Wolftrap White Blend
Viognier 48 %, Chenin Blanc 41%, Grenache Blanc 11%
Wolf Trap label is the ‘entry level’ label of Boekenhoutskloof. The home
vineyard was first established in 1776 at the edge of the valley in Franschhoek,
Western Cape. Restored and its vineyards re-planted in 1993, it is one of the
leading names of South African wine.
The Viognier comes through on the palate
first, showing some richness and hints of apricot with the Chenin Blanc adding
citrus/apple notes and a honey tone. Medium weighted with a hint of oak. Fruity
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Mullineux Kloof Street Chenin Blanc
Mullineux Family Wines was established in 2007. The
grapes come from vineyard parcels of around 40 year old vines on a variety of
soils in different parts of the Swartland. The wine is part tank and part barrel
This is classic Chenin Blanc – A great combination of crisp and
dry freshness, with lanolin, waxy, mushroom notes. There is plenty of drive
through the palate with a nice mineral finish.
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Organic Chenin Blanc 2014
Reyneke are one of the new stars of South
Africa with people like Jancis Robinson, Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator raving
about them. The first South African winery to be certified Bio-dynamic, the
Chenin Blanc is harvested from a single vineyard on the Reyneke farm, located in
the Polkadraai Hills to the west of Stellenbosch. The vineyards are the oldest
on the farm, being in excess of 44 years old and are located on a combination of
decomposed granitic loam on a clay sub-soil. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed
by foot before light settling and then fermented in a combination of 300l
second-fill French oak barrels and a 2500l foudre. The wine was then aged on its
lees for 13 months before three further months ageing in stainless steel tank
before bottling. Made as naturally as possible.
This is quite a textural wine
with plenty of minerality, hints of corruption, chalkiness along with toasty
vanillin oak and apple, lime, white flower flavours. Should cellar
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The Sadie Family Skurfberg Chenin Blanc
“Some say he has changed the face of South
African wine. Others describe him as a reluctant guru, and his wines as the holy
grails for wine aficionados. But everyone agrees Eben Sadie is one of the great
visionaries in the new generation of South African winemakers. His approach is
to be as natural as possible .. 'Nothing should ever be added. No ego, nor any
other element. All you need is the fruit you pick, and this fruit should be from
sound, healthy and natural vineyards. The perfect grape is enough for
This wine blends Chenin Blanc from old bushvine parcels on three
farms on the slopes of the Skurfberg (“rugged mountains”) between Clanwilliam
and Lamberts Bay in the Olifants River Region. They are immaculately farmed
properties, which have not been subjected to herbicide or chemical fertilisers
by the current farmers. Most of the soils in the area are of decomposed
sandstone, and very sandy. Rainfall is low – these vines have had to be tough to
survive without irrigation. Together the three low-yielding parcels represent
the possibilities of the area, each offering something unique to the complexity
of the whole. The one site has huge and aromatic fruit concentration; the second
offers an earthy character and minerality, and the third (the highest, and
closest to the Atlantic) retains amazing acidity and freshness. The three
parcels of fruit were vinified separately. They were basket-pressed and then
transferred directly to old casks where natural fermentation took place. We
blended them after 12 months, and then left them to age another six months
before bottling them directly from the old casks. Unfined and unfiltered –
Quite a special wine – golden fruits, earth and
old wax that lasts and lasts on the palate.
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Family Soldaat Grenache Noir 2014
Neal Martin in Parker’s
Wine Advocate described Eben Sadie’s wines as “Cerebral wines, built to last.”
This wine really typifies that statement. This old, unirrigated vineyard was
planted at around 708 metres of altitude in decomposed granite soil with a
slight easterly slope on the Piekenierskloof Pass – quite a unique site.
very pale, translucent slightly hazy garnet colour shows that this is on the
elegant and refined side of Grenache with a nod more to Burgundy than something
big and ripe from Spain or South Australia. A wine that challenges perceptions
with its power not being in brute, but personality and intrigue. It certainly
divided the room but its character and floral aroma and strawberry, chocolate,
earthy spice flavours are memorable.
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Kloof Street Rouge 2014
This is a Mediterranean style red blend
based on Syrah (86%) with other varieties including Grenache and even a bit of
Tinta Barroca (Port variety). This has a touch of the old world and new world.
Darkly coloured, with primary purple fruits, a touch of spice and a juicy
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Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah
The Syrah undergoes a traditional style fermentation in
concrete Nomblot tanks, incorporating 35% whole bunches which are foot crushed.
Spontaneous, natural fermentation occurs with minimal punch down and pump
over’s. The wine spends 12 to 14 days on the skins before being racked into a
combination of a 2500L Foudre and older French oak barrels for 13 months
Jancis Robinson in her Wines of the Week...." I was especially enthusiastic
about Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah 2013 Stellenbosch for its interest, charm and
obvious integrity. I found it especially winning and attractive but also
wonderfully wholesome. I gave it the
massive (for me) score of 17 out of 20."
dark dense wine that is quite a contrast to the bright freshness of the Kloof
Street. This is a dense, brooding, masculine wine with a mineral/saline streak.
Dutch liquorice, bacon fat, hint of earth/barnyard (in a good way) finishing a
fine long length.
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Shiraz 2012 (Stellenbosch)
Recognised as one of the Stars of the
Stellenbosch. Established in 1983 on the slopes of the Simonsberg in
Stellenbosch by Gyles Webb, it is still a family run operation.
This is much
more in the “Australian Shiraz” style with vanilla, ripe blue/black fruits with
hints of jam. Plenty of weight and density.
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Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
The family run Kaapzicht (Cape View) Wine
Estate covers 174 hectares in the Bottelary Ward in the Stellenbosch district.
This is quite a big wine and as such the winery bottle age the wine for a
couple of years before release. Aged in French oak (50% new) for 24 months. A
dark colour with blackcurrant, tobacco leaf, black olive flavours bound by ripe
tannins and a balanced, full bodied palate. Will continue to age well.
most popular wine of the evening.
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Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate,
situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch
Region of the Cape. Pinotage is the red variety that South Africa is
traditionally known. Kanonkop make only red wines and are renown for their
traditional styles – fermentation is all in small open top concrete vats and the
fruit comes from old 50-60 yo, unirrigated bush vines, from 8 different plots.
Aged for 16mths in 75% new French oak.
Deep and brooding – tar, coffee,
cedary oak. A big wine that has the Pinotage ‘tang’ but has complexity and is
also velvety rich. Will cellar 10 -20 years.
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