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Niepoort 2014s

Bandol-inspired greatness: Benchmark Rosé (SA)

Bandol, in the south of France, sets the benchmark for fine rosé and at the very apex of Bandol rosé production is Domaine Tempier. It is their Mourvèdre rosé that serves as the inspiration behind what we think is SA’s most accomplished rosé – the 2018 Waterkloof Circumstance Cape Coral Mourvèdre Rosé. Besides both rosés being Mourvèdre-based, Domaine Tempier and Waterkloof also share a similar climate and situation albeit on opposite sides of the equator.

 

Boekenhoutskloof 2016s

Last chance on 2015 Stellenbosch Cabernet & our new tasting line-up (SA)

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon is an emerging category on the international wine scene as SA continues its fine wine revolution. While a few are already sold out, it’s worth reiterating. ‘In my 18 years at Tokara,’ said Miles Mossop before he left to focus on his own brand, ‘2015 is the best vintage I worked with.’ Many of you have already gone deep into the 2015s, either through en-primeur or our investment portfolios. Here is your last chance to buy at opening prices.

Grangehurst 2007

Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2018 release and a rare vertical pack (SA)

As one of SA’s fastest selling wines, few get to taste this famed Chardonnay at its prime. Excitingly, the Hamilton Russell 2018 Chardonnay release coincides with a limited edition vertical 3-pack (2015, 2016, 2017) of Emul Ross’ vintages, including the 2015 which was featured on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list at #11 – SA’s highest spot to date. Although Emul Ross might still seem new, this is his 4th Chardonnay release and he is clearly ensconced in the values of this pioneering property.

 

Alto older vintages

The re-emergence of Alto: A cape icon (SA)

Alto’s ‘65 and ‘70 Cabernets are some of the finest SA reds we have ever tasted. A recent 12-vintage vertical tasting of Alto Cabernets reaffirmed the standing of this terroir. We were so impressed with the freshness and structure of the Alto magnums that we secured a parcel of the best vintages. Alto is poised to reposition itself in the fine wine sphere and we feel that these wines are severely under-priced. You should get some while you can.

Natte Valleij 2017

Limited release: Natte Valleij 2017 Cinsault Collective Pack (SA)

Of the 135 Cinsaults from around the world scored on JancisRobertson.com, Natte Valleij holds the top two spots. This is a great achievement considering the 50+ Cinsaults on the SA market. With the Natte Valleij 2017 Cinsault Collective pack, you have the rare opportunity of going on a journey of discovery with winemaker Alex Milner. These elegant expressions of Darling, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Swartland Cinsault offer a perfectly curated tour of local terroirs from an excellent vintage.

 

Faustino Gran Reserva

Benchmark Gran Reserva Rioja – ‘Soul in a World of Bold Fruit’ (ES)

Bodegas Faustino has been producing Gran Reserva Rioja for 150 years and is the largest Gran Reserva house. The chalky soils of the Alavesa region gives the wine remarkable freshness and structure; allowing for decades of ageing. Their Gran Reserva is only made in the best vintages and released far later than Rioja law requires. The 2001 was Decanter’s Wine of the Year in 2013, with a huge 97 points, while the current 2005 vintage is beautifully fresh, expressive and pure. ‘A benchmark for a long ageing Rioja with quality,’ wrote Decanter.

Crystallum Peter Max Pinot Noir

Our best-selling Pinot Noir: Crystallum Peter Max 2018 just released (SA)

Singled out by American sommeliers as the only South African wine out of 8 ‘must-try’ wines of 2019, the Crystallum Peter Max is hot right now. It has consistently been our best-selling Pinot Noir, and the newly released 2018 is sure to continue with this trend. Crystallum wines are more serious and sure-footed with each release and the 2018 Peter Max is a pitch-perfect Pinot – especially at this price.

 

Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2017

These ratings. This price. The Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2017 (SA)

The Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2017 has received a Platter’s 5-star and was rated the best Sauv-Sém blend in SA. Although not directly comparable to Bordeaux, when you look at the scores and prices below, the Isliedh is a clear example of SA fine wine being under-priced. It’s a must-buy as one of our greatest whites that will easily age for a decade.

Les Vignerons Parisiens

‘Turbo’ Cinsault from Paris (FR)

It took quite some time to get permission to open the doors of Paris’s first urban winery, Les Vignerons Parisiens. It can be found on Rue de Turbigo in the Marais district. Strict appellation laws have been the backbone of French fine wine ever since Châteauneuf-du-Pape became an AOC in 1936. Focused on single varieties, the wines are all labelled Vin de France, farmed organically and produced using very simple winemaking.

Bernadotte 2014

Chateau Bernadotte 2014, classic old school Claret (FR)

Chateau Bernadotte has seen quite a bit of investment over the last few decades contributing to a steady rise in reputation. This is therefore a remarkable wine considering the price, a Haut-Médoc in name with Pauillac aspiration. 2014 was a great vintage in Bordeaux allowing terroir to shine and the Chateau Bernadotte 2014 offers refinement, elegance with a great structure. The acidity is particularly bright with freshness a hallmark along the length of the palate.

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.

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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