Our January wineclub selections are as follows:

Red6 @ R575.00 containing:

Sutherland Cab Sauv/Petit Verdot 2010 by Thelema – this wine is drinking beautifully right now. Elegantly Elgin. Sumptuous fruit, integrated tannins and a sleek feel. Lovely!

Mitres Edge NVME (non-vintage mitres edge) – such a winner! A classic, sleek, medium-bodied dry red for any occasion from this small producer.

Paradyskloof Grenache 2014 by Vriesenhof – Grenache has really taken off recently as more producers are managing to control the alcohol %’s and oxidation tendencies of the grape. This is a vibrant crowd-pleaser showing red fruit & hints of savoury spice/herbs. Chill lightly.

Journey’s End The Huntsman Shiraz/Mourvedre/Viognier 2015 – yes, 2015. No need to hesitate though. If you’d prefer to hold onto it  for a 2-3 years, feel free, but you could drink this now. Medium bodied and sleek, it will open up in the glass. Succulent black & blueberry, spiced  plum.

Crooked Path Pinot Noir 2012 by Andy Mitchell Wines – although the winery is located in Greyton, fruit is  sourced from many different regions. Olivia has recently planted vines & we look forward to the future offerings. The Pinot is  from Elgin, so expect dense, succulent fruit backed by a floral spice & hints of tilled earth.

Marvelous Red 2014 by Adam Mason in collaboration with chef, Peter Tempelhof – this is a succulent blend of Syrah, Cinsaut, Grenache, Mourvedre & Viognier. The fruit is sourced mainly from Elgin with the Cinsaut coming from Darling & Stellenbosch. Plush red fruit mild spice and sleek, moreish finish. Think jambalaya with spicy sausage for dinner……….

Mixed6 @ R728.00 containing:

Painted Wolf Swartland Syrah 2013 – dark, brooding fruit, savoury spice and a sumptuous, heart-warming feel. This wine has so much to offer without being heavy and over-extracted.

Montpellier Spyseniersberg 2012 – great bang for your buck! A classic blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 25% Petit Verdot. Well-integrated and super tasty, you have to try this one.

Paul Wallace Black Dog Malbec 2013 – from his own farm in Elgin this is a dark, inky wine that draws you in. Black fruits, savoury notes as well as vibrant floral notes make for a really enjoyable tipple. Chill lightly.

Ashbourne Sandstone 2009 by Hamilton Russell is cheap at the price. 88% Sauvignon Blanc with balance unwooded Chardonnay which was fermented and aged in small clay amphorae. This is SO GOOD now, but could lie for another year or two.

Mount Abora Koggelbos 2014 is another superb Swartland expression of Chenin Blanc. Dried peach & hint of orange citrus with fine, natural acid balance. Great length and freshness. 5*Platter 2017

Baleia Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 from South Coast near Vermaaklikheid (off N2 near Riversdale), this wine shows it’s coastal influence with hints of sea breeze and fynbos. Green apple and yellow citrus fruit with a long finish.

White6 @ R545.00 containing:

Eikendal Janina unwooded Chardonnay 2015 – so good it’s even converted a few of the ‘anything but chardonnay’ crowd.

Marvelous Yellow 2014 is a (rather bizarre) blend of Chenin Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Muscat d’Alexandre, Semillon that works so well. Sleek, succulent core with a fine, sleek finish that pairs so well with Asian-style pork belly. (Do yourself a favour)

Painted Wolf the Den Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – another crowd-pleaser this is a balanced and not overly-acidic wine with great weight on the mid-palate. Not too herbaceous.

Arendsig Viognier 2015 by Lourens v/d Westhuizen just outside the town of Robertson is a stunner! Rich white peach and apricot flavour balanced by fine, grippy structure creating a tear-drop on the palate – full, then tapering to a lingering, textural finish.

Oak Valley Semillon 2014 – one of our favourites, this unwooded Elgin Semillon is a winner. Vibrant citrus fruit and a refreshing, sleek feel – think herby seafood pasta as a partner.

Kaapzicht Chenin Blanc 2016 – one of our ‘best buys’ this summer. Tastes like it’s twice the price & that’s a win.