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New fine wine releases

South Africa has a plethora of talented winemakers producing a variety of inspiring wines. Many of these are released between May and August and sell out in a flash. Below, we have highlighted just a few of these exciting wines that we don't want you to miss out on. Please let us know should there be any specific wines you are interested in.

Carl van der Merwe, winemaker at De Morgenzon, is at the helm of the heritage-inspired wines from The Great Wine Company. From Stellenbosch, these wines pay homage to the role of Chenin Blanc, Semillon and Cinsaut in our history. The very limited B Vintners Terroir Specific releases by Gavin Bruwer, a past Young Gun, focus on unique Stellenbosch sites. As for the Van Wyk Family Wines, they have a real sense of exploration about them. Justin van Wyk offers a completely different aesthetic with his two wines compared to those he makes for Constantia Glen.

Please note, some of these wines are extremely limited.

 

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The Great Wine Company, The Great White 2015

The debut 2015 The Great White, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Chenin Blanc, has a pretty bouquet with lime flower and red apple scents, a touch of yellow flower and cold rock. The palate is fresh on the entry with great balance and poise, the acidity nicely judged with pure white peach, nectarine and saline notes towards the satisfying long finish. This is well worth seeking out, although only available in South Africa at the moment. Drink 2017-2021. – Neal Martin, 90/100

R160 per bottle
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The Great Wine Company, The Great Red 2015

The 2015 The Great Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It has a seductive bouquet: mulberry, crushed strawberries and a touch of iodine percolating through. The palate is well balanced with a smooth texture amd plenty of roundness in the mouth, just showing a touch of reduction on the finish. Give this a year in bottle. Drink 2018-2024. – Neal Martin, 88/100

R170 per bottle
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B Vintners, Reservoir Road Pinot Noir 2015

The 2015 Reservoir Road Pinot Noir comes from bush vines (unusual for this variety). It has a ferrous nose with good intensity, very well delineated and with a touch of garrigue emerging with time that lends it a subtle Rhône-like bent. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine backbone, dark cherry and raspberry fruit with black pepper and clove, the finish saline that begs you back for another sip (the coastline is less than a couple of miles away, which might explain that trait). Give this a year in bottle and then it should give you 10-12 years of pleasure. Drink 2019-2032. – Neal Martin, 92/100

R185 per bottle
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B Vintners, Strandwolf Chardonnay 2015

The 2015 Strandwolf Chardonnay comes from a granite sector of a block in the Polkadraai Hills, so that represents around 60% of the vineyard from where Bruwer sources his Strandwolf. It has a precise and focused bouquet with hints of almond and nutmeg, reserved and linear, yet quite compelling. The palate is fresh and saline on the entry, a marine vein that infuses the citrus fruit, very well balanced and quite intense with a long, stem ginger finish. Drink 2018-2030. – Neal Martin, 91/100

R180 per bottle
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Van Wyk Family Wines, Olivia Grace 2016

43% Chenin Blanc from Breedekloof, 26% Chardonnay from Montagu, 26% Riesling from Stellenbosch, 5% Viognier from Constantia. On the nose, citrus and white peach with floral perfume and spice in the background. The palate shows concentrated fruit and fresh acidity. An idiosyncratic offering – the unusual combination of varieties providing plenty of interest. – Christian Eedes, 91/100

R220 per bottle
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Van Wyk Family Wines, Rebecca May 2016

The 2016 Rebacca May is a blend of 62% Cinsault and 38% Syrah that is matured in used 500 and 225-liter oak barrels. All the Cinsault was whole bunch and approximately half the Syrah. It has a tightly wound bouquet at first that demanded coaxing from the glass: boysenberry, raspberry and touches of pressed violets. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, a gentle grip in the mouth with such balance that you almost forget the structure and the freshness. The use of whole bunch works really well here and feels very persistent on the aftertaste. This is excellent. Drink 2018-2028. – Neal Martin, 91/100

R220 per bottle
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