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Made from 60-year-old vines, most of which are in the trendy Swartland region. About 30% stems are used in the fermentation and the wine receives a sort of Ripasso treatment as the wine is run over the skins again at the end.
It’s fresh, vibrant, positively thumping with sappy cherry fruit. The grip is there but perfectly balanced with a classy spiciness.
Calusari grapes are grown in rolling, picturesque vineyards that almost look and feel like Tuscany. Englishman, Philip Cox and his Romanian wife Elvira, have put in a huge amount of work into transforming their land into a modern winemaking haven. The results are outstanding wines that can stand shoulder to shoulder with their peers from around the world.
This is a gorgeous Pinot Noir, almost syrupy in its concentration. Dark and rich, with layers of black cherry, raspberry and cinnamon.
Casa De Vilacetinho is one of the oldest brands of the region, once being part of a large Benedictine Monastery, overlooking the River Duoro with south facing slopes.
This is a light, crisp Vinho Verde with white fruit aromas ranging from the orchard to more tropical fruit flavours. With a slight spritz, this is the perfect summer drink and only 10.5%.
From some of the best vineyards in the Roussillon, this distinctively French white wine is crafted from native varietals to the region.
Slightly floral on the nose with a hint of minerality. Honeysuckle, peaches and herbs shine through from the Rousanne supported by lovely texture, depth and weight from the Grenache Blanc.
A cracking red from the Roussillon, deep in southern France. A region much overlooked and brimming with promise and potential.
Slightly smoky on the nose, the grenache adds it’s trademark black berry flavours whilst the Carignan gives this vibrant colour, lovely tannins and fresh acidity. Cranberry, strawberry and raspberry are evident as well as subtle notes of floral notes such as rose petal and violets.
The Shiraz for Jammy Monkey is harvested in the cool of night from ancient soils in Victoria. In the winery a gentle fermentation is followed by a short barrel ageing before bottling.
The wine is smooth with wonderful plum and mulberry character with trademark Shiraz hints of sweet spice. Enjoy with BBQ’d food or as an all round crowd pleaser.
Bodegas Alceno is a family owned winery built in 1870 and one of the oldest to market wines from the area. Located in Jumilla, South East Spain where the weather is relentlessly hot and dry.
This is a medium light Garnacha wine. Balanced and soft on the palate, best with full fish dishes like salmon, light meats, and pasta and paella dishes
Delicious and great value organic prosecco.
The vineyards for Fidèle Soleilla are perched high in the dramatic hills and terraces above the Vallée d’Agly with a unique character of its own. The famed black schist is interspersed with pockets of limestone from the higher slopes, combining the richness and power that is typical of Maury with a fresher, more finely defined character.
Honeysuckle and apricot aromas and a rich, almost unctuous palate that is somehow still dry, tangy and refreshing.
A mix of small plots of a multitude of exotic old fashioned grapes resulting in a flavoursome, rich yet vibrant wine from the heart of Spain. Best with seafoods or salads.
The small amount of these grapes that remain means it is not possible to vinify them separately so the grapes tend to be harvested together as a Field Blend.
Bodegas Staphyple, ran by the Porretta family for three generations in Mendoza boasts its success to the hidden, privileged location of the vineyards, allowing the grapes to ripen without losing their freshness.
An approachable Malbec! This is a young and fruity wine from the Porretta vineyards in Luján de Cuyo. Really soft flavours of cherries, plums, and a pleasing finish.
This is a wine we’ve been selling from the day we opened and its still just as good. Such a great value red from the Alentejo region. Really smooth, really fruity, and perfect with lamb.
Casas Relvas is a family run winery in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The families passion for the region has extended to the rebuilding of the cork oak forests. This is such a consistently good wine and one of our favourites.
This wine has real character – all the juicy elements of Tempranillo. Cherry-red, purplish, brilliant colour with notes of fresh fruit, strawberries, raspberries, cherries and violets with clean mineral tones from the granite, this little natural wine is phenomenal value.
Chateau Burgozone is a family boutique winery in Bulgaria started in 2000. Located on the banks of the Danube River, the winery get its name from the Roman fortress built on the Roman road Via Istrum. Planting both local and international varietes, their philosophy is that the quality of the wines is created in the vineyards.
This is a wonderfully soft Pinot Noir with red stone fruit aromas and notes of violets, chocolate and a bit of spicy vanilla. Intense palate of sweet and spicy fruits with very good length and and smoky vanilla finish.
Le Balbuzard is made by the superb Sancerre producer, Emile Balland. Fresh, tropical fruit with the classic Loire Valley minerality. Named after a fish-eating bird found along the Loire, this is quite probably the best sauvignon you can buy for the price.
Refreshing like a white wine, with the complexity of red wine. This orange wine is made by leaving the grape skins and seeds in contact with the pressed juice, creating a deep orange-hued finish. This is a complex and structured wine, with elegant but discreet fruit flavours of stone fruits, backed up with a powerful tannin structure and long finish. A natural minimal intervention wine which is well balanced and structured yet pure and incredibly fresh.
Located in the heart of the Languedoc-Roussilllon, with geograophical and climatic influence from Corbieres, Limoux & Minervois. The Villa Blanche range of wines from Calmel & Joseph link tradition with modernity, using more environmentally-friendly systems, farming organically and encouraging biodiversity.
Apricot and peach freshness on the nose, exotic aromas of vanilla and coconut that bring added complexity. Loads of expressive fruit on the palate with toasted notes of grilled almonds too.
A big, chunky Rhone from a fantastic little cooperative in Estézargues near Avignon. Made with minimal intervention, unfined, unfiltered. Soft red fruits on the palate, hearty, but really approachable.
The Château Saint Cyrgues estate is located in the South of France, near Nîmes. It faces the Petite Camargue, one of the most beautiful sites in France, and the Mediterranean Sea. The estate is over a hundred years old, but keeps up with the times as it is certified organic.
A natural red from one of our favourite French organic wineries.
Badenhurst Family wines are grown, made and matured in the Swartland appellation of South Africa making natural wines on their 60 hectare estate. One of the first wines we stocked when we first opened, and still just as good. Amazing quality for the price, matured in concrete vats; this has perfumed and peppery aromas, supple and smooth on the palate with enough grip and freshness to finish dry and refreshing. If you like spicy French Southern Rhone wines then give this a whirl.
Pairs well with roast lamb, venison and mushroom stroganoff.
The family owned and operated estate Hanewald-Schwerdt was founded in 1955 in Leistadt. Today cousins, Thomas Hanewald & Stephan Schwerdt look after the family buisness which was established by their grandfather. The secret of their handcrafted wines is a unique limestone reef which dominates all the sites arround Leistadt. The vines are old and surrounded by a protected natural resort in the shade of the Haardt mountains.
A fantastic entry level Pinot Noir that shows off the pure varietal character of strawberry and cherry flavours. Some smokiness and spice from some time in new oak, which also adds complexity. A really good alternative to a red Burgundy!
Monção and Melgaço, the most northern region of Portugal, is protected by mountains that form a unique microclimate. Perfect for Alvarinho grapes grown by Soalheiro Winery for the Classico, the first ever wine produced by the family in 1982. Still going strong, it is now considered the benchmark for all Portuguese Alvarinho.
Fresh and elegant aromas of the aromatic characteristics with more tropical fruits and mineral notes on the palate that balance the acidity. Having shellfish, look no further!
Clothes maketh not the man; judge the wines on what’s in the bottle, not by means of preconceived ideas. Aromas of candied lemon, cooked apple and mango with a core of minerality. Soft and voluptuous, it has a lovely ripeness and a fleshy, creamy mouthfeel, which leads to a perfect tangy freshness giving some zip to its otherwise mellow feel.
A madcap blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Pinot Noir and Pinotage, with 16% white grape varieties blended in too. Very juicy, very drinkable! Serve chilled – lots of strawberry juice, cherry and earthy notes too, blackcurrant leaf and pomegranate. It’s a fun little wine to not be taken too seriously. Like Pieter’s answer to a Beaujolais-villages and ultimate ‘vin de soif.’
A fresh and delightfully fruity Sekt from far western Germany. The Mosel valley’s steep, southfacing slopes create the perfect climate for Riesling, giving the vines ideal exposure to the sun, whilst the cool climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly and retain their natural acidity.
We are huge fans of this wine. Sparkling wine, called “Sekt” in German, has a long history in Germany. A fact that you can see in the many German family names among famous Champagne houses (think Bollinger, Krug and Mumm, for example). Drink something different!
Ca dei Maghi is a small farm in the hills of Valpolicella making very small quantities of the most exquisite wines. Although started in the 1950’s it is only since 2011 when Paolo Creazzi took over the reins that this estate has gone from being ‘good’ to outstanding.
If you translate the word “Mal” from Afrikaans to English, it means “crazy” and “Bek” means “mouth”. And that was quite clearly the inspiration behind this label! This is of course 100% Malbec from the Helderberg.
Like dark chocolate dipped oranges, with lovely minty notes, violets and a sweet perfume. Medium-full bodied, and very much so showing the softer, prettier side of Malbec, with gentle tannins, good freshness, and a lovely rounded mouthfeel.