Allesverloren

The Allesverloren vineyards creep up the imposing Kasteelberg in the picturesque Riebeek Valley of the Swartland, the vineyards ranging from 170m above sea level to well over 350m. The farm which dates back to 1704 began producing wine in 1804.

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CABERNET SAUVIGNON201512.15
On the nose there is an abundance of prune, blackcurrant and white pepper aromas with oak spice and cigar box in the background. This rich and full-bodied wine has a good tannic structure, lots of berry fruit flavours such as blackcurrant and cherries with undertones of dark chocolate. 18 months maturation in 30% new and 70% 2nd fill oak barrels.
Platter: ***½
CABERNET SAUVIGNON201613.10
Blackcurrant & menthol notes in variety true 2016 matched by firm tannins, fresh acidity. Well balanced & delicious now and good for years. French oak, mostly second fill.
Platter: ***½

Anthonij Rupert

Only the best is good enough for this range

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BLEND200765.30
The blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wine is dense but detailed, with gorgeous layers of blackberry pâte de fruit, crushed plum, cassis and cherry preserves all seamlessly melded, while chocolate, Kenya AA coffe and roasted bay leaf notes fill in all the grooves on the finish. This has power, cut and balance.
Platter: ****½, WS: 95
CABERNET SAUVIGNON200840.65
Delicate violet aromas overlay characteristic cassis and tobacco leaf typical of this varietal, both of which define the elegant, layered palate in this particular example of Cabernet Sauvignon. Supple and lithe in structure and with a texture,that gives this superbly polished mouthful a long lingering aftertaste.
Platter: ****½, WS: 92
MERLOT200739.00
An elegant mouthful of rich cocoa and ripe plum with hints of beetroot and earthiness. Structured and full yet with restraint obvious too. Fruit and oak are well meshed providing a long, sumptuous aftertaste.
Platter: ****, WS: 91
OPTIMA201215.50
Alluring spicy aromatic overlay to dark berry and plum fruit with blackcurrant leaf and hint of cracked black pepper and violet. This wine is all about texture - from its soft, velvety entry to the gentleness of the spice which pervades the cassis, back fruit and cedar flavour. Ample turned earth and tobacco leaf notes too. Beautifully layeared and harmonious with the fruit ideally supported and gramed by sympathetic oak. Nothing is overplayed or dominant. Refined and elegant throughout. Rich, plush and nuanced with an aftertaste that lingers. Blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc.
James Suckling: 93; Wine & Spirits: 90
SYRAH200739.00
Interesting mix of plum and red fruits with a sprinkling of white pepper spice and a hint of meat extract. Rich, rounded and succulent entry to the palate. Red and black fruit galore,with spicy clove and pepper giving it a lift. At the other end of the spectrum, a flinty, dusty, mineral note anchors it all. Lovely balance of fruit and acid with velvety texture and supple tannins. Wonderful long aftertaste.
Platter: ****, WS: 93

Beyerskloof

The Beyerskloof philosophy is to give a truthful expression of the God given talents we received and doing everything in our ability to offer a memorable, world-class wine experience to all in order to be the South African winery of choice.

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FAITH *200869.65
Soft, even delicate. Slightly sweet with fruity notes, but not overripe. Entry gives way to luxurious roundedness,beautiful broad tannins, understated with complexity and promise. Extensive length. Made for maturation. 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Pinotage , 17% Merlot. The Faith blend is a barrel selection of the best wines of the 2008 vintage in the Beyerskloof cellar. Only 10 barrels made.
Platter: ****½
FAITH201565.95
Intense blackberry, cassis and cherry flavours upon entry with delicate spice and cedar aromas from the new French oak. A big structured, extremely complex and elegantly balanced Cape blend. Hints of mocha and dark chocolate compliment a great finish. This wine will age well for 10 to 15 years. 20 years old vines. Cape blend of 34% Pinotage, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot.
PINOTAGE DIESEL201554.95
A big structured Pinotage with intense dark fruit flavours. A deep middle leads to a smooth finish with pleasant chocolate/cedar aromas from the French oak (100% new - 21 months). With a barrel selection process which spans over 2 years, this wine endeavours to show the superior quality level achievable with Pinotage. The 20 best barrels out of 300 were selected. Great balance between fruit and oak will allow superb ageing in the bottle for 10 years and more.
Absa Top 10 - Pinotage Winner 2018; 2017 SAWI Awards - Platinum

Bouchard Finlayson

The 125-hectare property currently has 19 hectares under vines. Bouchard Finlayson is renowned as one of South Africa’s top wineries and this can be attributed to their philosophy and focus to produce wines of the finest quality.

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CHARDONNAY Kaaimangat201614.70
The Kaaimansgat or Crocodile’s Lair vineyard is hidden in the Elandskloof Valley near the village of Villiersdorp, just eighty kilometres from Hermanus. At 700 metres above sea level, our vines ripen a month later than other Cape Chardonnays and benefit enormously from cool autumn temperatures. Deliberately unirrigated, they produce small berries of high skin to juice ratio, which adds an extra flavour component to this superior wine. Deliciously complex and rich in fruit flavours, this wine offers an expanded taste expression. Gooseberry, sweet melon, jasmine and rose petal all combine to build on layers of a taste discovery. The nutty and creamy components will develop over time, enhancing the flavour with ageing.
Platter: ****½, SAWI: Platinum 95+

Diemersdal

Diemersdal Wines are the perfect expression of the distinct Durbanville terroir; the sum of the complex interaction between topography, soil content and climate.

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SAUVIGNON BLANC20177.80
This vibrant, classically styled Sauvignon Blanc presents a brilliant lemon-lime colour. The nose is complex with an array of tropical fruit, ripe figs and gooseberries. These crisp flavours repeat in the mouth, along with a mineral character followed by a long fruity finish. The distinctive aromas support a wonderfully balanced palate, presenting purity of ripe fruit, coupled with a lingering harmonious finish.
90 Points – Vinitaly 5 Star wines booklet 17
SAUVIGNON BLANC SIR LAMBERT *201810.30
Sir Lambert Sauvignon Blanc is made from grapes grown right next to the sea up on the West Coast, probably the coldest vineyard in South-Africa. Green asparagus, redcurrant and exotic fruit notes prevail in this straw yellow wine with a nice acidity on the finish.
SAUVIGNON BLANC RESERVE201711.55
This is a full flavoured, complex Sauvignon Blanc. The wine has good depth on the nose with aromas of citrus, green herbs, hints of asparagus and a touch of sweetness. On the palate excellent natural acidity creates balance, a fine structure and a pleasant mouth-filling texture with a clean finish.
Veritas: Double Gold; Tim Atkin: 93
SAUVIGNON BLANC RESERVE201812.50
This is a full flavoured, complex Sauvignon Blanc. The wine has good depth on the nose with aromas of citrus, green herbs, hints of asparagus and a touch of sweetness. On the palate excellent natural acidity creates balance, a fine structure and a pleasant mouth-filling texture with a clean finish. The wine is bottled unfiltered and sediment may occur.
Tim Atkin: 93
SAUVIGNON BLANC WINTER FERMENT201814.60
A new world style of Sauvignon Blanc. The wine has intense aromas of gooseberries, tropical fruit and sweet-grapefruit with a core of minerality. The excellent natural acidity creates balance to the concentrated, rich mouth-filling texture. The wine is bottled unfiltered and sediment may occur.
Veritas: Gold; FNB Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc Awards
SAUVIGNON BLANC MM LOUW *201719.85
The MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc is made from carefully selected grapes and fermented in French oak barrels to ensure a wine with a full, rich mouthfeel and a long finish. The flavours fynbos, asparagus and tropical fruit are underpinned by a core of minerality and complex fruit and vanilla flavours. 3 weeks alcoholic fermentation in 2nd fill 500l French Oak barrels. The wine was bottled unfiltered and sediment may occur after time.
Tim Atkin: 95
SAUVIGNON BLANC WILD HORSESHOE *201723.85
It is a bold, leesy, spicy, concentrated wine that shows a touch of oak, flavours of quince and tropical fruit, some grape tannins and a smoky flourish. Intriguing stuff. Fermented in older 500l French oak barrels. The wine was bottled unfiltered and sediment may occur over time.
Tim Atkin: 94
CABERNET SAUVIGNON MM LOUW201635.30
After 22 months of aging, a barrel selection of Cabernet Sauvignon was made by the 6th generation winemaker. Typical blackberries, cedar and cigar box flavours with hints of spiciness. Blackcurrant follows through onto the palate with firm ripe tannins and a delicate finish. 22 months oak maturation in first & second fill 225l French oak barrels.
Tim Atkin: 92
PINOTAGE RESERVE201715.20
Full bodied with dark berry and plum flavours and well balanced with complex aromas from French Oak barrels. A wine with a long lingering finish. Grapes for this wine comes from 50% 43 year old bush vines and the other 50% from 23 year old trellised vines. 16 months wood maturation in 60% new 225l French oak barrels.
Top 10 ABSA Pinotage Competition; Platter: 94; Tim Atkin: 92
PINOTAGE MM LOUW201635.30
Whole berry-fermented Pinotage. It's an impressive first release that's smooth, succulent and intense, with supple tannins, layers of sweet, creamy fruit and notes of violet and cinnamon spice.
Tim Atkin: 94
PRIVATE COLLECTION BLEND (Magnum 1,5l) *201326.70
92 Points (Runner-up) – RisCura Best Bordeaux Blend – Wine Mag ‘15
PRIVATE COLLECTION BLEND201514.10
Well crafted in its earthy austerity, slowly imparting aromas of wild berries, eucalyptus & liquorice. Great potential. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec.
Platter: ****½ ; Tim Atkin: 92
PRIVATE COLLECTION BLEND (Magnum 1,5l) *201528.20
PRIVATE COLLECTION201615.20
Seamless Bordeaux style blend led by Cabernet and Merlot (54/25). Pure fruit with polished tannins & impressive intensity.
Tim Atkin: 91; Platter: 94; Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Awards: Double Gold; Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show: Riedel Trophy for Best Bordeaux style blend
RED BLEND MM LOUW *201435.40
This classically styled Bordeaux blend was made through a careful selection process to find those barrels that would complement one another best and give the utmost expression of the Diemersdal vineyards and winery. The nose shows lead-pencil shavings, fresh red berries and blackcurrants. On the palate all components are in balance with a lengthy elegant finish. 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec.

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AMARULA CREAM (700ml)NV12.10
Once the Marula fruit is perfectly sun-ripened, each one is gently hand-gathered. First, the fruit is de-stoned, its flesh crushed and the pulp fermented. After fermentation, the Marula ‘wine’ is distilled and aged in French oak barrels for at least two years, during which wood spice characters of vanilla and toast are naturally imparted. Thereafter dairy cream is infused to give Amarula its rich, velvety texture. Only then this little piece of Africa is bottled. Amarula is best served over ice and preferably, with a view.

Fleur Du Cap

"Fleur du Cap - one of South Africa’s premier and best-known wines – is one of the flagships of the Distell group, the country’s top producer and marketer of fine wines and spirits."

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CHARDONNAY Unfiltered201511.80
From coastal vines, 30% new oak. Dry, elegant & understated, with lovely limy profile. Pure fruited, fresh & long. Stylish food partner.
Platter: ****½, Tim Atkin: 88
SAUVIGNON BLANC Unfiltered201512.00
A thrilling example of Darling's terroir compatibility with Sauvignon. Characteristic dusty nuance to intense green & tangy fruit. Zesty, concentrated & balanced, with wonderful length.
Platter: ****** Tim Atkin: 90
CABERNET SAUVIGNON Unfiltered *201016.30
Classic, stylish cabernet at its most dependable. Matured in 100% new French oak for 16 months.
Platter: ****½, Top 10 Cab. Sauv. SA Wines Class.
MERLOT Unfiltered201016.30
Sultry dark mulberry fruit is wrapped up in supple tannins with a graceful seam of freshness.
Platter: ****, Veritas: Gold, Top 10 Merlot SA Wines Class.

Kanonkop

"Kanonkop Estate has been described by those in the know as being the South African equivalent of a Premier Cru or First Growth. International awards accumulated over more than a decade have gone a long way to substantiate these claims."

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CABERNET SAUVIGNON *201121.40
Deep ruby colour with spicy mocha, chocolate and tea leaf flavours. Classic in style with a long, though dry finish.
Tim Atkin: 93, WS: 91, Top 10 Cab. Sauv. SA Wines Class.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON (Magnum 1,5l) *201145.15
CABERNET SAUVIGNON201322.05
Attractive black currant and mocha flavours with a complex palate and long, dry finish. From 20 years old vines.
IWSC: Gold, Tim Atkin: 94, Top 10 Cab. Sauv. SA Wines Class.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON (Magnum 1,5l) *201347.75
CABERNET SAUVIGNON201423.90
A dense full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon showing notes of subtle blackcurrant, black plum, cedar wood and spice. The palate offers characteristics of pencil shavings, tea leaf and molasses, balanced with a good acidity and integrated ripe tannins. A lingering finish to complete a wine that will benefit from up to 20 years bottle maturation potential. 24 month in 50% new and 50% 2nd fill Nevers oak.
Tim Atkin: 94; Platter: 94
KADETTE PINOTAGE ROSE20186.75
A delicate salmon pink colour. The nose is elegant and floral with notes of strawberry and raspberry and hints of granadilla and pineapple. These flavours follow through to the palate which is beautifully balanced. The succulent fruit and refreshing acidity make this wine perfect to enjoy as an aperitif.
KADETTE CAPE BLEND (Magnum 1,5l)201617.40
A deep ruby red colour, with notes of blackcurrant, tea leaf and vanilla spice on the nose, which follows through to the palate. A well balanced structure with fresh acidity and dry appetising finish. Will keep developing in the bottle for up to 10 years.
KADETTE CAPE BLEND20178.70
Hugely popular Pinotage blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Matured in 2nd and 3rd fill Nevers oak casks.
Platter: 89
PAUL SAUER (Magnum 1,5l) *201359.25
Layers of black fruit, perfume and cedar wood create complex nose and palate also offering cigar box and vanilla tabacco. This blend offers a more integrated and complex profile than its single Cabernet Sauvignon counterpart. The acid, alcohol and integrated oak provides a balance and assures a fantastic ageing potential. With some patience you will be rewarded with a gem. Blend of 70% Cab. Sauv., 18% Cab. Franc and 12% Merlot matured for 24 months in new medium toasted Nevers oak.
PINOTAGE (Magnum 1,5l) *201346.50
This wine has a lovely dark currant, warmed plum and steeped blueberry core, inlaid with cocoa and melted black licorice. Everything flows through the rich, velvety finish, with a note of black tea weaving in.
WS: 91, Tim Atkin: 94, Top 10 Pinotage SA Wines Class., ABSA Top 10
PINOTAGE201421.55
A complex wine with layers of different aromas that evolve in the glas. The 2014 vintage offers more red fruit flavours in its youth, but after some bottle ageing this wine will start to show some farmyard, earthy and forest floor characteristics. Up to 62 year old bush vines.
WS: 91, Top 10 Pinotage SA Wines Class., Tim Atkin: 93
PINOTAGE (Magnum 1,5l) *201547.05
PINOTAGE BLACK LABEL *2014115.00
A complex nose of black cherry, plums and dark chocolate with hints of gooseberry and cedar. The palate is rich with a velvety tannin structure only made possible from old vineyard Pinotage. An intense core of pure black and red fruits, balanced with savoury dark chocolate and cedar. It offers a long and lingering finish. 61 yars old bush vines.
Tim Atkin: 97
PINOTAGE BLACK LABEL *2016115.00
A dense, full and rich wine filled with perfume and red fruit with a hint of spice adding to its complexity. The palate is structured and powerful, with ripe red fruits, black plums and dark chocolate. The tannins are grainy and mouth filling with a dry appetising finish. Made from 64 year old bush vines yieldin less than 20hl/ha and matured for 18 months in new Nevers oak.
Tim Atkin: 96; Platter: 96

Klein Constantia

As part of the original farm that in the 18th century produced ‘Constantia’, prized throughout Europe by the leaders and aristocracy of the time, Klein Constantia has helped to reclaim its former glory by initiating the revival of this famous sweet wine.

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VIN DE CONSTANCE (500ml) *201165.85
The long, warm and dry summer of 2011 created ideal conditions for the raisining of the Muscat de Frontignan grapes whilst still on the vine. In these conditions it was harvested in numerous batches with each of them being harvested and sorted by hand. These various pickings were kept separately, then blended together after a long fermentation to create and ensure the perfect balance of its key components; sugar, acid and alcohol. Wonderfully bright on both the nose and palate. Concentrated flavours of apricot and orange zest with aspects of frangipani flowers abound. Mouth filling yet clean and focussed, the wine tapers into a rich luscious finish.
Platter: *****

Lourensford

A magnificent estate nestled in the fertile bowl of the Helderberg Mountains. Lourensford Estate, founded in 1700, a proud history joins with a dynamic new vision to create a giant among South African wine producers

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CHARDONNAY LTD RELEASE201613.70
Best South African white Wine at Mundus Vini 2018, Michelangelo: Double Gold, Vitis Vinifera: Double Gold
CHARDONNAY LTD RELEASE201713.70
The wine has intense ripe pineapple and melon flavours on the nose. It is supported with white peach, apricot and hints of jasmine, lemongrass and ginger. Voluptuous butterscotch, orange peel, roasted cashew nuts, toffee and vanilla flavours in the wine reminds of a wet pine forest floor in autumn. The wine has a brilliant linear acidity and dominant dense mineral core with layered sweetness and balanced acidity due to the natural fermentation. The roundness on the pallet and a beautifully integrated texture with flavours of orange blossom and lemony zest supported by a creamy finish coats your mouth and make you want to spend more time in the presence of this big wine. Oak barrel fermented; 47% new and 53% second fill.
Tim Atkin: 91
NOBLE LATE HARVEST (375 ml)20148.70
This 100% Semillon has an alluring bright gold colour with a beautiful, inviting nose filled with ripe tropical fruits along with peach, pear, kumquat and a hint of nettles and greengage – all on a backdrop of Botrytis. There is an intense concentration in the mouth with great balance of all components held together by keen acidity while fynbos honey, toasted nuts and caramel lingers in the background. Super now yet has many years of development to do. With a touch of wood.
Tim Atkin: 93
SAUVIGNON BLANC (Winemaker's Selec.) *201111.50
Soft minerality tones on the nose that is followed through on the pallet where passion-, kiwifruit and gooseberry flavours combine with hints of ripe fig to add to the layered mix. A brilliant linear acidity lends length to linger.
Platter: ****
VIOGNIER (Ltd Release)201413.35
This Viognier is a Lady of Spice . Perfumed with exotic aromas of jasmine, lavender, grapefruit and hints dried apricot and white peach that balms the air before the full bodied character is slowly revealed and supported by a linear balanced acidity. On the pallet is white peach and quince flavours and traces of creamy lemon butter, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla with a flinty mineral finish.This Viognier does well with all things surrounding the orient. It has a particular affinity with rosemary. 100% fermented in wood of which 56% was new and a split of 33% Hungarian oak and 67% French oak.
WHITE BLEND (Ltd Release) *201214.25
The White Blend is the creme-de-la-creme of our white wines on Lourensford. Harvested from the very best sections of the top blocks on the farm. It is skillfully and meticulously blended from the best barrels in the cellar to express the essence of our unique terroir. The wine is layered with fragrant aromas and exotic flavours. Lemon blossoms, wild daisies and fresh asparagus aromas first appear on the nose infused with nutmeg, butterscotch, white peach and pear aromas. It is a beautifully crafted and sophisticated wine with a rich finesse of balanced fruit and acid. Lovely finish. Blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Chardonnay and 2% Viognier. Lightly oaked.
Michelangelo: Double Gold, Platter: ****½
ROSE FLOWER COLLECTION20175.80
The wine has fresh and crisp citrus and ripe pineapple tones with red fruit flavours including cherry, watermelon and rose water with hints of grapefruit and strawberries. The wine got a crisp, fresh mineral taste with a lingering, creamy mouth feel and hints of mulberries and rosewater.
ROSE - CLASSIC BLEND20178.25
The Chardonnay Pinot noir is a crisp and fruity wine. It is harvested from the first fruit to ripen every season. The Chardonnay contributes fresh and crisp citrus and ripe pineapple tones to the wine while the Pinot noir adds red fruit flavours of cherry, watermelon and rose water with hints of grapefruit and strawberries. The wine finishes with a refreshing acid balance on the palate. The strikingly beautiful rose-brass colour of the wine will lighten up any occasion.
CHRYSALIS RED201526.80
Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Matured in 77% new French oak. This Red Blend is the best of the best of our red wines on Lourensford. Harvested from select sections of the best single-vineyards. It is skillfully and meticulously blended from the best barrels in the cellar to express the essence of our unique terroir. The wine has a dark and intense colour. Aromas of concentrated ripe blackcurrants, blueberry fruit and cherries, olives, violets, tobacco leaf, cedar wood and a touch of Cape fynbos greet you on the nose. Big and bold, this wine has a dense palate which is structured yet explosive, bursting with upfront berry fruit flavours. Supported by an elegant, velvety combination of black cherry, olive, cassis and mulberry fruit. Decant before enjoying.
Tim Atkin: 93
MERLOT Ltd Release201516.65
The wine has a brilliant colour, deep, dark, intense and bright. Aromas of concentrated, ripe black cherry, as well as mulberry fruit flavours and prunes greet you on the nose along with subtle hints of cigar box. The palate is dense, structured and powerful. Firm fruit tannins are beautifully balanced by well integrated soft oak flavours which promise ageability, and gives structure and length. Very well rounded and supported with a smooth, silky elegance and upfront flavours of juicy black cherry and mulberry with hints of dark chocolate. The complex palate will awaken your taste buds and undertones of leather and wild berry with a velvety texture will linger for a while and leave you wanting more of this big, bold wine. 84% new French oak barrels.
SMV BLEND (Ltd Release)201415.05
The wine has a brilliant colour, deep, dark, intense and bright. Aromas of concentrated dark plums with ripe red cherries and wild spices greet you on the nose along with subtle hints of cigar box. The palate is dense, structured and powerful. Firm fruit tannins are beautifully balanced by well integrated soft oak flavours which promise age-ability, and gives structure and length. Very well rounded and supported with a smooth, silky elegance and upfront flavours of juicy, savoury wild berry, plums, cocoa and red cherry with hints of cinnamon spice. 94% Shiraz, 3% Mourvedre, 3% Viognier.
SMV LTD RELEASE201615.45
Flavours of blackberry & mulberry with cracked black pepper greet you on the nose. The flavours from the nose follows through to the palate along with hints of aniseed and black liquorice. Blend of 94% Shiraz, 4% Mourvedre and 2% Viognier, finished in 34% new oak and 66% in older barrels.
Tim Atkin: 93

Maastricht

Wine making lies in the blood of the Louw family that has been involved in making wine in Durbanville over many centuries.

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SAUVIGNON BLANC20178.10
The nose is intense and complex with green pepper flavours combined with asparagus, gooseberries and tropical fruit. The distinctive aromas support a wonderfully balanced palate, presenting purity of ripe fruit, coupled with a lingering harmonious finish.
Veritas: Gold
SAUVIGNON BLANC20188.55
A real summer celebrator, vibrantly fruity & exuberant - nettles, white peaches, crunchy green apples, capsicum as well as crushed green herbs all leap out of the glass.
Veritas: Silver
CABERNET SAUVIGNON201710.25
The nose shows spicy aromas, complemented by coffee, dark chocolate and cigar box notes. Dark berry fruit, cherries and spice follow through on the palate. This is a full bodied wine with soft, but firm tannins, giving a balanced mouth feel and long finish. Maturation into 225l French Oak barrels. Minimum fining and filtering was done before bottling.
Veritas: Bronze
MERLOT201610.25
Great example of cool-climate Merlot. The nose shows hints of spice characteristic of the variety, but is complemented dark berry fruit flavours. The influence of French oak plays a supporting role, but does not overpower the wine, allowing the fruit to shine through. These flavours follow through on the palate, finishing with a juicy and elegant mouthfeel, typical of the Durbanville area. Maturation in 8 x 225L French Oak barrels. Minimum fining and filtering was done before bottling.
Michelangelo: Gold
PINOTAGE *20169.50
The nose shows vibrant flavours of plums, red cherries and dark chocolate. It is complimented by the soft ripe tannins which adds depth and length to the palate.
Michealangelo: Gold
PINOTAGE201710.25
Plum, dark cherry and fragrant wild herbs in a generously fruited body. The wine was aged for 16 months in 75% new 225l French Oak barrels. Minimum fining and filtering was done before bottling.
Veritas: Bronze
PINOT NOIR201510.10
The nose shows vibrant flavours of blackberries, red cherries and roasted nuts. It is complimented by the soft ripe tannins which adds depth and length to the palate with a velvety finish.
Veritas: Gold

Meerlust

Meerlust, with its historic manor house, classic wine cellar, family cemetery, dovecote and bird sanctuary is situated fifteen km south of Stellenbosch and is uniquely positioned for the production of wines with exceptional complexity and character.

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CHARDONNAY201616.05
Ripe but light-feeling character with creamy texture and good lemon acidity. The wine was barrel matured for 11 months before bottling.
Platter: ****½
CHARDONNAY201716.95
Very bright, polished platinum with green, vivacious hue. Complex, appealing nose with pear, citrus and floral notes developing into lemon cream, oatmeal and marzipan richness. On the palate the wine is medium bodied and linear but retains generous focused citrus fruit flavours with sleek, balanced and crisp acidity. The wine remains vivacious and fresh on the finish with clean citrus fruit and stony minerality. The wine has a long, very pleasant lingering finish. Transferred to 50% new tight grain Allier French Oak and 50% second fill 300 litre barrels for fermentation. The wine was barrel matured for 10 months before bottling.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON *201018.55
The Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 has an intense, vivid purple colour with slight gradation at the rim. On the nose the wine shows intense cassis, plum and classic cedar wood-cigar box notes with lifted dark fruit aromas. On the palate the wine is full bodied and impressively structured. Intense blackcurrant and plum fruit bolstered by refined tannins and fresh natural acidity. The palate is rich and dense with a wonderful lacy tannic structure. Very impressive in youth but the intensity, harmony and balance all promise maturation over the next 15 years.
Platter: ****½, Tim Atkin: 91
CABERNET SAUVIGNON201518.75
MERLOT201517.80
We have been refining the viticulture to produce more balanced, flavourful fruit. This, coupled with the perfect conditions of 2015 has produced our best Merlot yet. Deep, youthful purple colour with a ruby rim. Intense dark brambly fruit on the nose, mulberry, liquorice and damson plum with hints of dark chocolate and spice, tempered by a stony minerality. The medium-full bodied palate offers generous, ripe, pure Merlot fruit with refreshing acidity, structured yet silky tannins and pronounced length and minerality. Maturation in 50% new Nevers French oak, 50% second fill Nevers for 16 months before bottling. Blend of 85% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc for structure and acidity and 7% Petit Verdot which gives the wine a lifted floral aroma and polished, sleek tannins.
PINOT NOIR201517.50
Intense, vivid translucent youthful purple-ruby appearance. The wine shows pronounced lifted perfume on the nose with red berry fruit, musk, wild mushrooms and hints of savoury richness and spice and a clean vibrant minerality. On the palate there are very pure Pinot fruit flavours on entry with red cherry and musk flavours coupled with fresh acidity. The wine has layered complexity with great elegance and finesse. Very fine lacy, almost powdery tannin on the finish. Ideally served at 16°-18°C. White and red meats, duck, Parma ham, grilled line fish, tuna, wild mushrooms and traditional cheese.
Top 10 Pinot Noir SA Wines Class.
RED BLEND201510.85
The wine has an intense, dark purple color with a violet rim; bright and vivacious in the glass, youthful. The nose is expressive with powerful cassis, plum, exotic spice and hints of floral aromas. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with intense flavors of crushed black fruit, cassis, vanilla and dark chocolate. The tannins are soft and silky, the acidity fresh, the flavour profile focused and linear. The wine has a persistent and longlasting aftertaste. 60% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Barrel aged in 55% new Nevers and 45% second-fill casks.
RUBICON (Magnum 1,5l) *201344.90
The 2013 Rubicon classic expression of this iconic Cape wine. Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note and stony minerality also evident on the nose. Still youthful and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured by beautifully sleek, ripe tannins which restrain the vibrant dark fruit typical of this vintage, giving the wine an opulent texture which is kept focused by the linear acidity. The wine lingers on the palate with creamy fruit mouthfiilling tannins. 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 7% Petit Verdot.
Wine Advocate: 92
RUBICON201522.40
Showing all of the hallmarks of a great, classic vintage. Incredibly dense purple-ebony core with very slight gradation at the rim. The nose is brooding, dark bramble fruit, cassis, plum, incense and liquorice, it is still very tightly coiled, slowly offering cigar box, crushed stone and subtle oak spice. On the palate the wine is concentrated yet restrained with dark fruit flavours of pastille, mulberry and dark chocolate, all held in an intricate lattice of polished sleek grape tannin. This Rubicon promises a long future of maturation and enjoyment. It is a blend of 61% Cab. Sauv., 23% Merlot, 12% Cab. Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, each variety was fermented separately in 300 L barrels. After 9 months in barrel, the components were blended and given another 9 months in barrel.

Mulderbosch

Since the first vintage in 1994, Mulderbosch has endeavored to represent innovation, flair and excellence. This basic winemaking ethos prevails to this day.

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CABERNET SAUVIGNON Rosé20166.75
The 2016 Mulderbosch Rosé exhibits a delicate dusty pink colour reminiscent of classic dry Rosé styles. Bracing mineral aromatics and floral notes are found on the nose whilst the well balanced and vibrant palate features freshly sliced watermelon, Turkish rose water and subtly herbaceous Cabernet Sauvignon flavours. Amplifying its fresh, clean acidity and striking length is a burst of succulent Ruby grapefruit that carries the wonderful ensemble to a pleasant, lasting finish.
Platter: ***½

Mullineux

Handcrafted wines from the heart of Swartland. South African Winery of the Year 2014 according to the Platter Wine Guide. One of the few South African wineries to have gained Premier Cru status.

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CHENIN BLANC Kloof Street20149.50
The Kloof Street range is all about freshness, balance and great drinkability. From old vine Chenin Blanc from a variety of Swartland soils. Part tank and part barrel fermented. The palate is fresh and clean with a slight creamy texture and richness on the finish.
ROUGE Kloof Street20139.50
Blend of 85% Shiraz, 9% Carignan, 2% Cinsault, 2% Mourvèdre and 2% Grenache.
SYRAH Iron *201269.60
It's a dense, tannic, ambitious wine that needs considerable time in the bottle, all brooding, sulky flavours and bloody, earthy complexity.
Tim Atkin: 94
SYRAH Schist *201269.60
Meaty, tannic and backward, this is a wild, savoury wine, more in the style of a Cornas than a Côte Rotie. It needs time, but the oak is beautifully done here, framing the wine to perfection.
Tim Atkin: 96

Pongracz

There are a great many things that need to align to compose a single bottle of Pongrácz. Noble varietals, knowledge and expertise are just a few of the pieces of an ensemble that forms the symphony that is one of South Africa’s finest Méthode Cap Class.

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SPARKLINGNV12.45
Straightforward, nicely balanced apple & pear flavours. From Chardonnay& Pinot Noir. Pongracz has dominated the 2010 Wine Magazine Amorim Cap Classique Challenge by winning Best Non-Vintage and Best Rosé in this highly contested competition. Both were awarded four stars by the international panel of judges which also singled out Pongracz as one of the top five Best value wines.
Platter: ***
SPARKLING (375ml) *NV7.85
ROSE - SPARKLINGNV15.10
Lightly pink, dry bubbly has lovely freshness & more complexity. Creamy mousse offers lively dimension.
Platter: ***½; Veritas Gold 2016
SPARKLING ROSE (375ml) *NV9.05

Rijk's Private Cellar

Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit are the hallmarks of the wines of Rijk’s Private Cellar. Fine food wines are produced here to satisfy the most sophisticated palates. Pierre Wahl is Diners Club's winemaker of the year 2016.

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CHENIN BLANC (Touch of Oak)201610.75
Stone-fruit aromas dominate the nose with hints of citrus, quince and pine nut. Rich and creamy palate is well balanced, perked up by lively acidity and a long finish. The subtle use of oak uplifts the pure fruity characters. 25% of barrel-fermented wine was blended with the tank fermented portion.
CHENIN BLANC PRIVATE CELLAR *200914.45
Golden hued and full bodied, with aromas of winter melon, peach and pine nut. A well-rounded, creamy palate with great wood integration ensures a palate full of pleasures and a long finish.
Platter: ****; Michelangelo - Gran d'Or
CHENIN BLANC RESERVE *201320.05
Golden hued and full bodied. Well balanced with an attractive complex nose with tropical to dry apricot and almond aromas. The wood spices compliments the fruit and adds structure on the rich and creamy palate. Full bodied and has a lasting exotic sweet- sour tang on the finish. Superb fine dining wine.
Tim Atkin: 93
CHENIN BLANC RESERVE *201421.95
Golden hued colour. Attractive complex nose with aromas of ripe melon and grapefruit, with honey undertone. The wood spices compliment the pure fruit bringing structure to this fine wine. A well-balanced palate with an exotic sweet-sour tang ensures a long finish and lasting aftertaste. Fermented in 50% new, 30% 2nd fill and 20% 3rd fill 300l French and Hungarian oak barrels.
Tim Atkin: 93
PINOTAGE (Touch of Oak) *201412.55
Nose explodes with aromas of cranberry and subtle hints of mulberry and vanilla spice. The lively palate is rich and creamy and finishes with smooth and well matured tannins. Gentle presence of oak on nose and palate supports this delicious wine.
Tim Atkin: 92
PINOTAGE (Touch of Oak)201513.70
Nose explodes with aromas of cranberry and subtle hints of mulberry and vanilla spice. The lively palate is rich and creamy and finishes with smooth and well-matured tannins. Gentle presence of oak on nose and palate completes this delicious wine. The wine was matured for 18 months in 20% 2nd fill, 60% 3rd fill and 20% 4th fill French oak barrels.
PINOTAGE PRIVATE CELLAR *201223.45
Rich and intense red colour. Vibrant nose of red fruit, brambleberry, ripe cherry and cranberry. These delicious aromas carry through onto a rich, creamy palate that is finished off with well balanced refined tannins. The well integrated oak lends subtle wood spices which compliments the fruit.
Top 10 Pinotage SA Wines Class.
PINOTAGE PRIVATE CELLAR201324.25
Rich deep and intense red colour. Complex and vibrant nose of red berries, ripe cherry and plum backed by pure Rijks Pinotage fruit. These delicious aromas carry through onto a rich, creamy palate with superb concentration of tannin and well-integrated oak with subtle wood spices complimenting the fruit. Matured for 22 months in 60% French and 40% American 300 litre oak barrels. Barrels were 40% new, 40% 2nd fill and 20% 3rd fill.
Tim Atkin: 88
PINOTAGE RESERVE *201335.30
Deep red colour has intense red fruit aromas of cherry, strawberry and cranberry with underlying coconut and cinnamon spice on the nose. These exquisite aromas carry through onto a rich, creamy lingering palate. Silky well integrated and elegant tannins shows the perfect harmony and balance. Superb fine dining wine.
Top 10 Pinotage SA Wines Class., Tim Atkin: 94
PINOTAGE RESERVE201437.00
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit; full bodied. Special Reserve selection from 15 of the finest barrels. Intense and deep dark colour. Complex and multi-layered red fruit aromas of cherry, strawberry and cranberry on the nose. These expressive aromas carry through onto a rich creamy palate, lingering long after. Silky well integrated and elegant tannins shows the perfect harmony and balance. Superb fine dining wine. Matured for 22 months in 60% new and 40% 2nd fill French oak barrels.
Tim Atkin: 94, Top 10 ABSA Pinotage Competition
PINOTAGE / SYRAH BLEND *201326.80
Rich and intense red colour. Vibrant and complex nose of mulberry, dark chocolate and some hints of fynbos perfume. Pinotage adds the fruit and richness, while Syrah adds the structure and spice. The mid palette is creamy and finishes with well-rounded mature tannins. Well-integrated oak lends subtle wood spices which compliment the fruit. 67% Pinotage 33% Syrah
Tim Atkin: 91
PINOTAGE 888 GOLD LABEL *201193.00
PINOTAGE / SYRAH BLEND201426.80
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit will be found in this full bodied blend of 67% Pinotage and 33% Syrah. Rich and intense red colour. Vibrant and complex nose of mulberry, dark chocolate and some hints of fynbos perfume. Pinotage adds the fruit and richness, while Syrah adds the structure and spice. The mid palette is creamy and finishes with well-rounded mature tannins. Well-integrated oak lends subtle wood spices which compliment the fruit. The Pinotage matured for 22 months in 60% French and 40% American 300 litre oak barrels, and the Syrah for 22 months in 100% French oak barrels. 50% new, 30% 2nd fill and 20% 3rd fill were used for maturing.
Tim Atkin: 90
SHIRAZ (Touch of Oak)201410.75
This fruit driven Shiraz from the cool 2014 vintage has an intense ruby red colour with attractive plum and red fruit aromas on the nose with hints of nougat and dark chocolate. The palate is layered with flavour, has a creamy mouthfeel refined and smooth tannin on the finish. There is a gentle touch of oak on the nose and palate that compliments this delightful wine. Matured for 18 months in 20% 2nd fill, 45% 3rd fill and 35% 4th fill French oak barrels.
SHIRAZ PRIVATE CELLAR200722.35
This noble wine from a great 2007 vintage shows an enchanting deep red colour and aromas of prunes, bay leaf and liquorice. There is a lively acidity with a youthful tannin structure that keeps this wine fresh and vivacious. The palate is broad, creamy and has a lasting aftertaste.
Platter: ****, Parker: 91, IWR: 91
SHIRAZ RESERVE *201228.50
Elegance, finesse, complexity and concentration of fruit – full bodied. Special Reserve selection. Exceptional vibrant deep red colour. Complex nose of white and black pepper spices with bramble and black fruit undertones. Vibrant acid level which carries through onto a multi-layered rich palate that is rounded off by smooth silky tannins. The integration of oak spice and tannin adds real depth and complexity. Matured for 22 months in 40% new and 60% 2nd fill 300l French barrels.
Tim Atkin: 91
ESTATE SYRAH *200730.45
Intense deep red colour. The nose explodes with aromas of coriander, liquorice and cloves. The wine's broad mouth feel is kept fresh by beautiful refined tannins. A subtle use of oak compliments its natural character. Won a Gold Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010.
Platter: ****, IWR: 91

Rustenberg

Vineyards producing the grapes for Rustenberg wines climb the rich red slopes of the Simonsberg and Helderberg. The style of wine determines the vineyard to be used. A range of slopes allows site-specific plantings that enhance varietal characteristics.

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CHARDONNAY *201610.70
Apricot, coconut and orange peel aromas followed by flavours of marzipan, sponge cake and citrus rounded off with carefully judged oak and balanced, fresh acidity.
Prescient Chardonnay Report: 95; Tim Atkin: 92, Top 10 Chardonnay SA Wines Class.
CHARDONNAY201811.10
Apricot, coconut and orange peel aromas followed by flavours of marzipan, sponge cake and citrus rounded off with carefully judged oak and balanced, fresh acidity. Matured for 10 months in 25% New French oak (remainder 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill oak)
CHARDONNAY FIVE SOLDIERS201725.10
Characters of ripe citrus, melon and peach with great minerality, rounded out by well-judged oaking. A very complex wine with a long and creamy finish and a good acid backbone. Matured for 15 months in 70% new Burgundian 300l Hogsheads (remainder 2nd fill)
ROUSSANNE20159.95
This wine has a fragrant perfume of lilies, as well as peach and apricot fruit with complex flavours of green apple, are evident on the palate. Characters of sweeter pineapple, flesh out the mid-palate and give weight to a peppery the finish with great minerality.
Decanter: 92
ROUSSANNE20189.95
This wine has a fragrant perfume of lilies, as well as peach and apricot fruit with complex flavours of green apple, are evident on the palate. Characters of sweeter pineapple, flesh out the mid-palate and give weight to a peppery the finish with great minerality. Unoaked.
SAUVIGNON BLANC *20178.50
The Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc is grown at some of the highest altitudes that vineyards are grown at in the Stellenbosch region; just over 550m above sea level. The cooling effect of altitude and the oceanic breeze make this ideal for the production of a full flavoured, more tropical styled Sauvignon Blanc. Made without the influence of oak, the wines are aged on their lees for further palate weight and complexity to balance out the wines' natural acidity. Notes of tropical fruits, melon and gooseberry, with underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit.
Michelangelo: Double Gold
SAUVIGNON BLANC20187.95
The intrinsic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics of tropical fruits, melon and gooseberry, with underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit sustained on a fresh, crisp and well-balanced palate with prodigious length. Unoaked.
ROSE - PETIT VERDOT20176.95
This rose exhibits aromas and flavours of red fruits: strawberries, cranberries and red cherries rounded by a fresh clean palate and food friendly palate weight.
Michelangelo: Gold; IWSC: Silver
ROSE - PETIT VERDOT20186.90
This rose exhibits aromas and flavours of red fruits: strawberries, cranberries and red cherries rounded by a fresh clean palate and food friendly palate weight. Unoaked.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON Peter Barlow *200926.95
The 2009 vintage has been hailed as one of the best vintages of the decade resulting in balanced, opulent and ageable wines. Concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceousness on the nose and palate.
Platter: ****½, Veritas: Double Gold, Parker: 93, IWC: 92+, Top 10 Cab. Sauv. SA Wines Class., Tim Atkin: 91
CAB. SAUV. Peter Barlow (Magnum 1,5) *201550.20
Cabernet Sauvignon from a single block on the Simonsberg. Serious, ambitious red with cassis, cigar box and dark plum flavours and layers of ageworthy tannins. Oak aged for 24 months in 64% new, 36% 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels. No Peter Barlow was bottled in 2014 and 2016.
Tim Atkin: 93; Platinum Medal Decanter World Wine Awards
JOHN X MERRIMAN201213.00
A powerful wine that rewards aging. In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, black currant and dark fruits complemented with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. As the wine ages and its fine grained tannins soften a softer more savoury palate develops revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity. 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec.
Platter: ****½
JOHN X MERRIMAN *201413.00
56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec.
Parker: 90; Natl. Wine Challenge: Double Platinum
JOHN X MERRIMAN (375ml)20166.50
The John X Merriman is a powerful wine that rewards aging. In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, black currant and dark fruits complemented with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. As the wine ages and its fine grained tannins soften a softer more savoury palate develops revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity. Blend consisting of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Matured for 20 months in 35% new French barriques; 65% 2nd & 3rd fill.
JOHN X MERRIMAN201612.95
The John X Merriman is a powerful wine that rewards aging. In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, black currant and dark fruits complemented with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. As the wine ages and its fine grained tannins soften a softer more savoury palate develops revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity. Blend consisting of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Matured for 20 months in 35% new French barriques; 65% 2nd & 3rd fill.
JOHN X MERRIMAN (Magnum 1,5l) *201625.90
The John X Merriman is a powerful wine that rewards aging. In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, black currant and dark fruits complemented with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. As the wine ages and its fine grained tannins soften a softer more savoury palate develops revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity. Blend consisting of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Matured for 20 months in 35% new French barriques; 65% 2nd & 3rd fill.
MERLOT201410.95
Rich aromas of blackberries, cassis, eucalyptus and dark chocolate follow through to a smooth palate that is both balanced and wellrounded with fine grained tannins. This wine can be enjoyed now or will benefit from maturation in ideal cellar conditions.
Ntl Wine Challenge: Double Silver
SHIRAZ201610.50
This Shiraz has plenty of natural brambly red and black fruit on the well-defined nose. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine line of acidity, crisp tannins and expressive red berry fruit mixed with spice and cloves on the finish. Matured for 16 months in 98% French oak and 2% American oak barrels.
SHIRAZ BUZZARD CLOOF201512.85
The wine exhibits an enticing nose of pepper, violets and ripe berry fruits which follow through to a well-structured and lengthy palate with fine grained tannins. Aged for 20 months in 40% new French & American barriques; 60% 2nd & 3rd fill.
Tim Atkin: 90; Parker: 91; Gold Medal Veritas Wine Awards

Two Oceans

"Styled for easy drinking, the Two Oceans range of varietal and blended whites and reds shows how it is possible to fuse character with elegance. These are well-proportioned wines that offer pure palate pleasure, giving them celebrated appeal."

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SAUVIGNON BLANC20155.55
Crisp, fresh and elegant with upfront tropical fruit, tangy gooseberry, a hint of green fig and fresh-cut grass. This wine has become a favourite in 80 countries. Pair it with grilled seafood, bouillabaisse, pasta and poultry dishes.
SHIRAZ Rosé20175.40
With a glorious colour of rose petals, an aroma of ripe berries and a tangy, fruity taste, it's easy to drink and super food-friendly. Enjoy lightly chilled to sip the heat away and team up with salmon, prawns, salads, poultry, pork, pasta and soft creamy cheeses.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON / MERLOT20165.65
Ruby red, beautifully soft and easy-drinking, its lovely ripe plum and red fruit flavours almost jump out of the glass. A great match with red meats like roast lamb, stews, grilled meat, carpaccio and kidneys.

Vergelegen

"NEW WORLD WINERY OF THE YEAR, Wine Enthousiast Magazine USA 2005" / "BEST SOUTH AFRICAN WINERY" Wine Magazine SA 2004-2008 / "MOST SUCCESSFUL PRODUCER" Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show SA 2002-2004/2006

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CHARDONNAY RESERVE *201615.95
The wine shows an attractive lemony yellow-green colour with a complex nose of citrus, white peach, pineapple, spice, citrus blossoms, apricot and buttered toast aromas. The taste is long and elegant with a lively minerality. Fermentation took place in 35% new French oak barrels (Francois Frere, Dargaud & Jaegle) and 50% second-fill and third-fill barrels.
Tim Atkin: 92; IWR: 93
GVB WHITE BLEND *201525.70
Pale green color with full ripe Semillon flavours dominating. The wine is rich and complex with a long aftertaste. Serve at 12-14C. Most enjoyable with oysters, crayfish, poultry and fish. Blend consisting of 40% Semillon and 60% Schaapenberg Sauvignon Blanc. The Semillon was fermented in 25% new Francois Frere barrels and the Sauvignon in old 500l barrels.
Platter: 95; IWR: 94
SAUVIGNON BLANC RESERVE201613.80
Bright, pale yellow. Pungent yet subtle scents of grapefruit pith, tarragon, crushed herbs and minerals. Broad, ripe and intense, with a slightly yellow-fruit sweetness to its penetrating fruit-driven flavours. Combines a wonderfully smooth texture with considerable power.
Tanzer: 91
SEMILLON RESERVE *201715.45
Herbal, leesy, spicy and tangy, with some candlewax and citrus notes and very fine oak. Fermentation took place in 225l French oak barrels. The wine was matured in barrel for eight months.
Tim Atkin: 94; IWR: 93
STRAW WINE201310.25
Grapes were either dried on the vines or on wooden pallets. The grapes were not crushed or de-stemmed but fermented on the skins. The fermenting sweet juice was transferred to old barrels for completion of alcoholic fermentation. Ripe, tropical fruit abounds on the nose but the wine does not become dull and uninteresting due to marvelous acidity and freshness on the palate. Serve well chilled at 8-10 degrees Centigrade. Do not serve with chocolate in any form! Blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon.
Platter: ****½
CABERNET / MERLOT20129.80
Bright dark red. On the nose striking cassis underlined with cedar and a fresh ripe fruit character. On the palate the freshness carries through with a sprightly lingering finish. Blend composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, and 2% Malbec.
Platter: ****; Tim Atkin: 90
CABERNET SAUVIGNON RESERVE201318.10
Quintessential New World Cabernet Sauvignon that ticks all the boxes. Big & muscular, tending towards fruit ripeness & beguiling generosity, puirity and restraint. Promising many years of development. Cabernet Sauvignon with a splash of Petit Verdot and Merlot. Matured in French oak.
Tim Atkin: 92; Platter: 93; IWR 92
CABERNET SAUVIGNON V *201256.50
Awarded 95 points by Tim Atkin, UK Wine Critic: Made as a varietal Cabernet Sauvignon since 2008, this is the top red at Vergelegen and demonstrates Andre van Rensburgs mastery of the variety. It is a focused, classically proportioned red, combining freshness with concentration, suppleness with structure. Aromatic and refined, it has plenty more to give. Drink: 2016-24. Fermentation took place in 100% new French oak. The V was matured in oak for 18 months.
Tim Atkin: 95; IWR: 94
DNA RESERVE *201315.50
Compote of berry fruit nicely rounded by chocolate and coffee notes. The tannin structure is round and soft with a lingering aftertaste. Enjoy with Karoo lamb rack, beef stews and pasta dishes. 2013 was a warm year with good, healthy grapes at perfect ripeness. And vastly superior to the highly regarded 2007 and 2009 vintages. Cabernet Franc 75%, Merlot 20% & Cabernet Sauvignon 5%
Tim Atkin: 94; IWR: 91
GVB RED BLEND *201329.65
The 2013 is a beautiful and elegant wine with good concentration and lovely fruit. The tannins are ripe and the wine has a long aftertaste. Blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon 55%; Merlot 35%; Cabernet Franc 5% and Petit Verdot 5%. For maturation the wine went into 40% new French oak barrels for 17 months.
Tim Atkin: 94; IWR: 93
MERLOT RESERVE *201315.90
Ripe plum colour with a ruby rim. The nose shows ripe fruit flavours, black cherries, plum, spice and a touch of chocolate. The ripeness of the fruit is balanced by fresh fruit acidity with soft wood and fruit tannins. The aftertaste is long and lasting. Maturation took place in 225l French oak barrels for 16 months.
Tim Atkin: 92: IWR: 90
SHIRAZ RESERVE201515.75
Stunningly ripe and concentrated berry fruit including ripe black cherry fruit, hints of liquorice, violets and spice. The flavours on the palate are intense and long lasting with soft tannins leading to a clean finish. Serve at 15-17C - enjoy with venison and all barbequed and smoked meats. For maturation the wine went into 25% new French oak barrels for 17 months.
Tim Atkin: 91; IWR: 92

Villiersdorp

HANEPOOT JEREPIKO Sweet White WineNV6.05
My personal favourite with Tarte Tatin