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This month's value club case

March Mixed 6-Case

Tasting notes

'South African white wine is on fire right now, especially the whites from the highly-rated 2017 vintage. The value they offer at this price range is just stunning! We have also included a selection of blends and other styles that showcase the extraordinary diversity and value that we have on offer.

We then have the 2014 Fleur de Thénac from Bergerac, just east of Bordeaux, which is simply delicious at the moment. It’s very similar in style to a Bordeaux but at a fraction of the price. Finally, the 2016 Sijnn Low Profile links to the theme of diversity and offers immense power for such an affordable wine.' – James Pietersen

Celestina, Sauvignon Blanc - Semillon 2017 – R 140
'Older-oak-fermented/aged white Bordeaux blend, equal partners sauvignon, Semillon in 17. Intense greenpepper & grass notes, vibrant cool-climate acidity, mineral conclusion with Granny Smith apple & citrus nuances. Advances fine form of 16.' – Platter’s Wine Guide 2019, 4.5*

Usana, Pinot Gris 2017 – R 95
'Yellow apple & bright acidity, 17 slightly riper than last & better for it. Tangy & lingering, some richness from partial barrel ageing. Delicious, & more serious than 16. ' – Platter’s Wine Guide 2019, 4.5*

The Foundry, Grenache Blanc 2017 – R 170
'From Voor Paardeberg grapes, the wine was fermented and matured in older French oak barrels. The nose is intricate and alluring with notes of pear, apple, citrus and peach to go with some floral perfume, yellow earth and spice. The palate is utterly seamless with pure fruit, coated acidity and a gently savoury finish. Super-complex and just so balanced. The alcohol is 13.5% and the RS, for what it’s worth, is 3.55g/l compared to 5.1g/l in the case of the 2015 (no 2016 made).' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 95/100

BLANKbottle, Orbitofrontal Cortex 2017 – R 210
'According to Pieter Walser’s conscious mind (there used to be an unconscious blend too), this is the best white cuvée in his Stellenbosch cellar. Clairette and Verdelho based, with Grenache Blanc, Chenin, Palomino and Fernão Pires, it’s a stunning, leesy creation. Fresh and sappy with notes of white pepper, elderflower, lime zest and very subtle oak. A one off. 2019-25.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2018, 95/100

Fleur de Thénac, Bergerac 2014– R 195
'This wine has a deep, intense ruby red colour. The nose is complex, rich and is punctuated by black cherries, ripe plums with warm notes of vanilla, mocha and cinnamon. The palate is very velvety and creamy, well balanced by a delicious acidity and the finish continues for well over 30 seconds. This wine is especially good with meats, cheeses or Mediterranean dishes.' – Chateau Thénac, Winemaker

Sijnn, Low Profile 2016 – R 165
'Medium deep red red colour. The nose shows loads of juicy dark berry fruit with dusty slate, licorice and some spice and savory notes. The palate is full and rich with a spicy, savory aspect adding complexity and tautness. Best between 2019 and 2026. Perfect to enjoy with a typical South African braai.' – Sijnn Winemaker

 

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