The wine club selections for August are as follows:

Reds only pack for R600.00 containing:
Opstal Cabernet Sauvignon/Cinsaut 2017 – Cinsaut vines were planted in 1997 and are truly coming to age now and producing great quality grapes. In combination with the traditional Cabernet Sauvignon this forms a very exciting blend of racy aromatic freshness and structure.
Arra Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2014 is a bold and dense wine with succulent black fruit supported by smoky/savoury spice.
TSW Shiraz 2015 (Trizanne Signature Wines) – from dryland Swartland vines. Fermented in open cement fermenters followed by 11 months in 500l oak.  Lovely concentration on palate backed by fine-grained tannin and balanced acid.
Riverhorse Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2016 – This is a classic 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A sleek, medium-bodied wine showing ripe, blackcurrant & plum with notes of tilled earth & graphite.
False Bay Pinotage 2017 by Waterkloof  – by Nadia at Waterkloof is sourced from coastal, dry-farmed bush vines fermented ‘naturally’. Soft and balanced red fruit with a fine, refreshing finish.
Howard John 2016 by Franco Lourens (asst at Alheit) is a blend of 43% Cinsualt, 43% Carignan, 14% Grenache Noir. Bright with a lovely floral, slightly peppery personality and fresh red cherries and raspberry. Has a bit of grip on the finish and good acidity.

White 6 for 600.00 containing:
Opstal Chenin Blanc 2017 – the family has farmed with Chenin Blanc for generations and it forms the cornerstone of the estate, comprising a third of the vineyards. This Chenin shows balanced freshness and aromatic complexity. Attractive aromas of pineapple, peach and apricots are well held together with a subtle spice and leesy complexity from the 8 months spent in larger French oak Foundres.
Spookfontein Sauvignon Blanc 2017 from Hemel-en-Aarde, this shows hints of citrus, figs and definite sea breeze notes. Sleek and refreshing with balanced acidity.
Thelema Muscat d’Frontignan 2017 – a delicious off-dry wine showing vibrant notes of Turkish Delight, litchi and lime zest. A brilliant partner to sushi.
Testalonga Keep on Punching 2017 from a vineyard planted in 1972 is a delightful chenin blanc. Finally starting to settle and open up some, it shows citrus and white peach with a tear-drop feel on the palate.
Canto Sauvignon Blanc 2017 from Durbanville – gooseberry and melon with distinctive herbaceous notes.
Lammershoek Innocent White 2015 just keeps getting better. Pleasing weight on the palate with a gentle, long finish.

Mixed 6 for R840.00 containing:
Myburgh Bros Viognier 2017 – a release by Tyrrell and Philip Myburgh (Joostenberg). Organic wine with minimal filtration. A harmless sediment may occur. Yellow peach and dried apricot notes.
Solitary Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – Jozua Joubert used selected bunches from a single vineyard on his farm in Stellenbosch. No additives. The bouquet is dominated by green figs, pear and litchi . Mouthwatering concentration on the palate and a long, textured finish.
Arendsig Chardonnay 2016 by Lourens van der Westhuizen near Robertson. The wine spends 10 months on the lees. Citrus & green apple with fleeting tropical notes. The palate is rich & round with long mineral finish.
Goede Hoop Merlot 2014 – The estate has been in the Bestbier family since 1928. Aromas of sweet, juicy red fruit, vanilla, mocha and mint. Luscious mouthful of strawberry, red cherry, plum and subtle spice make this wine a match for the biggest Sunday roast. Serious oak and dusty tannins promise a long life.
Morelig The Hedge 2017 is a sleek, black-fruited blend of Syrah (whole bunch, basket press, old barrels 9 months), Carignan and Cinsaut (both whole bunch, semi-carbonic, old barrels 1 month) from Swartland. Blended, racked twice, after malolactic fermentation and just before bottling. No yeast inoculation or additives apart from a small amount of SO2.
Carl Everson Cape Blend 2016 is a blend of Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsaut and Carignan. Wonderful blackcurrant, plum and mulberry aromas on the nose with a hint of cinnamon and wood smoke. The full bodied, complex palate has an elegant dry finish with the Carignan adding a refreshing ‘tang’.