2nd Chamber CarignanR175.00Read more
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
Bergsig Touriga Nacional 2015R200.00Read more
Ripe plum black currant and cherries all those wonderful dark fruits that remind you of Christmas are prominent on the nose and on the palate. I dare use the note Christmas cake aromatics, and though rather simplistic it is an incredibly appropriate way to describe this wine. Long on the finish and a wonderful chewy texture.
Brookdale Estate Mason Road SyrahR175.00Add to basket
About the Wine
Paarl has an undeserved poor cousin reputation in comparison to its more illustrious neighbors. Which is a shame as there is some magnificent wine coming out from there. Brookdale is a brand spanking new estate that is a shining example of that.
It first came to my attention in 2016 when Duncan Savage and his then assistant winemaker Kiarra Scott were having dinner at Burrata and told me of the amazing day they had planting new vines for a project they were working on in Paarl.
Fast forward five years and the vines they planted are 5 years old and Kiara now makes the wine there herself.
Kiara’s story is quite cool from growing up in Mitchell’s Plain to making wine in France and California and now her own winemaking gig all before the age of 30. But her own story is deserving of its own pages, the focus here is the wine. And what fantastic wine it is. Brookdale currently makes 2 chenins, a Syrah and a rosé.
I was blown away by the Syrah and hence it is the one I selected for offer number 8. From the first crop of the five year old vines, it already is showing incredible character.
In many ways this is blank canvas stuff. There is no track record or anything to refer to so it is very much learning on the go. Kiara jokes that young vines are like toddlers with lots of energy, and not quite sure what to do with it. She thus had to be very careful when harvesting to make sure only the best grapes made it into the wine.
The result is just fantastic and if this is only the beginning I will be incredibly excited to see what the future holds for Brookdale
Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2019R310.00Add to basket
About the Wine
I am incredibly excited to share this wine on the platform. I first came across it when I had advanced somewhat on my wine journey and was drinking and tasting international wines more frequently.
It is the sister to the Albion that we released on offer no 7 and I first bought it because I was familiar with the label. Often it is little things like that, that point you in the direction of something new. I was further attracted to it because of its price, it was and still is incredible value for money.
I was completely blown away, it is 100% Syrah from the Southern Rhone which is somewhat uncommon. I had never tasted a Syrah like it, more than that I had no idea that a Syrah could taste like that. Medium bodied, aromatic and perfumed, refreshing acidity… it’s just fantastic. I have been a huge fan ever since. It is a real privilege to hopefully share a similar experience with you.
The 2019 vintage is particularly good. Aside from the aromatics and texture that I have always enjoyed, the fruit on this is incredibly pure and expressive. It really completes the wine for me and really is one of the most exciting wines we have put on the platform.
Like on offer number 7 the two wines are similar but two very different examples from the Northern and Southern hemispheres. A classic old and new world comparison if you will. What is most exciting though, is that it is a showcase of excellent South African Syrah vs a Cotes du Rhone Syrah.
Clifton One GinR500.00Add to basket
Fashioned as a sipping gin. Which basically means do not add any tonic to this. This is rather interesting as gin is not very well known as the sort of thing that you knock back neat. I think it’s brilliant to find a product that does things differently from convention, backs itself to be awesome and then turns out to be exactly that.
Named after the iconic Clifton beaches in Cape Town, each found at the bottom of a cliff, it is a tribute to the beautiful beaches of the cape.
Do not take my word for it, have a sip of it on the rocks before you add any mixer, you may find that it is indeed an excellent sipping gin.
Floral notes dominante the nose and entry lavender being particularly prominent, at its core it has typical gin notes of juniper and sweet spices and finishes with a rich caramelised sugar note that lingers on the finish. The palate has a fantastic opulent creamy texture.
Colmant Sec ReserveR265.00Add to basket
Expressive and inviting nose with citrus and dried stone fruit prominent, notes of Lemon zest, dried apricots and bruised apple. The palate is well balanced, subtle and very well integrated, sweetness complimented with vibrant acidity. Dried stone fruit nectarine and peach linger on the mid palate. Foamy mousse with soft bubble notes of hazelnuts linger on the finish.
Creation Semillon 2019R220.00Read more
The texture on this wine is the real hero; it is just simply outstanding. You feel like you can literally chew on the wine. The texture is surrounded by prominent ripe yellow lemon flavours, hints or freshly cut grass and yellow plum. It has a pleasant persistent acidity, that provides a lovely zing that contrasts the creamy texture beautifully.
The nose is highlighted by a pretty Jasmine aromatic.
This is a wonderful serious summer wine, not the sort of wine to knock back by the pool in copious amounts. Rather the sort of wine you would have with a seafood platter, with an idyllic view and good company.
David and Nadia Saigneé Rosé 2019R135.00Read more
The mouth feel on this wine is just incredible, creamy and mouth filling and refreshingly crisp on the finish. It is the sort of wine that gets you in trouble because before you know it one glass has led to two and then the bottle is done and you are faced with difficult questions.
Pinotage makes great rose, with very clear and precise fruit. This is no exception, wonderfully juicy notes of strawberry and raspberry. Moderate alcohol of 13%. It is a wine made in a style to enjoy now, you are unlikely to keep it in your cellar for a very long time. That shouldn’t present a problem though.
De Meye Chenin Blanc 2019R125.00Add to basket
The vine is the hallowed factory that produces fruit year after year that allows us to drink and enjoy our favorite wines. I chose the word hallowed with good reason as it is a truth agreed upon by all that you cannot make good wine from bad grapes. You can of course very easily do the opposite and many do, but you won’t find any of those over here.
The vine is a living thing and with age just like most human beings it becomes wiser with age. It learns its environment better and how to survive in it indeed even thrive in it. It manages its water consumption better and moderates its yields concentrating more on quality versus quantity. For these reasons one should never take lightly any sticker on a bottle that says certified heritage vineyard. The vineyard that produced the wine would be part of the old vine project and would be at the very least 35 years of age. Older than many people that will enjoy a sip of it. The things those vines have lived through if they could talk, they would tell you a story or two.
The De Meye Chenin block was planted in 1978 and has been producing wine growing grapes for more than 40 years. For many of those years it was blended away as part of the large cooperatives produce. However, in more recent times it has got its time in the limelight and is now producing a stunning example of its own stand-alone chenin. De Meye is one of those small estates that has been around for ages and has a very proud history. As a smaller producer you will not find their wines too easily which is a pity as their entire range of wines are delightful. The wines are made by the incredible Francois Haasbroek formerly of Waterford and now with his own label Blackwater wines.
Commonly old vine chenin are wooded and can be very opulent showcasing the very best typically chenin characters of toasted oats and honey with lots of texture, sometimes a touch of sweetness. This though is a little different showing incredible freshness. At only 12% alcohol it has a refreshing crispness that compliments the typical chenin characters and a wonderful show of fruit
Lots of upfront freshness on both the nose and the palate, with an intense citrus fruit aromatic and flavour of lemon and lime. A wine of many layers the aromatic develops into an intense concentration of pear and yellow nectarine. The finish is long leaving the most pleasant lingering aroma of baked bran muffins. The wine with its diverse realm of aromatics and flavours is held together by a very precise acidity that is prominent from start to finish.
There is quite a lot going on with this wine allowing for quite a variety of potential pairings. With its pronounced acidity it would be a winner with pasta both cream based and tomato based.
Fairies in the Garden, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc BlendR165.00Read more
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.
Hampden RumR1,200.00Add to basket
Founded in 1753, Hampden Estate has been distilling rum for almost three centuries in the Trelawny Parish, historically known as the grand cru of Jamaican rum. In 2009, Hampden Estate started to age its Pure Single Rums, opening a new era in the world of spirits.
Produced with. Unique and partly secret methods that have remained unchanged since the 18th century, Hampden Estate has a distinct and iconic aromatic profile. This is in great part due to an extremely high level of esters achieved by a very long and complex process.
The rum has been aged for 8 years in the tropical Jamaican climate, equivalent to almost 25 years of maturation in the European climate.
Excellent for sipping and mixology.