The three wine club selections for July are as follows:

6 bottles of red for R687.00:

Lomond Syrah 2013: hand-picked and hand-sorted grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks and left on the skins for 2 weeks before pressing. The wine is transferred to 1st, 2nd and 3rd-fill barrels for malolactic fermentation and then aged in barrels for approximately 1 year. A savoury impression on the nose with crushed black pepper, tomato paste, oak spice and blackcurrant fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannins and a mild spicy finish.

First Sighting Pinot Noir 2013: this Elim Pinot has developed beautifully with the secondary, earth, mushroom and forest floor character starting to balance out the red fruit.

Migliarina Shiraz 2014 by Carsten Migliarina. Carsten has a very gentle touch with all of his wines making for seamless, well-balanced and generally refined wines. Subtle floral aromas with hints of cherry and plum. Soft, yet firm tannins with a creamy mid palate and lasting forest berry finish.

Cape Rock Amnesty 2015 has developed quite a loyal following over the last few years. The wine is produced by Willie and Gavin Brand at their cellar near Vredendal. A blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache with 1% Viognier. The wine was fermented and aged in separate batches. Some grapes were destemmed and others were left to ferment as whole bunches. All fermentations were natural in open fermenters. The wine was then aged in old barrels for 10 months. Light in colour and light-medium bodied with a sweet nose of red summer berries and red fruits with tantalising spice notes. Smooth and delicious!

Opstal Cabernet Sauvignon/Cinsaut 2017 by Attie Louw. This family estate near Rawsonville is going from strength to strength. This is a very approaching 50/50 blend. The nose shows lovely red and black cherry aromas with some fresh herbs in the background. The palate is light bodied with juicy fruit and a fresh acidity.

Spookfontein Merlot 2015 from Hemel-en-Aarde (just past Newton Johnson on the right). Aromas of cassis with a hint of herbaceousness. The palate is accessible with soft, fine grained tannins and makes for optimum drinking experience. Matured in French Oak for 18 months.

Mixed 6 pack (3 red/3 white) for R804.00

Lomond SSV 2016 is a refreshing blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier. Sleek and balanced.

Arcangeli Semillon 2016 – One of the expressive and characterful wines made by Krige Visser at this Botriver property. Pressed as whole bunches into a settling tank, then racked to old barrels. A small portion was fermented on skins and returned to barrels after five days. Here it fermented spontaneously and matured as well for six months. The wine was lightly filtered before bottling. Develops beautifully in a decanter.

Gabrielskloof Chenin Blanc 2017 – a family-owned and run estate just outside Botriver with Peter-Allan Finlayson as winemaker. The wine was naturally fermented in old barrels with
minimal intervention. Expect luscious fruit on the nose – quince preserve with pear drops, lemon and fresh apple flavours. An elegant, well-balanced palate with medium weight and a delicious, refreshing tang.

Katvis Pinot Noir 2016 by The Fledge & Co sourced from vineyards in Elgin, Langeberg and Klein Karoo. Fermented in combination of open-top cement fermenters and stainless steel  before being pressed into old 300L French barrels to finish fermentation & undergo malolactic. The wine was matured for
9 months prior to blending & bottled unfined, unfiltered. Bright red & ripe black cherry, floral notes, cranberry with undertones of forest floor. Decant or age for at least 3 years.

Eenzaamheid Shiraz 2015 is a wine with an old soul (if this was possible). Brooding, dark fruit with tantalising spice and leather notes. A definite winner for long, dark winter nights. Janno Briers-Louw, Cape Winemaster and winemaker, is the 7th generation on farm established in 1693. Small production from dryland vineyards.

Cape Rock Capa Roca 2015 – another hearty red to get you through winter. Rich plum and fruitcake spice with a sumptuous, dense feel and a fine, dry finish. Spontaneous fermentation and bottled unfined with minimal filtration.

6 bottles of white for R670.00

Lomond Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is a full-flavoured wine with plenty of juicy tropical fruit and citrus notes.

Lynx Vino Blanco 2017 – This small Franschoek producer makes some seriously tasty wines! This is a dry, unwooded, white blend of Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Rousanne. Fresh floral nose with green apple, pear and apricot following through to a spicy and crisp finish.

Mellasat White Pinotage 2016 – a white wine from a red grape? Why not? Their first vintage was in 2007 and the wine just keeps getting better. Whole bunch pressing prevented the juice from obtaining colour from the skins. Barrel fermented and matured for eleven months with lees stirring gives this wine a slightly creamy, nutty character to balance the tropical fruit notes.

Olifantsberg Grenache Blanc 2016 – The grapes are whole bunch pressed and allowed to ferment naturally in older French oak barrels & a foudre, adding layers of complexity. The wine was aged for 10 months on the lees contributing to the freshness and richness of the wine. Subtle lime blossoms and green herbal notes along with white peach and quince followed through by a richly textured palate and balanced acidity.

Opstal Chenin Blanc 2017 – The Louw family have Chenin planted on various sites and this wine is a mash-up of the best of these sites. It has a great balance of zippy freshness to go with its aromatic complexity. Attractive aromas of pineapple, peach and citrus are well held together with a subtle spice and leesy complexity from the 8 months spent in large French oak Foudres.

Domaine des Dieux Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – no, it’s not old and past it! This is the current release from this Hemel-en-Aarde producer. Asparagus notes and ripe fruit aromas are underlined by Sauvignon blanc’s characteristic smokiness on the nose. The palate is rich, but finishes clean and fine-textured.