Club Wines - November 2017


Pairs With

Fresh fish dishes or goats cheese tarts and salads.

Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc

Southern Right is a small Pinotage and Sauvignon blanc specialist located on a strikingly beautiful 448 ha property in the cool, maritime, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley appellation. The wines are named after the rare Southern Right whales, which frequent the cool South Atlantic Walker Bay, 3 kilometres from the vineyards, comprised 54% Clay-rich shale derived soil and 46% Table Mountain Sandstone derived soil. 2017 was back to our usual timing after a particularly early 2015 and 2016. December was warmer, January cooler and February warmer than average. Rainfall for these crucial months was only 10mm below our long-term average, so conditions could not be described as particularly dry. Our yields were generally a little down on 2015 and 2016 and we had beautifully high acidities and low pH’s. Unexpected given the above average maximums for the year. Altogether 2017 was an excellent vintage for us, with pure, fine, particularly classic, elegant wines with marked minerality.

Minerality and palate complexity ahead of pure, pungent varietal aroma. A significant percentage of fruit from clay-rich soil has added an intense mid-palate structural component and addition overall complexity to this wine

Pairs with

shellfish dishes or any type of spicy or curry dish.

Babylonstoren Viognier

70% of the wine underwent cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 3 weeks. Racked of primary lees and kept on thin lees for 6 months before bottling. 30% of the wine was fermented and matured in second- and third-fill 300 litre French oak barrels for 6 months before being blended together and bottled.

he mouth-feel is round and creamy from the 30% well integrated French oak (7 months). A floral nose and lime zest finish complete the perfect balance.

Lemon and pale straw colour. This wine has an inviting nose of honeyed citrus, potpourri and peach blossoms with a subtle hint of beeswax. A full bodied, gentle palate with fresh, chalky citrus, yellow flowers, candied almonds and ginger spice. The flavours are vibrant and the finish refined.

Pairs With

Seafood, spring rolls, salads, chicken and spicy dishes.

Kloof Street Chenin Blanc

Grapes for this Chenin Blanc come from vineyard parcels on a variety of soils in different parts of the Swartland. The wine is part tank and part barrel fermented.

Pale straw in colour, this wine has a nose of sun ripened pears and wet granite. The palate has a vibrant acidity balanced by a soft, round texture and some pithy character. The wine has a fresh, mineral finish. Best drunk young and served at 10 to 12 ˚C.

Pairs With

steaks, roasts, casseroles, stews, venison

Boschkloof Cabernet Sauvignon

A classic Cabernet with ripe blackberry richness. Dense dark ruby red/black colour with ripe plums and intergrated oak on the nose. Chocolate and black-current fruit flavours mingle with the spicy aroma. Full bodied palate and firm structure. Supple, yet complex. Great potential for ageing and further development for the next 6-8 year

Pairs With

grilled meats and poultry such as duck along with hard cheese boards

Klein Constantia Estate Red

58% Cabernet Sauvignon; 19% Shiraz; 14% Petit Verdot; 9% Malbec

Due to the warm and dry conditions we experienced in 2014, this vintage has great fruit expression. A lot of work and effort has been put into fine tuning our oak programme which is displayed in the delicate balance between fruit and oak in this wine. 2014 also sees the reintroduction of Shiraz to the Estate Red blend. Each parcel is carefully identified and blocks are split into multiple portions in order to harvest at the perfect ripeness. The grapes are then bunch and berry sorted to ensure that only the healthiest berries are selected. Malo-lactic fermentation takes place in 50 % new French oak barrels after alcoholic fermentation. The wine is then aged for 12 months before blending and bottling.

Intense red and black fruit with elegant notes of cinnamon spice on the nose. The palate is full bodied and savoury with a well integrated oak component, ending with a long and rich finish

Pairs With

Fillet of beef, Braaivleis, Lamb shank, Italian cuisine

Opstal Carl Everson Red Blend

Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cinsaut

Made from the best and carefully selected grapes on the farm, this is our flagship red wine. The 2015 vintage shows lovely blackcurrant, cherry, mulberry and pepper spice aromas on the nose with a nuttiness from the barrel maturation. The structure of this wine is medium to full bodied, with the Cinsaut providing an elegantly fresh and zippy palate, finishing dry.


Pairs With

Shellfish and fish dishes.

Hathersage Bistro White

A bouquet dominated by passion fruit and elderberry flowers. This is a lovely easy-drinking wine with a long finish that tends to flavours of ripe figs.

Medium bodied with fresh fruity flavours – lime, grapefruit and citrus. Light yellow with a hint of green. To be enjoyed now and within the next year.

Pairs with

oily/buttery food, various salads, most fish dishes

Barton Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

Silky smooth and medium-bodied with green apple and white pear on the nose. Balanced and well-structured with tropical fruit and hints of apricot,pineapple and honey on the palate which linger on the after taste.

Pairs With

seafood, spring rolls and salads & chicken dishes

Barton Vineyards Chenin Blanc

Silky smooth and medium-bodied with green apple and white pear on the nose. Balanced and well-structured with tropical fruit and hints of apricot, pineapple and honey on the palate which linger on the after taste.

Pairs With

Italian dishes, Beef casserole

Hathersage Bistro Red

Fruit driven, medium bodied with smooth ripe tannins. On the nose, aromas of red berries give way to a lingering finish that hints of violets. The wine is a reflection of the terroir at Hathersage with ample fruit, spice and earthy gaminess.

Pairs With

Lamb casserole or a vegetarian dish.

Spier Signature Merlot

Grapes were harvested at 24° Balling, gently crushed, de-stemmed and cooled. After two days of cold soaking the juice was fermented until dry in stainless steel tanks at 24°C. Three pump-overs were conducted daily. After fermentation 20% of the wine was matured in French oak barrels for 8-10 months and the remainder matured in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves.

Ripe red and black berries, plums and an undertow of eucalyptus and mint. This Merlot has sappy fruit, mint and soft tannins.


Pairs With

Creamy Beef fillet Tagliatelle, Grilled Beef or Ostrich Fillet

Neil Joubert Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep,dark, almost opaque with grainy, purple edge. Rich, ripe berry fruit nose with hints of forest floor, char and touch of dark chocolate. Big, full, well rounded mouth with layers of flavour including plum, mulberry and fruit cake. Soft, supple tannins yet good grip. Long, fruit filled finish. Good drinking now yet will develop over a few years in the bottle.

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