Our wine club selections for February are as follows:

RED 6 for R600.00 containing:

False Bay Pinotage by Waterkloof – anytime  crowd-pleaser showing red berries. Soft and enjoyable

Illimis Cinsaut 2015 by Lucinda Heyns from a 43 year-old Darling vineyard. Only around 900 bottles produced and sitting at under 12% alc, this is a treat. Earthy & floral notes with red berries on the nose. A gentle and fresh feel. Not a challenge to enjoy this one.

Stellenrust Simplicity 2014 – a blend of Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot, this is a serious ‘bang for your buck’ wine. Even though it’s accessible now,  it will definitely reward another 2-3 years patience.

Thelema Merlot 2013 – a classic! Sumptuous and comforting with a satin-like palate of  red plum and subtle spice.

Noble Hill Syrah 2014 – medium-bodied, plush feel. Dark fruit and smoky spice, black pepper.

Cape Rock Capa Roca 2015 – can be enjoyed slightly chilled. This is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Souzao and Tinta Barocca. Only old barrels used. Red plums, prunes, summer berries and tantalising spice. Slow-cooked brisket with chipotle comes to mind – yummmm.

White 6 @ R593.00 containing:

False Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 by Waterkloof. Fruity and fresh summertime sipper.

Front Row Chenin Blanc 2014 is really developing well – sleek feel with a rich yellow pear, citrus core and fine, refreshing finish. Swartland fruit, spontaneous fermentation in older French oak, no added acid or enzymes. Bottled unfined and unfiltered so some sediment may occur.

Meinert Riesling  2014 – based in the Devon Valley, Martin Meinert sourced the fruit for this from Elgin. A wonderful summer wine with floral & lime notes. 6 months lees contact adds some weight to the mid-palate.

Yardstick Chardonnay 2014  – made by Adam Mason from fruit sourced from (mainly) Elgin with some Stellenbosch. Whole bunch pressed, settled and then fermented and matured for 9 months in older French oak barrels. Yellow peach and melon notes. Fresh feel and long finish.

Thelema Verdelho 2015 – one of the few solo bottlings of this variety in SA and this one is a cracker! A great alternative to the usual suspects. Always brings on a craving for grilled calamari Chapman’s Peak style

Rosalie 2016 is made from 50% Grenache with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc whole bunch pressed into tank. 20% completed fermentation in old French oak barrels. Batonage was done to add richness. Delicate floral and red berry notes. An appealing wine. By Thierry Haberer and Julien Verspieren.

Mixed 6 @ R847.00 containing:

Seriously Cool Cinsaut 2015 by Waterkloof – from 40 year-old bushvines. Carbonic maceration, spontaneous  fermentation, no added acid/enzymes. Serve slightly chilled. Blackcurrant, raspberry, spice and a tantalising earthy note. Medium body & sleek feel.

Mount Abora Abyssinian 2015 – an alluring blend of Mourvedre, Shiraz, Grenache & Cinsaut from Swartland fruit. Spontaneous fermentation, no added enzymes/acid. Chill slightly & enjoy on a balmy evening. Luminescent with appealing mix of floral and savoury elements. Ripe red plum core with a fine, sleek feel – #MORE

Joostenberg Family Red 2015 – organic blend of Shiraz/Mourvedre and Viognier. Medium bodied and silky with plum and savoury notes.

Olifantsberg Blanc 2015 – a rich and full blend of Grenache Blanc, Chardonnay and Roussanne from Breedekloof. Opulent ripe fruit core supported by balanced acidity.

Gabrielskloof Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – well-balanced, sleek and refreshing, the few months lees contact adds weight and rounds out the mouthfeel. A winner!

Cartology 2015 by Chris and Suzaan Alheit – if you’re disciplined you’ll stash this one for a few years, but we won’t blame you if you don’t. A wonderfully complex wine showing citrus, honey and spice along with floral/herby notes. Don’t serve this one too cold.