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Become a Wine Cellar Insider — 6 bottles delivered to your door each month

Roland and James

Do you find yourself drinking the same, boring wines every month? Right now, South Africa is being quoted as one of the most exciting wine producing countries while offering some of the best value wines in the world.

We all know how time consuming it can be to browse through shelves, uninspired, not knowing what to choose. Become a Wine Cellar Insider and trust the expertise of Wine Cellar’s professionals. Each month, James Pietersen and Roland Peens will select 6 exciting and delicious wines to be delivered straight to your door. Tasting over 5000 wines each year and with over 35 years of combined fine wine experience, they will choose wines that they drink on a regular basis – anything from larger, dependable producers through to cutting-edge Young Guns. They may even slip in an international wine to expand your drinking horizons. 

Take the guess work out of buying wine and have 6 bottles delivered to your door every month. The Wine Cellar Insider case is offered on a 6-month or 12-month subscription plan, or as a once-off purchase. Delivery is free and notes on each wine with food pairing ideas will accompany each case.

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This month’s Wine Cellar Insider case: February Mixed 6-Case

Tasting notes

'My February selection focuses on balance by bringing together wines from various regions and exhibiting different styles. Of the white wines in the pack, the Chardonnay is the lightest of the three, the Sauvignon Blanc is one of the finest barrel-fermented styles produced in South Africa at the moment, and the Chenin Blanc is serious and focused.

Because it’s still hot in February, I have added a light and fruit-forward Cinsaut to the pack. On the otherhand, the other two reds are a little more serious and demand food. While it is so hot, it is essential to pour these two at about 12°C as they will warm up in the glass quickly. I cannot stress how important temperature is in getting the most out of these delicious reds'. – James Pietersen

Dabar, Chardonnay 2016 – R 100
'Fermentation started in tank and finished in barrel. Matured for nine months in oak, 25% new. A subtle yet complex nose of burnt match, citrus, vanilla, wet wool and sea breeze. Pure fruit and electrifying acidity before a saline finish – has a real steeliness about it' – Christian Eedes, Winemag, 94/100

Lismore, Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – R 190
'Increasingly Bordeaux-like in terms of structure and flavour, Sam O’Keefe’s judiciously wooded Sauvignon is savoury, smoky and toasty, with 10% concrete eggs adding interest to its textured, nettley, spicy palate. The oak is beautifully integrated here. Drink 2017-21' – Tim Atkin, Special South Africa Report 2017, 94/100

Kottabos, Chenin Blanc 2017 – R 195
'Matured for 10 months in older oak. A pretty nose of lime, white peach, flowers and herbs plus the merest hint of leesy complexity. The palate, meanwhile, is light and pure with a lovely line of acidity and a long, steely finish.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag, 93/100

Skylark, Cinsault 2017 – R 150
'Its elegance and an enchanting palate have bewitched us and we knew that it needed to be delivered as a single variety.' – Adrian Dommisse

Le Riche, Richesse 2015 – R 150
‘Richesse is not a second wine but “an introduction wine”, according to Christo Le Riche. Using all five red Bordeaux varieties and 18% Cinsaut for the first time, it’s floral, forward and very appealing with bright acidity, leafy tannins and understated oak. 2018-22' – Tim Atkin, Special South Africa Report 2017, 91/100

Domaine Grand Veneur, Côte du Rhône Les Champauvins 2015 – R 215
'Deeper in color than the Cotes du Rhone Reserve, the 2015 Cotes du Rhone les Champauvins is a solid step up, with fabulously complex notes of Bing cherry, blueberries, raspberries, spring flowers and pepper all emerging from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, rich and beautifully textured, it tastes more like a Chateauneuf du Pape than a Cotes du Rhone. Drink it anytime over the coming 4-5 years.' – Wine Advocate, 90-92/100

 

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