaneous fermentation) then racked to 300l barrels where 20% underwent malolactic fermentation. Matured for 9 months in 30% new barrels. Perfect balance between fresh vibrant fruit and softer, rounder, creamier oaked fruit.

Velo Blanc 2014 by Wildehurst (Swartland Independent) – pour a glass of this and be reminded of summer. Wonderful tropical aromas & delicate white fruit flavours. The palate is gentle and refined.

Big Flower Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – just what one expects from a Stellenbosch SB – crisp, fresh, not too fruity, not too herbaceous.

Fairview Verdelho 2016 – sourced from Fairview as well as a dryland Swartland vineyard. 5% barrel-fermented and after fermentation wine was left on lees for 2 months. A great alternative to the ‘usual suspects’ – vibrant, fresh feel with full mid-palate and a textured, long finish.

Oak Valley Semillon 2014 – currently a favourite, this is an unwooded wine. Wonderful yellow citrus and lemongrass notes with a satin feel. More-ish!

MIA Chenin Blanc 2016 – such a pretty wine! Fresh and tasty with ripe pear and melon notes.

Mixed 6 @ R830.00 containing:

Bloemcool Groendruif 2015 (aka Semillon) – only 430 bottles produced from a single Darling vineyard. The origin of the name is Bloemkoolfontein, the original name of Fairview farm. Handmade paper studded with cauliflower seeds is used to make the labels. Whole bunch pressed juice fermented in tank and then matured on the lees in 2nd & 3rd fill barrels for 8 months. Vibrant and rich, this deserves more time in bottle, but is irresistable now.

The Fledge & Co Vagabond 2014 – Klein Karoo Viognier (60%) with Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc barrel-fermented. Margaux Nel & Leon Coetzee are based in Calitzdorp, but source fruit from many of our wine regions to create their small-batch wines. This wine is linear and mineral with intriguing wax/oatmeal notes underlying the yellow citrus & stone fruit.

Cape Elevation Vineyards Sauv Blanc 2015 – by Mark Dendy-Young of la Petite Ferme fame. This is not your simple poolside sipper. It demands your attention. Rich, full-bodied & textural – 2 months lees contact with batonage and the addition of 7% barrel-fermented Semillon gives this one some serious structure. Think of pairing with classic herb roast chicken or prawn & mango salad.

Joostenberg Touriga Nacional 2015 – only 906 bottles made. A pure expression of 15 year-old dryland vines. No additions except a minute amount of sulphur at bottling. Spontaneous fermentation in open top tanks followed by maturation in older oak for 18 months. Smells like grapes 🙂 Mulberry, raisins, prunes, Xmas spice. Soft tannins and a fine, gentle finish.

Journey’s End The Griffin Syrah 2012 – Wow! Vibrant red & black berry profile with incredible freshness and a sleek, moreish finish. Carbonic maceration, spontaneous fermentation followed by maturation for 18 months in American and French oak.

Kottabos Syrah/Grenache 2015 by Reenen Borman from Polkadraai fruit. 87% Grenache and 13% Syrah, 50% whole bunch fermentation on both followed by barrel maturation for 11 months. Wonderful floral notes along with red berry and spice. Delish now, but will reward some patience. For info on the game kottabos, check out:   http://www.livescience.com/49441-greek-drinking-game-kottabos-recreated.html