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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: June Mixed 6-Case

Tasting notes

'We actually have short winters in SA and our window for drinking reds with a bit of weight and oomph is far shorter than we expect. As it’s the time for slow-cooked dishes, braises and chunky soups, my June selection leads with an earthy and mature Rioja and a dark, brooding Durif, also known as Petite Sirah, which offers bold, robust tannins. Both need food to be fully appreciated. The case is rounded out by a classic Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon, perfect for a Sunday roast, a textured and easy-drinking red blend from Paarl, and two bright and textured whites which pair excellently with soups and exotic, fragrant Asian dishes.

This exciting pack showcases a variety of wine regions, including Prieska which is one of SA’s newest ‘Wine of Origin’ demarcations, warmer climate regions like Paarl and Slanghoek, and it is completed with classics from Stellenbosch and Rioja.' – James Pietersen

Vina Cubillo, Crianza 2008 – R 270
‘This is usually a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo from 50-year-old vines that ferments in ancient oak vats, and ages in barrel for three years. This cuvée has increased its quality tremendously since the 1990s. These cooler years provide citric freshness, and a very fine texture and vibrant acidity. This is so easy to drink that it can be dangerous.' – Wine Advocate

The Blacksmith, The Basilisk 2017 – R 200
'From Paarl Durif. Dark fruit, dried herbs, earth and spice on the nose. Super-concentrated yet pure and fresh, the tannins particularly grippy, the finish savoury.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag

Neil Ellis, Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – R 165
'Deep, dark garnet colour and a bright ruby edge with aroma’s of black current, plum and spicy peppery notes with hints of liquorice. The palate shows dark fruit and spice supported by fine but firm tannins. This wine is youthful and fresh with a long lingering finish.' – Winemaker, Neil Ellis

Joostenberg, The Family Blend Red 2017 – R 95
'A full-bodied red wine with distinctive, plum and savoury notes. Elegant and refreshing.' – Tyrrel Myburgh, Winemaker

Opstal, Chenin Blanc 2017 – R 150
They have Chenin planted on various sites on their farm and this wine is a mash-up of the best of these sites. It has a great balance of zippy freshness to go with its aromatic complexity. Attractive aromas of pineapple, peach and citrus are well held together with a subtle spice and leesy complexity from the 8 months spent in large French oak Foundres.' – Attie Louw, Winemaker

Lowerland, Witgat Viognier 2017 – R 100
'Fine nuances of orange blossom, lime and nectarines on the nose. Elegant palate with well integrated acidity and edges smoothed over by ligyht touch of wood. Good concentration of fruits and a lenghty palate with lingering chalky tannins.' – JD Pretorius, Winemaker

 

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