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Ondine Chardonnay 2015, Darling, Western Cape

South Africa - With this Chardonnay, the winemakers set out to create a wine offering a combination of the respective benefits of oaked and unoaked interpretations of the variety, using cool fermentation in tank followed by only 7 months' lees ageing in barrel. Fresh lemon and peach fruit provide the backdrop, which is overlaid with gentle notes of toasted hazelnut and vanilla. Plenty of refreshing acidity and a creamy palate texture. Drink with pan-seared fish and steamed vegetables.

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Fish Hoek Malbec 2015, Western Cape

South Africa - The Fish Hoek range of wines was the brainchild of Bruce Jack, founder of Flagstone Winery, which is famously housed in an old dynamite factory on the outskirts of Cape Town. This wine is a blend of Malbec with 10% Pinotage. A dark ruby colour with purple flashes, this is a deeply fruit-driven wine that offers an abundance of ripe bramble, plum and black cherry fruit, with hints of smoky spice. Pair with char-grilled steaks, or cream of sun-dried tomato soup.

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Ondine Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Darling, Western Cape

South Africa - The Western Cape's sub-region of Darling is characterised by ancient granite soils, coupled with a maritime climate, with vineyards located as little as 5km from the coast. This enables the vines to be grown without irrigation, and naturally promotes a cool climate style. Highly aromatic, with intense asparagus, grass and guava notes providing a captivating bouquet. The palate is a delicate mix of citrus fruit and mineral texture. Try with a starter of creamy camembert served with green fig preserve.

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Robertson Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Robertson

South Africa - In the warm and dry climate in the Robertson Valley lies this winery with the same name. It is further inland than most vineyards in South Africa, but the Breede River, running through it, provides a cooling influence for this classic Sauvignon Blanc. With a fresh aromatic nose, this is a crisp, dry wine with plenty of zesty gooseberry and green apple flavours. Superb with seafood and creamy pasta dishes.

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Leeuwenkuil Shiraz 2015

South Africa - Leeuwenkuil translates as lion's den and is named after the cape lions that used to roam the lands. Today it is quality focused winery owned and run by the Dreyer family. Made with out the use of oak this is a bright and fruity Shiraz with flavours of This wine is versatile enough to enjoy on its own or with a variety of pasta dishes.

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Leeuwenkuil Chenin Blanc 2017

South Africa - Leeuwenkuil translates as lion's den and is named after the cape lions that used to roam the lands. Today it is quality focused winery owned and run by the Dreyer family. This is an elegant and refined wine with a racy acidity that adds freshness to the apple and tropical fruit flavours and the mineral finish. This is best with light fish and shellfish dishes.

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Barista Pinotage 2015/2016, Western Cape

South Africa - From the Val de Vie wine estate in the heart of the cape winelands, where wine production dates back to 1825. This is a deliberately modern offering by winemaker Bertus Fourie, who has concentrated on drawing out the coffee-like aromas of South Africa's signature grape. Intense on the nose, with a bouquet of coffee, chocolate and cherry, with meaty, savoury hints. The tannins are ripe, perfectly suiting the round and mouth-filling plum and mulberry fruit. Drink on its own or with red meat dishes. Bertus' recommends a blue-cheese-filled brandy snap with chocolate and roasted coffee beans!

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Trebuchet Red 2014, Western Cape

South Africa - This Bordeaux blend comes from the Gabb family's vineyards, and has been named to commemorate the installation of a working Shropshire-built trebuchet at the estate, to serve as a showpiece and as the centre of fundraising activities for local causes. Deep garnet-purple colour, offering flavours of ripe blackberries and plums, accompanied by earthy undertones. Firm tannins provide ample weight and structure, smoothed by gentle oak. Great with a flavoursome rib steak.

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Trebuchet Chardonnay 2016, Western Cape

South Africa - This Chardonnay is made by Journey's End winery, a small vineyard estate renovated, expanded and extensively replanted under the ownership of wine impresario Roger Gabb. In 2013, a 60ft working medieval trebuchet was erected on the estate as a focal point for events. A pale lemon yellow with youthfully green flashes, this wine has characteristic aromas of lime and tropical fruits. Gently crisp on the palate, providing plenty of refreshment. Enjoy chilled on its own, or with white meats.

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Antony’s Yard 2014, Graham Beck, Western Cape

South Africa - Bordeaux style, produced from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This is then aged for 12 months in French oak to help integration and impart extra complexities and texture. Aromas of fruitcake and spice, with red and black fruits on the textured palate and the oak-ageing lending hints of cigar box. A balanced structure and good length. Goes extremely well with beef, lamb and strong cheeses.

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Boschendal Lanoy Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Coastal Region

South Africa - The Boschendal vineyards cover an area of 254 hectares, extending for 6 kilometres along the slopes of the Groot Drakenstein Mountain to the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. A large proportion of the estate is planted with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Cool fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the delicate fruit flavours, this Sauvignon shows tropical fruit, citrus and herbs on the nose, crisp acidity and a clean, lingering finish. Superb as an aperitif or enjoyed with smoked fish or seafood.

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Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2015, Western Cape

South Africa - From top South African producer Boekenhoutskloof, located in Franschhoek, comes this fashionable blend of Syrah and Viogner. Fraschhoek is northeast of Cape Town and winemaking there was very much influenced by the Hugenots. Slightly perfumed with aromas of ripe juicy plum and black berries, rich and smooth on the palate with rich plum flavours, some spice and floral notes. The ideal partner to full flavoured meat dishes.

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Capaia Merlot Cabernet 2014

South Africa - The Philadelphia region just outside Durbanville is a relative newcomer to wine production and the Capaia estate was founded on a old fruit farm in 1997 by Count Stephan von Neipperg the owner of the famous St Emilion chateaux Canon La Gaffeliere and La Mondotte. The winery is run on the principles of a French chateau with all the grapes used to make the wines grown on the estate. This wine is a classic blend of Bordeaux varieties with classic flavours of cassis and dark cherry. The structure of the wine will allow it to develop in cellar for up to 10 years.

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Rustenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Western Cape

South Africa - This Sauvignon Blanc has echoes of white Bordeaux, with its 5% Semillon adding a streak of complexity and additional body to the blend. Free-run and gently pressed juice is used to minimise the presence of bitter tannins, and 2-3 months' lees ageing adds to the texture. Aromas of green peppers, asparagus and gooseberry fill the nose, while the palate displays a riper character, with underlying pineapple and passionfruit notes providing a layered feel. Equally adept as a partner for shellfish or lobster as it is for roasted sea bass.

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Bellingham Pinopasso Pinotage 2014, Coastal Region

South Africa - Taking their inspiration from the 'ripasso' wines of northern Italy, which owe their exceptional richness to the addition of partially dried grapes to the blend, Bellingham have created this quintessentially South African adaption of the style using their signature grape. Dark, fleshy and muscular, this wine offers the smoky and sinuous black cherry profile of classic Pinotage, with added richness and sweet spice notes, and a smooth, voluptuous texture. Will stand up to rich mushroom risotto or osso bucco.

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Bosman Adama Red Fairtrade 2016, Wellington

South Africa - The winery situated in the shadow of the Limiet Mountains in the Western Cape has been in the Bosman family for eight generations. The aim here at their family home is to make wines of exceptional quality often using unusual blends. Raspberry and prune predominate on the nose with hints of white pepper. The palate has rich plum and dark cherry with a long lingering sweetly spicy finish. A great match for roast meat, baked pasta dishes and even a good pizza

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Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Constantia

South Africa - The Constantia Valley, home to Klein Constantia Estate, is the oldest vineyard region in the Cape, having produced wine since 1689. Klein Constantia is family-owned with a focus on quality rather than quantity. A light green appearance with ripe tropical aromas of pineapple and passionfruit. The palate is classically Sauvignon with its racy acidity and the finish is clean and refreshing. Given an extra richness and dimension by the addition of 4% Semillon, it makes an excellent partner to fresh seafood.

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Bellingham 'The Bernard Series' Viognier 2016, Western Cape

South Africa - Celebrating the legendary maverick founder of Bellingham, Bernard Podlashuk, 'The Bernard Series' is an homage to his efforts in placing South Africa on the winemaking map. Hand picked grapes are fermented and aged in one year old French oak with 4% lees contact. Perfumed aromas of peaches, lychees, rose petal and spice are complemented by rich layers of fruit with spicy undertones of white pepper and cinnamon on the palate with a lingering and inviting finish. Will partner well with delicately flavoured, creamy seafood and poultry dishes. Enjoy over the next two years.

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Meerlust Merlot 2014, Stellenbosch

South Africa - The Meerlust estate has been owned by the Myburgh family since 1757. Made in the 'right-bank' tradition, this wine is a blend of 89% Merlot with 11% Cabernet Franc added for a supple and balanced structure and aromatic complexity. Deep, youthful purple with a ruby rim. Juicy plum and mulberry fruit abound on the nose, with lifted spiciness, hints of chocolate and a beefy edge. The palate offers silky tannins and good length. Partner with a rich beef bourguignon or roast goose.

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Rustenberg Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Stellenbosch

South Africa - This is Rustenberg's top wine, named in honour of Peter Barlow, who founded the winery 1941 and whose family still runs the estate today. 100% Cabernet from the estate's finest vineyard, planted in 1990 on the south-western slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. A deep, multi-layered wine, with a bold and up-front character and velvety texture from 20 months in French oak barriques. Concentrated cassis and black cherry, with subtle herbaceous notes. Drink over the next 5-10 years, after decanting. Best with beef Wellington or similarly hearty red meat dishes.

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Vergelegen 'The Red' 2012, Stellenbosch

South Africa - One of South Africa's premier wine estates, Vergelegen is committed to sustainable viticulture and environmental management. Grapes for 'The Red' are only grown in the Rondekop vineyard unirrigated vines. Matured in 100% new oak barrels for 24 months before release. Aromas of ripe cassis, spice, red berries, toasted oak, vanillin and hints of savoury leather on the nose, a structured body of tannins and acidity with layers of cassis fruit. A long, elegant finish. Enjoy over the next four years as an accompaniment to roast venison or slow-cooked lamb.

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Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2013, Stellenbosch

South Africa - The Five Soldiers are a group of pine trees that stand at the top of a slope, clearly marking this vineyard's location. This wine is Rustenberg's homage to fine white Burgundy, with cellaring potential to match. Grapes are whole-bunch pressed direct to Burgundian barrels where they ferment and mature for 15 months. A superbly structured and powerful Chardonnay, drinking now or for another 10 years or more.

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Glenelly Lady May 2010

South Africa - The 2010 Lady May is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot and raised for 24 months in new French oak. It has a ripe bouquet of mulberry, black plum, graphite and a touch of toffee. It is tight at first but unfurls nicely with aeration. The palate is well balanced with ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit laced with soy and black pepper. It demonstrates fine weight and persistency on the finish, although the 2009 showed a little more finesse. Still, this is a very fine wine. Drink now-2019.

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Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2015, Hemel-en-Aarde

South Africa - Hamilton Russel Vineyards are located in the coastal portion of the Heme-en-Aarde Valley close to Walker Bay, where they enjoy a maritime climate and soils renowned for their low vigour, ideal for producing wines of fine structure. This Pinot Noir has a remarkably savoury aromatic profile, offering brooding dark spice notes and shades of leather which mingle with riper, perfumed fruit character.


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