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This month's value club case

July Mixed 6-Case

Tasting notes

'I drink wine on a daily basis and, every so often, I just require a small sip of wine with my evening bite of food. One of my favourite choices to do the job is a glass of Fino Sherry. Dry, fresh and incredibly versatile with food, it lasts a couple of days in the fridge so there’s no need to finish the bottle.

Seeing as it’s winter, I’ve included more reds in this month’s pack. One is on the more refreshing side, for the odd sunny and warm day, while the other three reds are juicier, richer and more robust than our usual selections. Finally, this month’s white wine is a classy, oak-aged Chardonnay as deftly wooded whites are just delightful at this time of year.' – James Pietersen

Fable Mountain Vineyards, The Raptor Post Red 2016 – R 110
'The Raptor Post Red 2016 from Fable Mountain Vineyards is a great little find – a blend of 50% Grenache, 39% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre, it provides terrific quality relative to its price... Fermentation was spontaneous, a small portion whole bunch and maturation lasted 12 months in older 500-litre barrels. The nose shows red and black fruit, some incense-like perfume, white pepper and spice plus a little earthiness. The palate is light-bodied with lemon-like acidity and fine but not ungrippy tannins. A super-flavourful drop.' – Christian Eedes, 91/100

Boschkloof, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018 – R 105
‘A full-bodied, oak matured red wine with intense deep ruby black colour. Ripe plum, herb, chocolate and complex toasty oak bouquet. A concentrated middle palate with a long after-taste of blackberries and undertones of vanilla, fruit and spice. Good to drink now, but will continue to improve for the next 3 – 5 years.’ – Boschkloof Wines

Paserene, The Shiner 2016 – R 160
'Shiner sees the masculinity of good old Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon rounded by small portions of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The wine boasts seductive notes of raspberries and black currants, with herbaceous and savoury notes. The palate is stylish and complex with traces of aniseed and liquorice dominating generous fruit and light but graceful tannins. Drink the mystery.' – Paserene

Emilio Lustau, Puerto Fino 375ml NV – R 160
'A brilliant sherry from Lustau, the dry, austere, intensely flavorful non-vintage Puerto Fino exhibits a light green/amber color as well as notes of crushed sea shells, hazelnuts, and spice. This is a top-notch Fino to consume over the next year.' – Wine Advocate, 90/100

Uva Mira, The Mira Chardonnay 2017 – R 220
'Reductive, smoky nose and packed with lemon, tangerine, salty caramel and Golden Delicious apple flavours with a nutty/mealy oak character. Very good length and balance.' – Decanter, 95/100

The Smuggler's Boot, Pinot Noir 2015 – R 245
'Attractive strawberry, savoury and star anise spice linger on the nose. Juicy and sumptuous on the mid palate with breadth of flavour offset by a nimbleness of fresh acidity, friable tannins and sinuous mouthfeel, this Pinot unwraps to earthy, fennel, chocolate and a hint of incense to a long supple finish.' – Richard Kershaw MW, Winemaker


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