SMALL PARCELS ( 12 bottles ) R1824.00
TRADE WINDS Sauvignon Blanc 2021 R185 per bottle
A harmonious blend of grapes from low-yielding old sauvignon blanc vines planted on cool elevated mountain slopes in Stellenbosch (for richer tropical notes and softer acidity), and cool-climate Elgin grapes (for greener herbaceous characters and minerality). Blended by Master Blender Colin Frith. It is generous in style with a full nose layered with citrus and pineapple. The palate is complex, combining the character of fresh cut grass and green herbs with ripe tropical fruit notes alongside firm minerality. The wine is fresh with soft acidity, a good mouthfeel and a round lingering finish. Enjoy with freshly shucked oysters or gazpacho. Also delicious with fish on the coals – Cape Salmon or yellowtail, grilled garlic prawns, pasta primavera, or even goat’s cheese.
LOURENSFORD The Dome Chenin Blanc 2021 R163 per bottle
A beautiful wine by cellarmaster Hannes Nel at Christo Wiese’s showcase estate in Somerset West. The cool conditions in 2021 resulted in good colour extraction, low pH levels and high natural acidity, which all point to exceptional quality wines with good ageing potential. 60% was fermented and aged in old 300 L wine barrels for nine months before blended back with the unwooded components that were fermented and aged in stainless steel. Quince and spicy baked apple aromas lead to mandarin and white peach flavours and a lively crisp, mineral and textured finish. It is a refreshingly versatile and complex tapas style wine that can be served with chicken salad, plainly grilled fish, especially trout and tilapia, with shellfish, and with stuffed baby marrows.
MERWIDA Barbera 2020 R130 per bottle
The fertile soils of the Breede River Valley near Rawsonville have been home to the Van der Merwe Family and Merwida Winery since 1844. Located at the foot of the Du Toitskloof Mountains along the Holsloot River their vineyards stretch over 800 hectares, making Merwida one of the largest private cellars in South Africa. Rare in South Africa, the Barbera grape originates from Northern Italy, but at Merwida it is grown on a tiny 3.6 hectare plot on glenrosa and sandy loam soils. It has a deep red plum & cherry aroma with a creaminess associated with oak maturation. The central core of medium fruit is cloaked by dry tannins and a certain tartness, balanced by oak vanillins from a year’s maturation in 38% new and 62% 2nd & 3rd-fill oak barrels. Serve with roast pork or beef.
DOMAINE COUTELIER Festin 2015 R130 per bottle
Domaine Coutelier is situated on the 17th century Devon Vale farm, set on a plateau between Devon Valley and Devon Vale. The Domaine consists of a four hectare plot on which grapes have been grown for decades and are now under the custodianship of owner Quint Cutler and his French wife Floriane. ‘Festin’ means festival and this is just that: a festival wine – deeply fruity and properly mature. 79% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, mellowed to perfection in French oak barrels and bottle. Drink at any casual occasion such as a braai or picnic.