The 3 wine club selections for September are as follows:

6 bottles of red for R596.00:
Ridgeback Shiraz 2014 – The hand harvested bunches were destalked onto the sorting table where only the very best
berries were selected for ferment. A whole berry component of about 30% reached the fermenter. For complexity & freshness a 5% portion of ripe stalks were added to the berries in the tank.
The mash was fermented in open top stainless steel fermenters
and ferment lasted 6 days. Wine was gravity fed to 225Li barrels for secondary Malo-Lactic fermentation then racked twice during maturation (19 months) in 33% first, 55% second and 12% third-fill French oak barrels. Blending of selected barrels was followed by a light filtration before bottling. Intense, upfront notes of dark cherry, cracked black pepper, liquorice and a hint of tobacco leaf are cradled by freshness & suede tannins.
Nattevalleij Swallow by Alex Milner (a nod to the swallows that return to the cellar each year to breed) is a blend of Shiraz/Mourvedre and Cinsaut aged for 18 months in French oak. Fruit is sourced from 4 different regions from Bainskloof Mountains to Stellenbosch hills. Soft and easy with a fruit-forward, fresh palate.
Anwilka Petit Frere 2015 is the baby brother from Stellenbosch property Anwilka which merged with Klein Constantia in 2012. It is a blend of 58% Shiraz with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Fresh and vibrant on entry, the palate is full bodied and layered. Flavours of plums and black pepper conclude with a long elegant finish. Will develop over next 2 years. The perfect accompaniment to most red meat dishes as well as lamb and venison.
Front Row Shiraz 2014 – Swartland grapes fermented in old barrels with no added yeast or enzymes. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulphur added before bottling. Can be served slightly chilled in summer. Gentle red berry flavours with a fresh, more-ish finish.
Goede Hoop Merlot 2014 – the farm is located in Bottelary Kloof just outside Stellenbosch. The farmhouse was built in 1880, but the current owners, the Bestbier family, have been there since 1928. Aromas of ripe red fruit, vanilla, mocha, spice and mint. Luscious mouthful of red cherry, plum and subtle spice make this wine a match for the biggest Sunday roast.
Jacaranda Cuvee Rouge 2014 – a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Intense berry flavours and juicy tannins, hints of chocolate and mint. Just a touch of oak, fresh and fruity, yet lots of depth and a lingering finish. Wellington
6 bottles of white for R581.00
Ridgeback Viognier 2017 – settled in tank then taken to barrel where fermentation took place followed by maturation with regular batonage. Aromatic with notes of citrus blossom and white peach. The palate is sleek and creamy with hints of pineapple, white pear and apricot.
Front Row Chenin Blanc 2014 Swartland fruit fermented in old oak barrels (natural wild yeasts) with no added enzymes or acid. Ripe yellow pear and poached quince with a sleek, silky feel and light, fresh finish. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. (harmless sediment may occur).
Fram Chardonnay 2017 by Thinus Kruger – fruit sourced from Robertson is whole bunch fermented with pumpovers (to add some zippiness, according to Thinus). A really delicious wine showing great fruit purity and delicacy. Unwooded.
Freshman Sauvignon Blanc 2016 by Rianie Strydom – Rianie is General Manager & Winemaker at Haskell Vineyards and is a member of the Cape Winemakers’ Guild. This is one of the wines produced at the family cellar in Stellenbosch. Very pale straw with delicate lime notes and hints of capsicum. Dry with lighter alcohol. at 12.7%, juicy stone fruit with smooth acidity, well balanced and nice bouncy finish. Good all-rounder
Vondeling Chenin Blanc 2018 – this estate in the Voor-Paardeberg produces some awesom wines. This is an unwooded and refreshing wine with notes of white peach, kiwi and apple with a slight citrus note.
Asara Brut – from Chardonnay/Pinot Noir. A fragrant nose of green apple, hints of orange peel and roasted almonds. The palate offers a fresh, citrusy mouthfeel with lingering taste of shortbread on the finish.
6 bottles – 3 red and 3 white for R789.00
Ridgeback The Journey 2015 – Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot fermented in tanks followed by malolactic fermentation in 2nd and 3rd-fill barrels. Barrel matured for 13 months followed by blending and bottling.  Intense mulberry, plum and pepper spice with a hint of mint evolves to notes of Christmas cake and leather. A plush, seamless palate.
Arboretum Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 produced by Ginny Povall of Botanica from fruit grown on her Protea Heights farm in Devon Valley near Stellenbosch. Aged in 2nd, 3rd and 4th-fill barrels. Dense and brooding colour with forest floor, violets and plums on the nose. The palate is full-bodied, deep and concentrated with fine-grained tannins.
Eenzaamheid Shiraz 2015 by Janno Briers-Louw. 7th generation family farm established in 1693. Upfront rich spice and typical attractive leathery notes with a savoury edge. Concentrated red and black berry flavours from smaller grapes from handpicked dryland vines with small yields. Delicious.
Mooiplaas Bushvine Chenin Blanc 2018 – this Bottelary Hills farm has been the home of the Roos family since 1963. A well-made, complex wine with a well balanced palate, good structure and long lingering finish.
Lomond Sauvignon Blanc 2017 from Cape Agulhas vineyards. Hints of citrus and tropical fruit, it has a rich, succulent core and fine, refreshing acidity. 6 weeks lees contact adds weight.
Catherine Marshall Semillon 2015 from Elgin fruit. Absolutely delicious!! Say no more.