The 3 wine club selections for September are as follows:
Red 6 @ R538.00:
Remhoogte Vantage Pinotage 2015 – from 17 year-old bushvines. Fermented in tank & in open top 500l oak then aged for 20 months in 30% new oak with 2nd and 3rd fill. It is sumptuous and concentrated & will develop over 8-10 years.
Big Flower Merlot 2010 by Ginny Povall (Botanica Wines) – although it’s 7 years old, it can still be cellared for 2-3 years. Big, bold, spicy black fruit.
Dornier Cocoa Hill Red 2015 – Shiraz and Merlot with Tempranillo/Cabernet Franc (and a few more) matured for 14 months in older oak barrels. Smooth pure fruit with refined notes of sour cherry, plum and cranberry backed by alluring spice
Julien Schaal Syrah 2016 – Julien makes wine in Alsace and in SA. Overberg fruit fermented and matured in French oak (no new) for 10 months. His style is restrained and elegant and definitely cellar-worthy.
Doolhof Cape Boar 2015 – a winner! Medium-bodied, sleek and more-ish. Notes of blackberry, cherry and cedar. Great value.
Riverhorse Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2016 – a 50/50 blend from Stellenbosch. The fruit was fermented in tank and then aged for approx 9 months in old French oak. Dense, dark fruit, tobacco & cedar.

White 6 @ R536.00:

Remhoogte First Light Chenin Blanc 2016 – vines are aged 30-50 years. 8 hours on skins before pressing. 15% fermented in older barrels, the remainder in tank with 7 months on lees before racking and bottling. Limes, green apples with floral note; it’s fresh and yet slightly creamy as well. Lovely!

Ses’fikile Chenin Blanc/Roussanne 2016 – brainchild of teacher Nondomiso Pikashe, Ses’fikile is owned and controlled by empowered women. A crisp and refreshing wine.

Corder Chardonnay 2015 – Elgin. Fresh and lightly wooded with zesty lemon/grapefruit and a creamy feel. The good balance and acidity makes this wine a refreshing summer drink and an easy companion to spicy dishes.

Migliarina Chenin Blanc 2015 by Carsten Migliarina sourced from two 35 year-old bushvine vineyards (Stellenbosch & Swartland). 50% spontaneous fermentation in barrel, rest inoculated in tank. Left on lees in tank for 9 months. This wine is slowly developing. Wonderful yellow fruit and citrus with a sleek, gentle feel and balanced acidity

Kleinhoek Kloof Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – a family-run boutique wine farm situated in close proximity to the little town of Ashton. Today, each individual plot of vineyard on this farm is registered as a ‘single-vineyard’ . Initial granadilla and cape gooseberry evolve into notes of  fresh herbs and fynbos with a hint of green figs.

Painted Wolf The Den Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – great value & much more than just a crisp and easy sipper. 20% of the wine was fermented in large old barrels adding a wonderful textural component to the mid-palate. Well-balanced and delicious.

Mixed 6-pack @ R849.00

Remhoogte Chronicle (previously Estate Blend) 2014 is a Cape Blend containing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Pinotage. The palate is full bodied and fruit driven on entry with chalky tannin and a fresh acidity bringing balance and length.

Dunstone Shiraz 2015 from Wellington is a full-bodied, sumptuous and well-rounded red. Whole berries were fermented in tank following which the wine was matured for 14 months in French oak barrels (30% new).

Cluster Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 by Arco Laarman (previously at Glen Carlou). He sourced the fruit from Stellenbosch and Paarl. Fruit was fermented in tank, left on the skins for 2 weeks post-fermentation, pressed and matured in 2nd and 3rd-fill barrels for 12 months. The palate is clean and elegant with dark chocolate
and cherry notes. The tannins on the finish are very soft making it accessible now, but it will develop over next 5-8 years.

Strandveld Adamastor 2013 – a classic blend of 52% Sauvignon Blanc and 48 Semillon from Elim. The Sauv Blanc is tank fermented while the Semillon is barrel-fermented and matured for 10 months on lees in older French 500l oak barrels. A full-bodied and complex wine.

Carinus Family Chenin Blanc 2016 – after a bit of a break, this lovely chenin has returned with a bang (along with a shiraz). Sourced from a Swartland vineyard planted in 1981, the wine is made for the Carinus’ by Lukas van Loggerenberg. Matured for 10 months in 3rd and 4th-fill oak. Plenty of white fruit with a sleek feel and fresh finish.

Linton Park Chardonnay 2016 – lemon butter with a mild nutty finish. Fermented in tank and matured in 2nd/3rd-fill oak for 1 year.