Joseph Barry MuscatR475.00Add to basket
The Joseph Barry Muscat is a tribute to hanepoot, a Klein Karoo icon. This pot-still brandy is one of only two in the country made from Muscat d’Alexandrie (hanepoot). Matured for three years in small French oak barrels, it has a brilliant golden colour, distinct taste of sun-ripened raisins. Floral sweet aromas enhanced by spicy oak and a lingering finish without a hard burn.
Ladismith Potstill Brandy 8 Year OldR650.00Add to basket
Triple international gold award winning potstill brandy from Ladismith in the Klein Karoo. Double-distilled in copper pot stills and matured in French oak which unlocks the complex flavours and golden amber hues over time. This potstill brandy has woody and nutty aromas, notes of jasmine and vanilla on the palate and a lingering aftertaste. The finest brandy in South Africa.
Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon 2014R675.00Add to basket
From my time working for a winery in Stellenbosch I came to intimately understand the significance of cab in Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch is cab country and you would need a lot more than your ten fingers to count the extremely good cab producers in Stellenbosch. Thus to carry the reputation of the king of cab is a crown that sits heavy on the head. Yet year after year Le Riche keeps producing worlds beating Cabernets. All the more impressive is that there has been a handing over of the batton from father to son, and now the wine is made by Cristo Le Riche. For those that follow it closely the style has changed but the quality has remained supreme. Thus when putting this christmas list together, there had to be a cab, because cab is everything and it had to be Le Riche. I was incredibly fortunate to get allocated to share with you a few bottles of the 2014.It is a 6 year old Cab which is really coming into its own now. Notable and sighty unusual for a Stellenbosch cab it is in context fairly lightly wooded, with only 15% new oak used, a likely cause of the still very prominent primary fruit. It can certainly keep much longer but it is also much more ready to drink now then it would have been 2 or 3 years ago. It is showing a lot more detail and a lot more nuance now, it is a fantastic example of Cabernet and would be a welcome addition on your christmas table.
Olifantsberg Blanc 2017R225.00Add to basket
I first came across Olifantsberg when I was at Burrata and my good friend Kyle Martin introduced me to the brand. It is impossible to taste everything and even more farfetched to know everything. Thus creating strong networks is key and when someone you trust asks you to try something, you will generally do so. That is basically how I stumbled upon Elizma who makes the wine at Olifantsberg. She came for lunch at the restaurant with Kyle cracked open the wine and the rest is history. At the time white Rhone varietals like Roussanne were getting their time in the limelight and there were some amazing examples entering the market, mostly as blends. Most of them came in at a hefty price point and I was weary when I tasted the blanc that it would fall into that category. I was thrilled when it wasn’t and it went straight from the lunch table onto the winelist. It’s a blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chenin. It was for me then and still is one of the best White blends being produced in South Africa. It thus proudly takes its place on the list of our favourite things.
Red Blend 2018 KumushaR200.00Add to basket
Ideally we wanted to have the very first vintage of the Kumusha red to have under our Christmas tree, but unfortunately every last bottle is sold out. We have thus taken the very last of the second vintage from Tinashe’s personal vinoteque. His loss is our gain as this is the last vintage which had the picture of his grandfathers homestead on the label. By the time got to this vintage he had a much clearer idea of the wine that he wanted to create. The amount of cab is a lot more to have more depth and structure. There is still quite a bit of Cinsault to soften the cab and add elegance. It follows the blueprint of the traditional Stellenbosch dry reds which are believed to have been a combination of Cabernet and Cinsault. Two years of development since it was bottled in 2018 the wine is looking really good and we are very proud to be able to offer it as one of our Christmas selections.
The Jem 2004 by WaterfordR3,850.00Add to basket
We pushed the boat out a little bit with this one. This will make a really special gift for anyone that has a deep appreciation of wine. When it was released it was, I am told the most expensive South African wine at the time. Certainty if not the most expensive it was still right up there. It takes a certain amount of bravado to make a new product and then price it right at the top of the tree. The man who made it had been making fantastic wine for years before that at Rust en Vrede, wines that are still revered today. Thus there was substance behind the confidence. Kevin himself identified the site where Waterford stands today and is deeply entrenched in every detail of the philosophy of the wine. The Jem was made to be an expression of the very best sites on the estate. It is a blend of at least 8 different cultivars through the backbone of the blend is always Cabernet Sauvignon. It is truly one of the most iconic South African wines ever produced and is regarded by many as the yardstick for premium wine. The first vintage of the Jem was 2004 and we are absolutely delighted to have been able to get a few bottles of that vintage to offer in the xmas store. The 04 Jem is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Shiraz, Mouvedre and Barbera. It is fantastic to be able to have the opportunity to present something iconic, it is even more amazing to be able to present the very first one made.
TMW Chenin 2016 by Tim Martin WinesR120.00Add to basket
This wine tastes very complete. It is a wonderful balance of pure bright yellow fruits, loquat comes to mind. Growing up in Kenya loquats grew everywhere and I have eaten more than my fair share. The palate on this wine reminds me of that juicy sweet fruit with its zingy acidity. There is a lot more going on though besides just the fruit, there is a very pure wet stone like minerality and just a touch of salinity. Which might sound unusual but I think in the same way a pinch of salt works in a cake recipe, that salinity just enhances the complex flavours going on in this wine. Enjoy and indulge on it now, it is a wonderful wine with the right amount of complexity to keep you company when you unwind at the end of the day, or to pair with summer food. Such a pity no more was made.
Wholebunch Syrah 2019 by GabrielskloofR200.00Add to basket
I am a huge fan of Gabrielskloof wines. I think for the entire time I worked in restaurants, I had a “Gabby” on the list. The wines are made by Peter-Allan Finlayon, one of the most consistent and talented people making wine in South Africa. The wholebunch was also a discovery that I stumbled across while looking for something else. I had a long weekend with close friends by the beach and went out wine tasting on one of the days. Gabrielskloof was not too far away and because I knew the wines well I knew it would not disappoint. It didn’t, in fact it surprised me with the Wholebunch. At the time it was available at the farm and had I not found myself at Gabrielskloof that day, I may have missed out on it completely. It is absolutely delicious, a crunchy light and aromatic style shira, that you could wind down with, smash with a burger with or have with a serious steak with. I love to discover chameleon wines that can fit into any occasion, it is incredibly satisfying and this for me is right up there. For that reason it makes it on to the christmas list.