Our wine club selections for July are as follows:

Red 6 @ R590.00:

Steenberg Echo Red 2014 – mulberry, black cherry, star anise, dried origanum and spearmint. It is a fleshy wine, elegantly showcasing a juicy acidity with a delicate tannin structure that adds to the velvety structure on the palate.

Yonder Hill Y Merlot 2016 – a winner at the price! Dark berry/mulberry and spice. A sumptuous, well-rounded and easy drinking red.

Kaapzicht Pinotage 2015 – a classic from a classic Pinotage producer. Fruit from 19-year-old dryland bushvines is fermented in tank and after malolactic fermentation, is aged in barrel for 24 months (30% new). Prune and youngberry with toasted cedar, vanilla and gun smoke. Will develop over next 4-5 years.

Doolhof Lady in Red 2014 – a hearty Bordeaux style red perfect for these cooler nights. On the palate, the fruit / oak balance is harmonious with soft, firm tannins, cassis and plum flavours producing a wine of excellent structure.

Goose Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – from vineyards in the Upper-Langkloof , this is a soft and full-bodied wine with plenty of flavour and soft tannins

Alexanderfontein Boutonniere Red 2014 – an easy blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot matured for 9 months in new (30%), 2nd and 3rd-fill barrels. Medium-bodied with hints of red plums and mulberries with subtle spice/smoke notes.

White 6 @ R590.00

Steenberg Semillon 2012 – fruit from 2 blocks was pressed & the juice fermented in barrel (new, 2nd, 3rd-fill) & then matured for another 9 months in barrel. Aromas of nettle and lime evolve into orange blossom, naartjie rind, fresh apricot and pithy ruby grapefruit. The palate develops more weight with age.

Rickety Bridge Chenin Blanc 2016 – sourced from 45 year-old Franschoek vines, fermented in tank and left on lees for 6 months. Inviting aromas of guava and white peach with underlying floral and green fig notes. A full rich palate of tropical fruit, citrus and spice leads into a long honeyed finish.

Arra Viognier 2014 – 1/3 wooded with a profile of white peaches and pears & a slight vanilla-cream finish.

Quando Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – by 6th generation Bruwer family near Robertson, this one is really drinking beautifully now. It is a sleek, balanced example with no overtly concentrated herbaceous/tropical character. Crisp apple and green pear with a fine, long, mineral finish.

Eenzaamheid Vin Blanc 2016 – a crowd-pleaser, this is a crisp and  refreshing wine with punchy tropical fruit aromas.

Domaine Coutelier The Feast MCC – 50/50 Chard/Pinot Noir. This is a crisp fruity bubbly. Fresh exotic fruits added to citrus
and grapefruit compliment soft biscuity flavours while the fine bubbles carry the flavours through the palate onto a seamless finish. A limerick by Quint on the back label:

A lovely cold glass of nice bubbles
Is assured to make you chuckle
And in a state of glee
One becomes three
And you find yourself in a fine muddle.

Mixed 6 @ R870.00

Steenberg Merlot 2013  – black plum, notes of aniseed with an earthiness and velvety texture supported by a fine tannins & fine acidity. Fermented on the skins for 7 – 10 days then transferred to a combination of 70% new, 20% 2nd and 10% 3rd fill French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and left to mature for 20 months.

Strandveld Pinot Noir 2012 – great to find a local Pinot with some age (in a market where 2016’s are already available) this wine is starting to develop beautifully. A great buy!

Hillcrest Robbenzicht 2014 – estate wine from Durbanville, this is a blend of Merlot/Malbec plus Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Looking for a wine to cellar for a few years, but not wanting to break the bank? This is a great option.

Almenkerk Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – grab it while you can! This single-vineyard wine is elegant and complex showing a fine balance between the herbaceous and tropical spectrum

Arendsig Viognier 2016 – many people know & love Lourens’ Chardonnay, but this Viognier is definitely one to try. 10 months on the lees in neutral oak. Wonderfully aromatic with a rich core of yellow peach/apricot cradled in a cone of fine, textural freshness.

Remhoogte First Light Chenin Blanc 2016 – 15% is fermented and matured in 225l French oak vats while the remainder is fermented in stainless steel tanks. After spending seven months on the fine lees the wine is racked and bottled. Notes of green apple and lime with floral nuances.