2nd Chamber CarignanR175.00
About the Wine
This wine is all about personality. Kyle Martin, the man behind the wine oozes personality and like an artist he uses the wine to express two of his great loves: hip hop music and Kung Fu movies. The name is inspired by one of the most iconic retro Kung Fu movies The 36th Chamber of Shaolin which in turn inspired one of the most Iconic Hip Hop albums ever made 36 Chambers. The label tells it all and if you are wondering what’s written in giant Chinese it’s the symbol of the year of the pig, which is what 2019 was in the Chinese calendar and yes the wine is a 2019 vintage.
Wine, Kung Fu, Hip Hop what’s not to like, it’s a bold and adventurous wine, Kyle considers himself an adventurer indeed his wine company is named Caravel wine after the Portuguese sailing boats that discovered the world.
Why Carrignan you ask? Why not, it is a suitably interesting grape to match the incredibly interesting story behind the wine. There are some fabulous examples of Carrignan being made in South Africa at the moment. It suits a lot of the terroir in the Western Cape and weather adding structure to a blend or a fruity example on its own, I am happy to drink lots of it. Only 1400 of these bottles were ever made and we were only able to get out hands on a few of them so grab them when you can.
Mulberry and aniseed are prominent on the nose. The palate is bursting with lots of red fruits like cranberry and raspberry; it is an incredibly juicy wine. It has a lovely balance to it, some great acidity keeping the luscious fruit together and it is medium bodied. The finish leaves an enjoyable lingering sweet and spicy flavour. It is quite a versatile wine that can compliment a number of different dishes, mine went down really well with grilled pork belly and roast potatoes
Fairies in the Garden, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc BlendR165.00
About the Wine
This wine is beautiful from its stunning label to the floral aromatics. It can suitably be described as pretty. But don’t be deceived by that, it is a pretty serious wine. Chris Groenewald, the man behind it, is a proper wine man. His day job has been operating some of the coolest wine bars in Cape Town and his passion for wine is unparalleled. It goes without saying that the wine he makes for himself will be top shelf stuff. The wine is made with minimal intervention and the Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer are made exactly in the same. It is mostly Gewurtz hence the aromatics but the 20% sav blanc adds a lovely acidity and vibrancy to the wine.
The story behind the name is perhaps what is most endearing about this wine. It is a reminder that we should not take ourselves too seriously and it’s cool to be a kid again and dream of fairies in the garden. Which is exactly what the aramotics of the wine fermenting in the cellar did to Chris when he was making it, it smelt like Turkish delight and gingerbread and reminded him of the fairytales we listened to when we were young. I think the label paints that picture beautifully.
Elegant and pretty floral notes with Turkish delight and candied fruit prominent. On the palate there is a lovely grippiness that gives some extra bite to the texture, which is quite mouth filling. The wine is held together by a refreshing acidity that balances out the aromatics. The finish is long and dry with subtle hints of rose water. This wine will work wonders with Asian cuisine, I could smash this with a Thai Red Curry.