June July Tastings

Dear Winelover
Formal evening tastings on Thursdays from 18h30 – 20h00 at Strand Street

Thursday 24th June:  Domaine Grier of Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet, with Cathy Grier, who is the marketing manager of family-owned Villiera Wines. In the heart of the Fenouillèdes, in the famous Agly Valley, discover an exceptional wine farm purchased in 2006 by the Grier family of South Africa. The wines are produced from Mediterranean cultivars, in one of the finest Terroirs of the Roussillon region and they express the successful combination of Old and New World. The Grier family are highly regarded producers of quality Cap Classique and a comprehensive range of red and white still wines. For many years they have been leaders in the South African wine industry through quality and innovation as well as environmentally friendly practices.They have maintained close contact with France where wine making traditions are strong. Their relationship with the Denois family, who contributed to their leading position amongst bottle fermented sparkling wine producers in the Cape, was critical in the development of their dream to own a piece of France. Taste eight delicious wines: 
1. Domaine Grier Brut N/V ( Maccabeu, Chardonnay, Carignan )
2. Villiera Monro Brut 2014
3. Domaine Grier Chardonnay 2020
4. Domaine Grier Rose 2020 ( Grenache Noir, Carignan )
5. Domaine Grier Grenache Noir 2020
6. Domaine Grier Odyssea 2019 ( Shiraz, Carignan, Grenache Noir )
7. Domaine Grier Olympus 2014 ( Shiraz, Grenache Noir )
R300 p/p   Book now   See more

Thursday 8th July: De Trafford Wines with owner & winemaker David Trafford.

De Trafford was established in 1992 on the 200ha family farm Mont Fleur on Stellenbosch’ Helderberg Mountain. David, a former architect, designed his own cellar and planted all the vineyard blocks. He is now one of the top producers in the region, with all eleven wines in red print in Platter 2021! Mostly 5-star achievers, all unique. Meet David and taste with him: Chenin Blanc 2019, Merlot 2016, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Syrah 393 2014, Elevation 393 2014 & 2009 and end off with his exquisite Straw Wine 2018. R200 p/p Book Now

Thursday 22nd July:  Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 6-vintage Vertical 2015 – 2020
Pioneering Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Pinot Noir producer, Hamilton Russell Vineyards, celebrated 40 vintages with their recently released 2020. Proprietor, Anthony Hamilton Russell, simultaneously celebrated 30 years at the helm.  

Anthony will present the tasting,which will illustrate the common thread of the property’s style along with the individual personality of the vintage. Unusually close proximity to the cooling influence of the South Atlantic, combined with extremely iron-rich and clay-rich soils have produced a style of Pinot Noir with a far more “Burgundian” aesthetic than is usual for New World Pinot Noir producers. Organic and regenerative farming since 2014, along with the skills of winemaker, Emul Ross, have nursed an extra resonance and purity of expression out of their cherished 52 hectare “monopole” on their 170 hectare Estate. R200 p/p Book Now

Enquiries to Pieter carowine@mweb.co.za      (021) 419-8984 in Strand Street

Best regards

Caroline and team

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