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New Arrivals

Ao Yun

Moët Hennessy’s luxury Chinese wine – Ao Yun (SA)

China is on the fine wine map in a big way and this could be an indicator of change in the wine ‘world order’! We are excited to receive an allocation of this luxury wine from such an incredible region. What does it taste like? It’s similar to Bordeaux, with ample elegance and fine tannins, and it’s packed with rich fruit and excellent poise. After 4 years of searching across China, Moët Hennessy came across the perfect site to produce Ao Yun in the northern province of Yunnan.

 

DeMorgenzon Divas

Niepoort 2017s that just scream ‘Drink Me’ (PT)

These two wines have been Wine Cellar favourites for many years, so when the 2017s landed last week, we couldn’t wait to taste them. Good news: they are fantastic! From a typically warm vintage, the 2017 Ubuntu Tinto offers a perfect balance between rugged Douro fruit and finesse. Similarly, the dry and textured 2017 Drink Me Branco is full of character. Both are at their best with food and would be an interesting talking-point at the table.

Niepoort 2014s

Creation 2017 Pinot Noirs – Of the finest in South Africa (SA)

While earlier vintages of Creation’s Pinot Noirs were more modern and powerful, JC Martin’s new-release 2017s have ‘better definition and focus’ says Neal Martin. The purity of fruit and fine aromatics are what makes these 2017s most striking. In fact, we will go as far as saying that these two Pinots are two of SA’s finest and most exciting. 2017 will be etched in history as a truly great Cape vintage and it has been exceptional for the Creation Pinot Noirs.

 

Boekenhoutskloof 2016s

Special Bollinger 2006 Rosé (FR)

2006 was a stellar vintage in Champagne and Bollinger released a once-off vintage roséencased in the most spectacular metal cage. More importantly, the fruit comes from 84% Grand Cru and 16% Premier Cru vineyards and it was aged on the lees, on cork rather than crown cap, for 10 years! It’s a startlingly pure and fine Champagne with a sumptuous balance of red fruit and savoury length. Typical of Bollinger, it’s both powerful and elegant with the structure to mature for a decade. This is simply a phenomenal Champagne deal.

Grangehurst 2007

Direct from the cellar – Mature Grangehurst Cabernet Merlot 2007 (SA)

Shortly after establishing Grangehurst in 1992, Jeremy Walker, the original Young Gun, produced the now-famous 1993 which was the first-ever Winemag 5-star wine. The currently available Grangehurst Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2007 is of the same ilk and offers a great opportunity to acquire mature wine directly from the cellar. We also have limited magnums available, which are a real steal.

 

Opstal Chenin Blanc

Glenelly Lady May 2013 – Great expectations (SA)

‘A wine made for ageing; the 1873 Lafite-Rothschild is our benchmark,’ – Luke O’Cuinneagain, Winemaker. Glenelly was established in 2003 with a clear vision to produce long-ageing fine wine. Much work has gone into the vineyards, cellar and winemaking but, more notably, their old-world patience has contributed to an excellent 2013 Glenelly Lady May. This is pedigree Stellenbosch Cabernet at its very best. Since 2011, there has been a real sense of refinement to this cuvée.

Gabriel-Glas World's best

World’s best wine glass – Gabriel-Glas (AT)

After rigorously testing 5 'best of the best' universal wine glasses, Wine Folly has chosen the Standard Gabriel-Glas as the 'World's Best Wine Glass'. We love the versatility of these exceptional glasses and have been using them at our tastings and events for 2 years. The Gabriel-Glas was designed by renowned Swiss wine critic René Gabriel, who set out to produce a ‘One for All’ glass that would complement everything from Champagne to red wine.

 

Platter's Guide 2019

Platter’s 2019 – Our top value picks! (SA)

Every year, the Platter’s Guide is released with great anticipation. During the course of the year, we’ve highlighted many of this year’s top wines, including Alheit Vineyards, Savage, Boekenhoutskloof, Sadie Family, Crystallum and many more. There is a marked increase in the average price which speaks to the quality of SA’s top wines. However, we have highlighted a handful that offers exceptional value.

Kanonkop Black Label 2017

‘Akin to facing down a glass of Romanée Conti’ – Kanonkop Black Label (SA)

On the back of a massively successful year, we are offering the latest releases from SA’s premier producer – the very impressive 2017 Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage and the classic 2014 Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon. ‘The lasting impression of this wine on the palate is the vitality, precision, knowhow and authority that beam from the glass akin to facing down a glass of Romanée Conti Burgundy...’ – Greg Sherwood MW on the 2017 Black Label Pinotage.

 

Keermont Single Vineyards

SA’s most under-the-radar winery: Keermont Single Vineyard releases (SA)

Keermont must be SA’s most under-the-radar winery. Besides the wines being excellent and produced in minute quantities, we are astounded by the value they offer; especially when considering that entry-level wines from the Northern Rhône cost about the same. ‘If Topside is Alex Starey’s Côte Rôtie, then Steepside is his Cornas.’ – Tim Atkin MW.

New Liberator

New Petite Sirah and a Perfectly Flawed egg (SA)

Rick is the alter ego of Master of Wine Richard Kelley – an intrepid Cape crusader seeking to liberate rare wines from across the Cape. Each ‘episode’ is a once-off and, until now, the Liberator wines have been solely for export. R25 from the sale of each bottle will be donated to spieel.org – an amazing NPO that develops and implements applied arts therapy programmes around the winelands.

Restless River AIP

Restless River features in our new Alternative Investment Portfolio (SA)

Following the success of the 2015 VIP, we have created a new investment portfolio to take advantage of the last of the key 2018 stocks. The Alternative Investment Portfolio(AIP) features rising stars along with famous historical producers with the aim of maximum returns. The R40,000 product, including free cellaring for 5 years, is an instant cellar of SA’s finest and most sought-after wines.

Wine Cellar offers the greatest wine region in the world en-primeur (as futures). 2017 will be our 17th Bordeaux campaign and will be offered from April 2018 onwards for delivery in 2020.
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Wine Cellar imports fine wine from Europe, offers antipodean wines, fine local wines as well as brokers your fine wine. We also focus on selling wines en-primeur (as futures) from Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône.
We offer tastings in Johannesburg and Cape Town; from comparative tastings for private and corporate groups to tastings of our latest imports for the public. We also offer luxury dinners paired with rare wines.
Professional cellaring of single bottles for private clients through to pallet loads for trade clients. Wines are stored at 14 degrees in our secure underground cellars in Observatory, Cape Town.
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