2 whites, 2 reds, 3 bottles of each
JORDAN The Outlier Sauvignon Blanc 2019 – R153 per bottle
After nearly forty years of family ownership, husband and wife team Gary & Kathy Jordan continue to hone the Stellenboschkloof estate’s reputation for high quality across the board. This Sauvignon is loaded with tropical, green melon aromas and flavour. It is delicious, ripe and powerful with a slight tang of lime zest and acidity pulling it all together. 60% barrel-fermented and aged, with infrequent lees-stirring for texture. 40% tank-fermented for zip. Delicious with feta and bacon quiche or deep-fried calamari with a drop of lemon.
CAPE COLLECTIVE Chardonnay 2020 – R141 per bottle
Cape Collective is a venture formed during lockdown, between wine negociant Dane Raath and designer Janneman Solms. Small-batch wines, naturally made, mostly from tiny boutique producers are bought up and bottled for their range. This Chardonnay is made by Gunther Schultz at Baleia Wines near Plettenberg Bay. Gunther vinified this delicate wine in three types of vessel: Terracotta amphorae, large old oak foudre and 3rd-fill barriques. Appealing, sea-fresh nose. On palate it exudes flavours of peach, lime and biscuit ( lees contact ) and there is super substance and length. Serve lightly chilled with fresh elf caught off Robberg rocks or similar!
KRUGER FAMILY WINES Pinot Noir 2019 – R126 per bottle
Some of you may remember Johan Kruger from his family estate’s brand, Sterhuis. He broke away from there and is flying with his own label. His goal remains constant: to produce expressive, site-specific wines grown on granite soils, at altitude or close to the sea, using little intervention. Brilliant value here, from many Pinot blocks in his portfolio. Medium-deep garnet colour with a fruity, musky aroma. The flavour delivers cold Ceylon tea, leather and cherry, with smooth tannins and just enough acidity. Serve at 16⁰C with seared tuna or beef carpaccio.
LAARMAN WINES Cluster Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 – R142 per bottle
Winemaker Arco Laarman founded this boutique solo venture in 2016 after a long sojourn at Glen Carlou. Only 7,000 bottles were produced of this wine. The grapes hail from the Bottelary Hills. After pressing, the wine went to barrel for 12 months in 2nd and 3rd fill. The wine is a youthful ruby-crimson colour and on the nose, there are blueberries and blackberries with a hint of anise. The palate is clean and elegant with dark chocolate and cherry fruits. The tannins are very soft, making one think that it is older than 2018. It will pair well with sirloin or ribeye on the bone, a lovely lasagne or slow-cooked lamb shanks. Drink now – 2025.