BLANKbottle B.I.G. Magnum 2019

R630.00 inc. VAT
"The Swartland Revolution was exactly that: a revolution initiated by Swartland farmers which turned the premium wine market upside down. Suddenly premium higher-priced Bordeaux-style Stellenbosch wines had to share the stage with premium Rhone-style Swartland blends. And so it happened then, that for the past 8 years, the media stuck Cabernet Sauvignon in a dark and dusty corner - not “cool” enough. As some of you might know, at the moment I make wine from 24 varieties. I thought it a bright idea to do something for the neglected, fallen-from-grace Cabernet Sauvignon. I subsequently identified 8 Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, 2 Cabernet franc and 1 Petit Verdot with vastly different heights above sea level: 7 near Somerset West (at 32 to 391 m), 2 on the outskirts of Tulbagh (both at 310 m) and 2 in the Witzenberg’s Koue Bokkeveld (at 734 and 755m). When I first started speaking to the masters of Cabernet here at the Southernmost tip of Africa, the first thing mentioned by most was the dreaded Greenness in Cabernet Sauvignon - a very unwelcome herbaceous / vegetative character. This develops due to high levels of Pyrazines present in the wine - something that's determined by the ripeness level of the grapes. The longer the grape bunches get exposed to sunlight during the growing period, the less Pyrazines - resulting in less greenness in the end product - reducing herbaceousness and amplifying fruit. Here in South Africa we have a unique situation: although we have plenty of sunshine, it is hot and dry. In most instances, by the time the grapes are ripe for picking, it hasn't had long enough sun exposure for the Pyrazines to get to an acceptable level. And if you leave it on the vine for longer, the sugar level gets too high. These sugars are then transformed during fermentation into alcohol resulting in rather high alcoholic wines. So in general, Cabernet creators are in fact chased by the Green Monster. Defended by some, feared by most. What confuses me, though, is that one could argue that this greenness is a stylistic characteristic of wines closer to the ocean, which makes it acceptable. Or does it? Where the exact point lies where herbaceousness turns into greenness - I am not sure. That’s why I decided to make a Cabernet Sauvignon led blend and identified the following 11 vineyards from different heights above sea levels. The closest vineyard to the ocean is 3km and the furthest 3 hours drive. My eie plaas - Cabernet Sauvignon: Valley floor Firgrove - 32 meters above sea-level. UNITY - Cabernet Sauvignon: Lower slopes of the Helderberg Somerset West - 116 meters above sea-level. LAN - Cabernet Sauvignon: Firgrove (slope facing towards the Helderberg) - 60m meters above sea-level. COR-CS - Cabernet Sauvignon: Higher slopes of the Helderberg Somerset West - 308 meters above sea-level. COR-CF - Cabernet franc: Higher slopes of the Helderberg Somerset West - 320 meters above sea-level. Sigh of Relief - Cabernet franc: Higher slopes of the Helderberg Somerset West - 391 meters above sea-level. Black Nectar - Petit verdot: Blaauwklippen Road Stellenbosch - 279 meters above sea-level. TOOLBAG Cabernet Sauvignon: Tulbagh - 310 meters above sea-level Mr VILLA Cabernet Sauvignon: Tulbagh - 310 meters above sea-level BUT WHY?: Ceres Plateau - 734 meters above sea-level LEAVING THE TABLE: Ceres Plateau - 755 meters above sea-level We made them all separately and aged them all in French oak for one and a half years - picked mainly when we thought the grapes tasted best. Interestingly enough, the first vineyard on the Helderberg ripened in late February whereas the last vineyard in Ceres Plateau (about 3 hours drive from the first) reached optimum ripeness on 22 April - 100 days into harvest and also the very last grapes to hit the cellar." -Producer’s note

BLANKbottle Kortpad Kaaptoe 2020

R250.00 inc. VAT
This is the 5th vintage of the wine and the style moved a bit towards the elegant side of Maria Gomes. Spice-driven with fragrant finesse, but a strong potent core.

Bodegas y Viñedos Alion 2016 Tinto 3L

R7,995.00 inc. VAT
Glass-staining violet. Heady smoke- and mineral-accented aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, incense and potpourri, plus hints of vanilla and cola in the background. Densely packed, alluringly sweet and focused on the palate, offering intense black currant, cherry-vanilla and candied licorice flavors and a touch of exotic spices. Sappy, smooth and seamless in texture, finishing with powerful thrust and velvety tannins that come in late to add shape and gentle grip. 95% French and 5% American oak, 80% of it new.

Champagne Lanson “Le Vintage” Brut 2009

R1,250.00 inc. VAT
"Disgorged in February 2017, Lanson's 2009 Brut Vintage Gold Label is more immediate than its 2008 predecessor, bursting from the glass with notes of citrus oil, green apples, fresh peach and wheat toast. Medium to full-bodied, pillowy and charming, it's bright and penetrating, but also comparatively giving and approachable for a young-vintage Lanson." - William Kelly, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Champagne Lanson Gold Label Brut Vintage 1979 Magnum

R11,994.99 inc. VAT
A deep copper golden colour. On the nose, initial impacts of spicy and candied fruits. The palate is an abundance of fruit and deep candied flavours, the length on the mid palate is good with complexity throughout until the finish.

Château de Pibarnon Bandol Rosé 2019

R440.00 inc. VAT
Shimmering orange-pink. Powerful, mineral-accented white peach, raspberry and melon scents, along with building citrus pith and floral nuances. Palate-staining red berry, blood orange, nectarine and lavender flavors deftly meld depth and energy. Shows strong tension and repeating mineral character on the strikingly long finish, which leaves a suave floral note behind.

Château Margaux Grand Vin Premier Grand Cru Classé 2004

R9,995.00 inc. VAT
"The 2004 Chateau Margaux has always been a promising wine and here, served blind against the First Growths, it finally proved that patience is necessary when it comes to such wines. It has an exquisite bouquet with brilliant delineation, scents of redcurrant, raspberry coulis, cold stone (almost flint-like) with pencil-lead and cedar lending it a Pauillac-like sense of aristocratic flair. The palate is extremely well balanced with a supple opening, nigh perfect acidity with a surprisingly citric undercurrent that lends so much freshness and tension. While it does not have the weight and power of say, 2000, 2005 or 2009, it cruises along with utmost harmony and you become smitten by its charms - something that is perhaps in short supply among the First Growths in this vintage. This is excellent. " Neal Martin, Wine Advocate

Colmant Methode Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage

R299.00 inc. VAT
"Lightly wooded, with 20% reserve wine and nearly four years on lees, this Blanc de Blancs is based on the 2015 vintage. Toasty and tangy, with large bubbles, some baking spice and brioche flavours and some phenolics on the finish." - Tim Atkin MW, South African Special Report 2019

Coravin Model Three Wine Lover Set

R5,250.00 inc. VAT
Featuring a molded architecture in a neutral colorway and limited accessories, the Model Three is the perfect entry point to Coravin Wine Preservation Systems. This set includes the Coravin Aerator, for an elevated wine experience, ideal perfect for the aspiring enthusiast. Includes Model Three Wine Preservation System, 2 Coravin Pure™ Capsules, 1 Coravin Aerator,1 Coravin Screw Cape, 1 Coravin Needle (Black)

Coravin® Pivot™

R2,295.00 inc. VAT
For the first time in the history of Coravin, the cork or screwcap is removed from the bottle of wine and replaced with a Pivot Stopper (compatible with all still wine closure types and bottle shapes). The Pivot does not have a needle and therefore occupies its own space in the range of wine preservation systems from Coravin. The ingenious combination of the Pivot Stopper and Device preserves the remaining bottle for up to 4 weeks, ensuring the last glass is just as amazing as the first. Insert the tube of the Pivot into the stopper, tilt the bottle so that the Pivot’s spout is over the mouth of your glass and press the button to pour. This set includes 1 Pivot device (black), 2 Pivot stoppers, 1 argon gas cylinder

Danie Junior Chenin Blanc 2020

R95.00 inc. VAT
Ripe quince, pineapple and stone fruit with some interesting savory undertones. Lightly textured palate, with a hint of sweetness and balancing crunchy acid, results in a brisk finish.

Danie Junior Red Blend 2018

R110.01 inc. VAT
Interesting herbaceous profile, showing earthy, crushed leaf components and even agave, but without any green, bitter elements. The palate is broad, with red fruited accessibility, and the property’s signature structure and firm tannins. Medium bodied.

Domaine du Pelican Arbois Poulsard 2016

R485.00 inc. VAT
"Produced exclusively with the fruit from the old Jacques Puffeney vineyard, the 2016 Arbois Poulsard is the second vintage of a very pale, floral and light red that many could call a rosé, with the character of the grape and Burgundian precision and clarity. The destemmed grapes fermented in oak vats and aged in oak foudre for ten months. It's really fresh, light and tasty. They produced 4,000 bottles in this second vintage." - Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Domaine du Pélican Savagnin Ouillé 2016

R450.00 inc. VAT
"Showing the pure varietal profile, the 2016 Arbois Savagnin Ouillé reflects very much the style of Domaine du Pelican—clean, fresh and focused wines. It fermented and aged in foudre and 500-liter barrels for ten months. It has good ripeness and nicely integrated oak. The palate revealed pungent flavors or great intensity and good acidity. 18,000 bottled produced. The aim is to make Savagnin the grape of the Domaine. This is my favourite wine of the portfolio, a wine with energy and character" - Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Domaine Juliette Avril Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2017

R485.00 inc. VAT
Avril's cuvée tradition, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape, is a blend of 65% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, aged in a combination of foudres and cement tanks. Some herbal notes accent raspberries and stone fruit in this full-bodied wine, which is silky enough, with a peppery finish. It's well made and harmonious, if not particularly intense or long." - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

La Rioja Alta Viña Ardanza Reserva 2012

R530.00 inc. VAT
Garnacha is an important component in the 2012 Viña Ardanza Reserva, where it represents 20% of the blend (the rest is, of course, Tempranillo). 2011 was a difficult vintage for Garnacha, so Viña Ardanza was not produced that year and they jumped from 2010, which had the mention "Selección Especial," to 2012, where it returns to the regular Reserva. The wine is a prototype of polished and aged Rioja with a ruby color with some orange and a developed nose with subtle aromas of decayed leaves, sweet spices and some cherries in liqueur even, quite complex and harmonious. The palate is velvety but rich, with resolved tannins and a fine chalky mouthfeel, sleek and elegant, terribly balanced. The flavors are pure and defined, and there is an overall sense of harmony that I like very much. Brilliant Ardanza! They produced no less than 600,000 bottles of this wine, which is remarkable. It has been in bottle since March 2016, so it's very approachable but should also age nicely in bottle. Drink or keep. - Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate

Lafarge-Vial Fleurie “Joie du Palais” 2016 Magnum

R960.01 inc. VAT
"The 2016 Fleurie Joie de Palais was lucky to escape the hail that stopped 50 meters from Lafarge’s parcel. It has a more earthy, stony bouquet with fine tension, the palate quite saline in the mouth and maybe not quite as detailed on the finish as the Chiroubles. It is an enjoyable Fleurie, although I discerned much more complexity within their Clos Vernay this year." - Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2019

R435.00 inc. VAT
“[Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2019] is a seamless assemblage of four parcels - Sandford, Mrs M, Windansea and Seadragon...Wonderfully sweet and refreshing, it's an acidity-led cuvée in 2019, with remarkable vibrancy and focus, fine-grained tannins and top notes of rose petal and fresh lily. The 20% whole bunches add some tobacco and fresh earth notes.” – 96 points, Tim Atkin MW (South Africa 2020 Special Report)

Oremus Tokaji Mandolás Dry Furmint 2018

R350.00 inc. VAT
Gloriously refined. Bright, fresh attack with notes of lime and stone minerality. Limpid, pure, saline. Altogether an original. Furmint at its most precise, with clear Burgundian character.

Paolo Scavino Dolcetto d’Alba 2019

R285.00 inc. VAT
The Paolo Scavino Dolcetto d'Alba is a lean and easy red wine that offers bright primary fruit with plenty of blackberry, black cherry and summer plum. The fruit is presented with naked transparency and bright intensity, making it perfect for a weeknight at home with take-home pizza or cheese flatbread. That dark fruit cedes to earthy tones of clay and crushed stone.

Ronco del Gnemiz Sauvignon “Péri” 2019

R795.00 inc. VAT
"The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Péri is intense. It’s deep and bassy at first, lifting up with a pungent yet truly seductive display of crushed stone, wild herbs and moist earth, lifted by hints of zested lemon and yellow florals. The textures are soft and pliant, yet they give way to nervous acidity and notes of sour citrus, which creates a sensation of inner tension. This becomes salty, bristling with saturating mineral tones offset by ripe apples throughout the long and cheek-puckering finale. A minute goes by, and you can not only still taste but also feel the 2019 Péri on your palate. It’s quite a wine. The Péri hails from the oldest Sauvignon vines (about 45 years old) within the estate vineyards, planted in marl and calcareous soils." - Eric Guido, Vinous

Valenciso Rioja Rosé 2019

R250.00 inc. VAT
Produced with Tempranillo and aged with lees for nine months, the bright pink 2019 shows high ripeness and quite a full body for a rose. It has notes of ripe strawberries and a: twist with a round palate that reveals ripe flavors, finishing dry and with a bitter touch. 4,000 bottles produced. This is the first time I've tasted this rose, but it's not the first year they've produced it. bottles were filled in July 2020.