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Mixed 3-pack

Drink tradition: Rayas, Huet and López De Heredia

In an era of regular new and exciting releases, it’s easy to overlook the legendary producers that paved the way a century ago. Founded in 1928, 1880 and 1877 respectively, we offer you Rhône from Rayas, Loire from Huet and Rioja from López de Heredia that have been produced in the same style for many decades. Order the mixed 3-pack and get free delivery anywhere in SA.

 

Thelema Rabelais

Thelema’s 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (SA)

You may not be aware that Thelema’s flagship Rabelais is actually a reserve selection of the estate’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon. The Rabelais 2015 is perhaps their finest Cabernet Sauvignon, even finest red, yet! Greg Sherwood MW agrees that this ‘epic rendition’ is ‘a high point of hedonistic, compact opulence’. Containing a smidgeon of Petit Verdot, it offers more power and decadence and has broader shoulders than the estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Matured in 100% new oak, it is built to last and showcases Thelema’s signature elegance.

Skeleton Bay Chenin Blanc

Knock-out, old-vine Chenin with 94 points – only R120 (SA)

We wholeheartedly agree with Christian Eedes’ 94-point score for the 2018 Rudi Schultz Skeleton Bay Chenin Blanc. It is indeed ‘beguiling’. Last week, we tried a bottle and were taken with its complexity, verve and grown-up nature. It offers loads of intrigue at this astounding price. Schultz Family Wines is the ‘own label’ of Rudi Schultz, the winemaker at Thelema in Stellenbosch since 2000. It will age gracefully for a couple of years but why wait – stock up and try some soonest. We promise you’ll want some more.

Waterford The Jem

Waterford The Jem 2014 – ‘Icon wine apart from its competitors’ (SA)

One of the most defining elements in red wine is the quality of the tannins, and we haven’t tasted any finer than those in Waterford’s The Jem 2014. There is no better flagship Stellenbosch blend to lead SA’s luxury wine market. The tannins and precision make your heart skip a beat. To our minds, this is Stellenbosch’s most mature and accomplished icon red. Greg Sherwood sums it up best: ‘With the more recent vintages I can see the evolving tannin elegance, the textured nuances, interwoven acidity and exotic herbal Italianesque spices that set this icon wine apart from its competitors.’

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Cult Côtes du Rhône Syrah (FR)

2016 marked Jean-Paul Jamet’s 40th vintage at the family domaine above Ampuis in Côte-Rôtie. Jean-Paul was instrumental in moving the northern Rhône from subsistence farming towards being one of the greatest wine regions in the world. As one of the first to bottle their own wines and focus on quality, Jamet has remained staunchly traditional in a changing era of ripe, heavily oaked wines. Today, we offer the incredibly good value Jamet Côtes du Rhône 2016 – an assemblage from parcels located on the upper slopes of the Ampuis commune. 100% Syrah, it’s elegant, perfumed, visceral and delicious!

 

Kanonkop Pinotage 2017

Kanonkop 2017 – Better than 2015? (SA)

After extensive tastings of the 2017 whites and Pinot Noirs, we believe the new Cape vintage could rival the great modern-day 2015 vintage for sheer quality. The 2017 Kanonkop Pinotage is the first of the blue-chip reds to be released and it demonstrates the balance and purity of the vintage. The 2017 is dramatic and brooding with typical Kanonkop fruit-richness and spice. In fact, it’s not far off the 96-point (Greg Sherwood MW) 2017 Black Label and offers relative value. This is the world pre-release with delivery at the end of April. Why not purchase 12 for the cellar and we’ll send you a complimentary bottle to try now?

Niepoort 2014s

Knock-out Burgundy outside the Côte d’Or (FR)

In 2018, Burgundy reached record prices and market share as wines on the secondary market shot up an astonishing 35% on top of already inflated prices. There is relative value to be found outside the famous appellations, however. Take some time to discover these outer regions where producers show a renewed focus in traditionally lesser-regarded terroirs. We have assembled 6 of our favourite white Burgundies, all Chardonnay, of course, that will challenge the status quo.

 

Boekenhoutskloof 2016s

SA’s finest Pinot Noirs – Storm 2017s (SA)

Hannes Storm has spent nearly 2 decades in the pursuit of Pinot Noir perfection. No single SA winemaker is more dedicated or focused on growing and vinifying Pinot and it shows. At our recent tasting, it was evident that the Hemel-en-Aarde is home to SA’s best Pinots. At the very pinnacle is the remarkable Storm trio – the Ignis, Ridge and Vrede Pinot Noirs. These are super special in 2017. To our minds, and not comparing them directly to Burgundy, these must be viewed as our ‘Grand Cru’ Pinots.

Patatsfontein

Limited, rare releases from star winemaker – Reenen Borman (SA)

Reenen’s accomplished hand and ever-increasing skills are especially impressive considering he is just 30. He’s possibly our finest new-generation winemaker at present and his latest releases, including a new goal-post-shifting Syrah, are just epic! These wines are rare, small-batch productions so stock up while you can.

 

Alto older vintages

Meerlust’s finest Cabernet since 1975 (SA)

The Meerlust name is synonymous with tradition, elegance and longevity. In fact, it was their Cabernet Sauvignon, produced since 1975, that was the first to carry the Meerlust label. As the Cabernet partner to our bestselling wine ever, the 2015 Rubicon, and considering its pedigree, the stature of the 2015 vintage and the quiet rejuvenation under Cellar Master Chris Williams’ guidance, the Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is extremely well priced.

Botanica Mary Delany Chenin Blanc

‘This now richly deserves SA icon status’ – Platter’s 2019 (SA)

‘Icon‘, ‘cult‘ and ‘famous‘ are just a few of the descriptors used for Ginny Povall’s under-the-radar Botanica Mary Delany Chenin Blanc. The 2017, from arguably our finest white vintage to date, has just been released and is an extraordinary wine having received its 7th Platter’s 5-star rating since its 2009 debut. A wine to take note of! The rise of Chenin Blanc in SA has seen many incredible releases but the second Botanica Untitled No1 release from the stellar 2017 vintage is a true unicorn wine.

 

Fleur de Thenac

Fleur De Thénac 2014 – Bordeaux lookalike bargain (FR)

Fleur de Thénac is produced within spitting distance of Bordeaux in the neighbouring commune of Bergerac. Literally just over the Bordeaux AOC border, the region produces similar wines but at a fraction of the price. The 2014 Fleur de Thénac was produced by a dream team led by Denis Durantou, the magician of Château L’Église Clinet. Drinking so well right now – plump and sensuous with a fresh lift and a dry, moreish finish – this absolute bargain is akin to Right Bank Bordeaux and has been called a ‘baby Pomerol’.

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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