Our 3 wine club selections for May are as follows:

Red 6 @ R653.00 containing:

Cape Rock Capa Roca – a blend of Touriga Nacional/Souzao/ Cabernet Sauvignon+. If you can, buy a few of these & stash some for about 3 years. Rich, red fruit core with plenty of tantalising spice.

 

Remhoogte Pinotage 2015 – sporting a new label, this is a plush, plummy wine with hints of spice and herbs. This is a family-owned and run estate on the slopes of the Simonsberg on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. Well worth a visit, there’s pizza and beer as well – winner! Oh, and game roaming around.

la Vierge The Affair Pinot Noir 2015 –  floral notes, hints of spice & vibrant red berry supported by fine tannins, hints of oak and brooding dark forest floor aromas. The palate is both silky and textured, displaying a lovely roundness as well as soft, integrated tannins and length. A great buy!

Migliarina Shiraz 2014 – another cracker by Carsten Migliarina. Well-balanced and refined with no jarring, sharp edges. A satin-like palate of soft plum & currant with subtle spice notes.

Kaapzicht Kaleidoscope Red 2016 – a medium-bodied, lightly oaked red for any occasion.

Boplaas Cape Ruby – yes, yes apparently winter is coming. When last did you curl up in front the fire with a heart-warming glass of something fortified? Or chill it slightly & serve with crusty bread, rich pate & hard cheeses. Rich and fruity with warming spice.


White 6 @ R583.00 containing:

Cape Rock White 2016 – a gentle, aromatic blend of Viognier/Grenache Blanc and Roussanne coming in at a pleasing 11.5% abv. Sleek and flavourful and extremely versatile as a food partner.

Buckleberry Sauvignon Blanc 2016 by Louis Nel. A fresh and fruity wine with plenty of tropical flavours.

Morgenhof Chardonnay 2015 – integrated and well-judged oaking makes for a sleek and enjoyable wine. One for those who don’t enjoy wooded wines.

Paul Cluver Dry Encounter Riesling 2015 – the nose shows ripe green apple, apple blossom, beeswax and fynbos honey notes. The palate is crisp and clean – lemon sorbet-like. Vibrant and refreshing.

Hpf Kaalvoet Meisie (Nr. 7) Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – this wine is drinking beautifully now; integrated acid, seamless palate with pleasing weight from 9 months lees contact (with stirring). Lime & Granny Smith apple with hints of fynbos and sea spray.

Riverhorse Chenin Blanc 2013 – Swartland chenin blanc fermented in older large-format barrels. A  rich, succulent core of ripe yellow pear. The palate is well-rounded  and sumptuous followed by a sleek, refreshing finish.


Mixed 6 @ R830.00 containing:

Cape Rock Red 2014 (formally known as SMV) – co-fermented Shiraz/Mourvedre & Viognier, the wine is medium bodied with ripe red raspberry through to plums, violets, mild aniseed, pepper and other spice aromas on the nose that carries through to the palate. The tannins are soft and well integrated.

Marianne Pinotage 2015 – silky smooth and tasty. Plush plummy fruit and a hint of smoky spice on the finish.

Morgenhof Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2011 – super value and a great buy for anyone  who enjoys the old-school Stellenbosch reds.

Thelema Riesling 2009 – super! This is really more-ish at the moment (not much left though). Rich fruit, balanced and refreshing acidity and incredible length.

Oak Valley OV 2007 – is a Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend that’s as fresh as a daisy. Anyone who doubts SA whites can age, needs to taste this – but be sneaky & don’t tell them how old it is until they’ve tried it.

Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc 2016 – fruit from a 65-year old vineyard was gently whole bunch pressed & the juice underwent spontaneous fermentation in 3rd fill French oak. The wine spent 6 months on the lees prior to bottling. It’s incredibly complex for a wine with only 12.5% alcohol and will benefit from some bottle age (if you can resist it)