Wine Cellar Insiders, May Value Mixed 6-Case 750ml NVMixed country, Mixed region
‘An absolute standout Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc in terms of value – winemaking includes carbonic maceration, lengthy skin contact, wild yeast and old oak combined with portions raised in concrete egg. Previous vintages have been absolutely stellar, the 2019 came to us quite young, we suggest a few months to settle. Taut and focussed but with lots of leesy texture and quince plus bruised apple and some baking spice evident. Enjoy on its own or with simple midweek chicken schnitzels, pork chops or light seafood dishes.’ – James Pietersen
Patatsfontein, Patatsblanc 2019 – R 175
'The blend this year has 75% Colombard (up from 52% last year). The immediate reductive note blows off and is followed by lifted stone fruit, a fresh crispness and balanced by broad-brushed flavours on the palate. One immediately notices the lovely mouthfeel of this wine – whilst crisp and fresh, it has good fruit density and is a super partner for food with a saline, powered finish. Mostly from 30+-year-old vineyards and raised in older, almost neutral oak.' – James Pietersen
Joubert-Tradauw, Chardonnay 2016 – R 195
'Grown on clay-based shale soils in isolated Tradouw, this is a wine to surprise people with in blind tastings. It comes from a hot continental climate, all right, but the diurnal variation is massive here. This is fresh and refined, with pear and honey flavours and tangy acidity. Drink 2019-23.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 93/100
Hartenberg, Merlot 2016 – R 200
'The list of really good Merlots in South Africa is a comparatively short one, but this is certainly a candidate, especially in the value-for-money category. Elegant, floral, polished and well balanced, it's a ripe, supple style with supple tannins and perfumed, 45% new wood. Drink 2020-24.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 93/100
Yalumba, Y Series Shiraz 2017 – R 175
'This is a cheap and cheerful Shiraz with lots of brightness and bounce, by South Aussie Shiraz standards anyway. It exudes ripe blueberries, grape jelly, crushed violets and a little white-pepper spice. The fruit is less overt on the palate, where the silky, medium- to full-bodied mouthfeel is supported by savory tannins. A dry, oaky note flares up on the finish.' – Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast, 88/100
Rossouw, Gouws & Clarke, Dry Red 2019 – R 135
'Wine distributors David and Jeanette Clarke along with Intellego winemaker Jurgen Gouws have for a while made a very palatable Pinotage in a new wave style, which is to say light and fresh. Previously they used grapes grown by Andrew Wightman of Swartland property Môrelig but in 2019 they worked with Scholtz Rossouw who also farms in the Paardeberg, the vineyard in question planted in 1968. Winemaking involving carbonic maceration, the nose shows cherry and raspberry plus herbs, spice and a little earthiness while the palate is pure and fresh with crunchy tannins. Perfect for summer al fresco dining, this is a useful reference when it comes to plotting the way forward for Pinotage.' – Christian Eedes, WineMag.co.za, 92/100
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