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This month's value club case

May Mixed 6-Case

Tasting notes

'Tall bottles regally occupy this month’s pack and allude to a vague Alsatian theme running through it. In France, Alsace is one of the premier producers of single variety wines, especially fine examples of Riesling and Pinot Gris. These wines are always bottled in tall hock bottles and we’ve included local examples from Stellenbosch and Elgin, while the actual Alsatian wine is from the only red variety produced in Alsace – Pinot Noir. The final Alsatian connection comes courtesy of winemaker Julian Schaal with his local cool climate Syrah from the Walker Bay region.

To round out the pack, there’s an easy-going blend from Elgin maestro Richard Kershaw and a great value Chenin from Thelema’s winemaker Rudi Schultz. Both offer astounding value. Drink these alongside some delicious food and show us the amazing food matches you’ve enjoyed these with by using the hashtag #WineCellarInsiders.' – James Pietersen

Rudi Schultz, Skeleton Bay Chenin Blanc 2018 – R 120
'Matured in older oak for nine months. Grapes from two old bush vine blocks, one near Joostenberg and the other in Somerset West. A beguiling nose with top notes of blossom and herbs before lemon, naartjie and peach. The palate is light bodied yet simultaneously immensely concentrated with fresh acidity and a savoury, slightly bitter finish. Plenty of subtle intricacy. Alcohol: 12%.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100

Migliarina, Grey Matters Pinot Gris 2017 – R 150
‘Cool, vibrant, super fresh style. Loaded with crystalline white peach, green apple and cream soda but with extra complex spicy pithy aromatics from 30 mins skin contact in the rolling press... Great balance and impressive intensity, this is a fabulous expression of this rare variety in SA!' – Greg Sherwood MW, 92+/100

Trimbach Pinot Noir Reserve 2015 – R 350
'Very pure notes of red cherry fill the nose. The same pure fruit is framed by bright, luminous freshness on the palate, which almost tingles. Aromatic echoes of cherry, pepper and licorice shimmer on the light body. An aromatic, fresh and vivid Pinot made with a knowlingly light touch.’ – Wine Enthusiast, 93/100

Julien Schaal Walker Bay Syrah 2018 – R 135
‘We pursued a single goal: making Syrah with voluptuous fruit that reflect Terroir and Passion. Rich and well-balanced, this wine possesses a perfume of mixed spice and a palate of soft blackberry flavours.’ – Julien & Sophie Schaal, Winemakers

Sutherland Riesling 2017 – R 105
'Not the easiest of sells in the Thelema range, apparently, but this off-dry style is always an appealing drink. Floral and zesty, it has notes of lime and kiwi fruit and just a touch of sweetness. 2018-23.' – Tim Atkin SA Special Report 2018, 91/100

Smuggler’s Boot GSM 2016 – R 165
‘Easy going but not trivial 2016 blend 55% grenache with mourvèdre & a little shiraz. Fresh & pure, with some wildness on the perfume; no great intensity & a modest tannic tug. Very light oaking.' – Platter's Wine Guide 2019, 88/100

 

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