Early Winter Wines from some of my favourite Producers…

Winter Vineyards in the Ceres Highlands for De Grendel Op die Berg Wines

These are some of our current enjoyments and all are suitable for early Winter drinking with a dish of well-prepared food.

De Grendel Rosé 2021

Made from purpose grown grapes for Rosé, this delicious blend of half each of Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon is the quintessential Cape Rosé. In the glass, a beautiful dark pink rose which pales out to a pale coral at the edges. The aromas are of exotic berries carry over on to the palate which has more than an undertow of rosé grapefruit. From entry there is a beautiful line of acidity which runs through the berried mid palate into the ling and gently waning aftertaste, Perfect with little squares of brown sourdough bread spread with cream cheese and thinly sliced smoked trout.

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De Wetshof Riesling 2017

Jancis Robinson, the well-known British Wine Writer calls Riesling “the greatest white wine grape in the world.” Who could argue with her. This wonderful, wonderful wine is a gem like pale citrine in the glass. Bright beguiling aromas of fruit and minerals. Grapefruit, ripe apple, sweet spice all follow on to the palate where there is a classical Riesling acidity line which runs through the generous mid palate into the long aftertaste. Here is also an undertow of turpene waxiness which makes the wine unique. Excellent food partner, think roast pork belly with crisp crackling and baked apples and real gravy. Good too with a mild vegetable curry.

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Durbanville Hills Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

With the cool climate of the Durbanville Wine Valley, Sauvignon Blanc was always sound for greatness. With this wine, made by Wilhelm Coetzee and his team, it shines. Gem like pale hay with youthful green flashes in the glass. The fine and seemingly never ending bubbles assist with the green aspect of the grape, asparagus, grass cuttings, also the ripe tropical fruits of the grapes picked at the end of the ideal ripeness window. Refreshing zingy palate with long farewell. Excellent as a mid morning refresher as well as food. Sushi, ceviche and sashimi make great partners.

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Groot Constantia Cape Ruby 2019

A Port by any other name, Boela Gerber makes this wine with the well-known Touriga Naçional, a grape used for Port production in the Doura Valley in Northern Portugal. And responsible for some delicious dry wines as well. This wine is matured in old 225l French oak barrels for a period of 22 months. A beautiful deep ruby at the heart which pales out at the edges. The aromas and rich and generous palate show spiced plums, black cherries and elderberries. Undertow of dark chocolate. The fortifying alcohol has been sensitively blended and are in perfect harmony with the soft tannins, well balanced sweetness and rich unctuous fruit. Perfect as a final course with a selection of fine cheese.

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Landskroon Cape Vintage 2020

The premium Port style wine of the Cape. Made by 5th generation Paul de Villiers on Landskroon Estate. A blend of 46% Tinta Barocca, 28% Tinta Amarela, 21% Touriga Naçional and 5% Souzao, a real mélange of grapes originating in the Douro Valley in Northern Portugal. Dark red of colour in the glass. The aromas are of soft sundried prunes and cherry tobacco. The year in previous fill French and American oak barrels, melds the components together to form a harmonious, unctuous blend with all the components in perfect harmony with each other. A truly impressive glass.

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Oldenburg Vineyards CL Red

Nic van Wyk has created a modern wine here, a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance, Merlot. After the elevation in the cellar the wine spent 6 months in 225 litre and 300 litre French Oak Barrels. Vibrant dark plum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are classical Bordeaux in style. Predominance of red fruits, berries, redcurrants, and those sappy bright red Morello cherries and plums. The Merlot component adds the savoury tomato component. The oaking adds oak spice and vanilla, roadside fennel. There is a presence of purple flowers. Rich and generous with good mouthfeel and weight. The tannins and a good line of acidity all meet up with the oak and the fruit in a long aftertaste. Chilled slightly it adds great pleasure to the drinking experience.

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Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel 2020

It was in 1971 that Frans Malan, pioneering owner of Simonsig Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation produced the first Cap Classique Wine in the Cape and called it Kaapse Vonkel. Today his sons Francois in the Vineyards and Johan in the Cellar continue this tradition with an expanded range of Cap Classiques. This vintage is a blend of the three classical grapes of Champagne, 51% Chardonnay, 47% Pinot Noir, and  2% Pinot Meunier. Classic elegant livery in tune with the elegance and refinement one expects from every bubble. The aromas are of Granny Smith apples, white flowers, and fresh baked Scottish Shortbread. The palate is a true refresher, the brilliant bubbles bring out the fruit, amongst which there is ripe white fleshed peaches. Zippy with a beautiful acidity line from beginning to end. Perfect as a sipping wine at any time. Superb with food, smoked fish, marinated fish, cold chicken or poached ham.

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Spier The Yellowwood Organic Red 2019

This is one of Spier’s Organic Wines, a blend by Spier Cellarmaster Johan Jordaan of 39% Malbec, 29% Merlot, 15%Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Shiraz and 7% Petit Verdot. In the glass the wine is ruby coloured at the heart which pales our to garnet at the edges. Aromas and palate flavours segue one into the other, blackcurrants, pomegranate arils and red cherries blend with a great line of acidity, in perfect harmony with the tannins which are very accessible. Great as a sipping wine and superb food wine. Smoked barbecued meats from the Vadas Smokehouse and Bakery on the Estate. At home. Loves meats off the braai.

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