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BLANKbottle Rabbitsfoot 2019

R280.00 inc. VAT
"The vines grow very high on the Helderberg mountain in Stellenbosch. The owner of the vineyard makes a natural, sweet wine from it and has a very specific way of doing this. It boils down to him pinching the stems of the bunches in order for the grapes to dry while hanging on the vine. In this process, the berries lose water and flavour, acid and sugar concentrate. They then harvest the raisiny berries and end up with a natural sweet white wine. Unfortunately, though, it seems that not only humans have a sweet tooth. The baboons love the sweet berries and come down from the mountain and feast on the top part of the vineyard. The farmer therefore had a problem. He needed a buffer between his precious sweet stuff and the mountain baboons and decided to give me the top part of this awesome vineyard (on the flat top section). I pick this early in the season, leaving no berries on the vines. This fools the baboons into thinking that there are no grapes left on the bottom part of the vines either. This strategy worked well for a couple of years but started to change in 2019. The baboons realised what we were doing and broke through the buffer zone to strike the bottom section of the vineyard - making the 2019 most likely the last vintage, with a total of 900 bottles produced. Rabbitsfoot does not taste like traditional Sauvignon blanc at all. It is ripe, barrel-fermented and aged. An awesome, very different expression of South African Sauvignon Blanc. The label is a combination of Linocuts, and hand-drawings showing an a-symmetrical shape that is very close to my heart. Sort of similar to the a-symmetrical wine in the bottle. It tastes the complete opposite of what one might expect." Producer's note

François Cotat Sancerre Les Caillottes 2018

R515.00 inc. VAT
Cuvée des Caillottes has been around since 2005 and is a great introduction to the Cotat style. Its delicate nose expresses fruity aromas of citrus fruit and flowers. On the palate we find an impressive structure, fine volume, purity and a crystalline substance, always very fruity. A beautiful finish with saline notes.

François Cotat Sancerre les Monts Damnés 2018

R675.00 inc. VAT
Cuvée Mont Damnés comes from vines which are over 35 years old, harvested by hand and grown in a sustainable environment. The wine, neither filtered nor clarified, displays fine maturity, coupled with successful ageing in old barrels. Long and crystalline, on the palate there is considerable volume and a mature, rich and concentrated substance. Balance, minerality and tension are the key words of this wine, a benchmark of the appellation.

Keermont Fleurfontein 2018

"Produced with cordon cut grapes that are dried on the vine, this barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc sweet wine is rich and exotic, boasting 230 grams and an elevated level of volatile acidity. Passion fruit and honeycomb combine on the palate to enticing effect." - Tim Atkin, South African Special Report 2018

Keermont Fleurfontein 2019

Yellow gold in colour with copper tinge, the Fleurfontein 2019 exudes aromas of dried apricot, lime marmalade, and ripe orange rind with hints of hazelnut and vanilla. The palate is full and creamy with concentrated flavours of dried fruits and marzipan with a grassy freshness. A central core of acidity gives the wine a long, complex, and succulent finish with a slightly salty touch. Drink now through to 2031.

Ronco del Gnemiz Sauvignon “Lozeta” 2019

R675.00 inc. VAT
Crushed stone, candied lemon peels, green apple and dusty dried flowers all rise up effortlessly from the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Lozeta. It’s silky-smooth, almost oily in feel, yet there’s an energy and precision within that excites the senses as saline-minerals add tension over a dense core of ripe stone fruits. The cheeks pucker with youthful tension as tart citrus and inner florals linger long. The 2019 Lozeta could use a year or two of cellaring to reveal all of its charms.

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

Ronco del Gnemiz Sauvignon “Salici” 2019

R575.00 inc. VAT
"The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Salici lifts up with an enticing display of mineral-infused peach, dusty yellow flowers and a hint of honied almonds. It’s silky and round in feel, caressing the palate with ripe orchard fruits balanced by a wave of zesty citrus and salty acidity. There’s a bit of a tropical touch that lingers through the long and refreshing finale." - Eric Guido, Vinous

Ronco del Gnemiz Sauvignon “Serena Palazzolo e Figli” 2019

R385.00 inc. VAT
Aristocratic Sauvignon Bianco with a complex bouquet of gooseberries and citrus notes, plus mineral notes and a hint of grass. A white with excellent varietal character, remarkable density and depth, and surprisingly good value and longevity for its class.

Ronco del Gnemiz Sauvignon “Sol” 2019

R795.00 inc. VAT
"The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Sol is a bit more extroverted and fruit-focused than the Péri, but that’s not to say that it lacks at all in character and verve. Dried apricot, peach and vanilla bean gain further depths with a spritz of lime and hints of wild herbs. It’s soft, almost oily in texture, offset by notes of tart green apple, ginger and savory spice, creating an expression of contrasts. Hints of kiwi, sour melon and saline-mineral tones linger impressively long while residual acids slowly fizzle out. The Sol is sourced from a lower-elevation parcel in the estate vineyards, planted in rocky, calcareous soils." - Eric Guido, Vinous