Pendock Wine Gallery @ Taj

Je suis Marianne

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The French have been growing grapes and producing wine in the Western Cape since 1688 – When the Huguenots fled religious persecution in Louis XIV’s France. Marianne Wine Estate represents a 21st Century enterprise to produce French-style wines that honour both the South African terroir, and the 2000-year-old heritage of Bordeaux winemaking.

Marianne Wine Estate is a boutique winery, with a limited production, with 18 hectares of Marianne Estate’s 36-hectares under vine.

Marianne’s red wines exist within a contemporary space that many consider a shift away from winemaking of old, with Michel Rolland’s global influence regarded as a contributing factor. Marianne Wine Estate red wines are bold and fruit-forward, with well-integrated, softer tannins. Part of the reason for this flavour profile, is the acknowledgement that consumers are demanding Bordeaux blends that are worthy of attention younger than was typical in previous generations. Owner Christian Dauriac is actively involved in the winemaking process, travelling from France to Stellenbosch throughout the year to engage with Marianne’s winemaking team.

Dauriac has French Oak barrels imported to South Africa, constructed for him by the finest coopers in France. Marianne red wines are barrel-aged in new French oak for up to two years. A minimum of three years passes from the time the grapes are harvested to any vintage’s initial availability.

The vines are harvested by hand at optimal alcoholic and phenolic ripeness. This is typically a month later than neighbouring estates. The berries are then sorted by hand, twice, first bunch-by-bunch, and then grape-by-grape. This extra level of selection ensures that only the best fruit finds its way into your glass. This level of care is labour-intensive, and takes longer, but the winemaking team is convinced that the extra effort is rewarded, and that you will taste the difference.

Who is Marianne?

Marianne is a young, vital woman, a fictional character who personifies the French Republic and its ideals: Liberty, Brotherhood, and Equality. She is the face on European Union Euro coins, French postage stamps, and New York City’s Statue of Liberty.

Marie-Anne was a very popular female first name in France in the late 18th century. The first record use of the name “Marianne” to describe the French Republic comes from 1792.

Natana Range:

The Natana wines have been created to complement our existing premium range of wines. They are crafted by our own winemakers under the supervision and final approval of Christian Dauriac and Michel Rolland. The Natana range is created to be enjoyed young, ideal as an easy-drinking everyday wine.

Natana Cuvée Blanche 2014 – R70.00:
Natana Cuvée Blanche is the perfect summer libation. True to its African origins, this youthful blend of handcrafted wines achieves a beautiful balance of tropical fruit, freshness and minerality. Enjoy on its own as an aperitif, or pair with fruit dishes or sushi.

Natana Cuvee Rouge 2013 – R70.00:
Young and fresh red blend of Pinotage (65%) and Merlot (35%) to be consumed quickly. Light yet complex with a meaty approach and cherry stalk finish. Pair with cook-outs, barbecue meats, and will do well with tomato sauce pastas.

Selena Range:

Selena by Marianne is a new addition to the Marianne range in 2011. We are extremely proud of the results we have achieved with this young wine made to be consumed within 3 to 4 years. While we use only Marianne Estate fruit, the winemaking process for Selena is very different. They are an everyday drinking wine – To be enjoyed on their own as an aperitif, or paired with a light dinner, pastas or light meats.

Selena Cuvée Blanche 2014 – R90.00:
Selena Cuvee Blanche is the latest addition to the Selena range. It is an aromatic and fruitful white wine that reveals its African nature on the nose through subtle notes of fynbos, the Cape native natural vegetation. Bursting with tropical fruit, the palate is balanced by exceptional minerality yet controlled acidity.

Selena Red Blend 2011 – R90.00:
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Shiraz (15%) with a touch of Merlot and Pinotage, this wine was aged for 1 year only in 100% second fill French barrels. This limited use of oak has yielded a fantastic every day wine that is easy drinking and youthful but remains true to the Estate’s distinctive style. It is medium-bodied and fruity with maximum character and flavor with great ageing potential. Selena is an easier drinking little sister to The Estate Cape Blend, with the characteristics of the Marianne clay-driven terroir come through in a lighter styled wine. Red berries on the nose, straight tannins for a youthful red blend experience.

Estate Wines:

Marianne Wine Estate presents rich, nuanced food wines with exemplary aging potential, making them suitable for wine collectors. The wines are also prepared to display full fruit and tightly integrated tannins upon a vintage’s initial release. This careful balance ensures a fantastic drinking experience immediately, and a wine that will improve with age in the bottle for at least the next ten years.

Marianne Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – R220.00:
A stunning deep red in colour, this wine beautifully expresses fruit flavours of plum and red cherry. The taste is wonderfully intense with flavours of well ripened dark fruits, blackberry and mint. This wine is perfect to drink now yet could mature well within the bottle for a further 6 years. This wine is easily drinkable on its own but will also complement flavourful meat very well. We recommend a seasoned beef steak or if you prefer fish then a juicy seared tuna steak.

Marianne Estate Floreal 2007 – R360.00:
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (49%), Merlot (47%) and Shiraz (4%). An intense, vibrant red demonstrating aromas of blackberries, mint and herbs with some floral notes. The flavour profile is powerful and complex, featuring dark fruits, ripe cherry and subtle smokiness. Initially intense, flavours soften exquisitely to leave a pleasant aftertaste. The wine is still a little complex and would benefit from maturation to express its best flavour. Ageing potential 5 to 10 years. The Marianne Floreal is made for special occasions. Easily enjoyed alone, this is the perfect wine for big flavours. We recommend beef or game such as venison.

Autumn in Alsace

Keats was talking about autumn when he called it a “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness/ close bosom-friend of the maturing sun/ conspiring with him how to load and bless/ with fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run.” I think it was grapes from such vines that produced the six Rieslings in our autumn exhibition this month.

Mellow fruitfulness is the hallmark of a great Riesling and we see this expression in three wines from Alsace and three from the Cape.

Maturation is essential for this most complex of all white wines and the examples from Alsace are well on their way to greatness while the South Africans are just starting out.

Our autumn arrivistes are

Biecher & Schaal Grand Cru Sommerberg Alsace Riesling 2011

Biecher & Schaal Grand Cru Kastelberg Alsace Riesling 2012

Biecher & Schaal Grand Cru Rosacker Alsace Riesling 2012

Nederburg Riesling 2014

Lothian Riesling 2012

Hartenberg Riesling 2012

Robertson Rocks

The average Portuguese consumes 57 Kg of fish a year. Which is quite remarkable as its probably more than her average body weight and certainly way more than the European norm of 21.5 Kg. Only the Japanese and Icelanders eat more. Which makes Miss Lucy from Springfield Estate in Robertson a tasty export for the Portuguese market as Miss Lucy is the nickname for Red Stumpnose. Yet here at SISAB, the annual Portuguese food and wine show in Lisboa now in its 20th vintage, the Maputo agent for Springfield (below) has never heard of the wine.

What makes it doubly mysterious is that in Mozambique, imported wines from Portugal suffer under 147% duty while imports from SA come in with a VAT charge of 17%. A no-brainer for the fish-loving Mozzies who are world famous for their prawns.

Robertson is full of such vinous mysteries which is why some ignorant SA wine writers disparage the appellation. We love it and this month will be focusing on six wines from three producers who are rewriting the SA cellar book at the Pendock Wine Gallery @ Taj. Springfiled, Esona and De Wetshof all make dramatic terroir wines that speak of the place the grapes were grown. The wines include the

De Wetshof Finesse Chardonnay 2013
De Wetshof Nature in Concert Pinot Noir 2010
Springfield Miss Lucy 2014
Springfield Ancienne Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Esona Sauvignon Blanc 2013 and
Esona Shiraz 2012

Lemmoenfontein

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The Pendock Wine Gallery @ Taj Cape Town invite you to attend the opening of our new exhibition where we will be showcasing the wines of Lemoenfontein. The exhibition will showcase the Lemoenfontein Range. The exhibition opening will take place from 6 – 9pm on next week Thursday, 8th January and you are welcome to join us at any time during the session.

Lemoenfontein is a modest farm in the Siebritskloof of the Paardeberg in the increasingly fashionable Swartland appellation of South Africa. The farm has 17 hectares of vineyards, and 20 hectares of very rare fynbos. Juan Louw is the winemaker, and we will be showcasing the following wines for the month of January:

  • Lemoenfontein Sauvignon Blanc
  • Lemoenfontein Chenin Blanc
  • Lemoenfontein Fernao Pires
  • Lemoenfontein White Pinotage
  • Lemoenfontein Dry White
  • Lemoenfontein Rosé
  • Lemoenfontein Pinotage
  • Lemoenfontein Tinta Barocca
  • Astronaut Touriga Nacional

If you are unable to attend the exhibition opening night on Thursday, feel free to pop in throughout the month of January, Monday to Friday from 12-7pm, where they will be available for tasting and purchase.

 

What our Gallery is all about:

The Pendock Wine Gallery @ Taj Cape Town opened in September 2013. The Wine Gallery is just that, a gallery that treats wine as one would fine art. You have heard of the Art of Winemaking, we feel that the wine makers are artists of sun and soil and wine. We take it one step further and exhibit wines chosen by various wine personalities each month around a central theme. The wines, or sometimes brandies, are available for tasting throughout the month in which they are showcased. They are also featured on the wine list in the Mint Restaurant for the exhibition month.

Over the past year we have had a variety of themes from Terroir, and the wines of Jordan, to CBCB showcasing the Chenin Blancs from Charles Banks and Mulderbosch, to Bulls and Bears (http://neilpendock.com/bulls-and-bears/), showcasing the RECM Best Value winners.  In July we invited you to snuggly up with Brandies, and showcased six award winning brandies in the ‘n Vuur Gevang in Glas exhibition. We hadPOW! With the Paarl Oscars of Wine, and Perdeberg’s Dryland Collection Joseph’s Legacy won the Poppie from Paarl. In WOW! We showcased the Top 10 wines in the Quest for the Best Wellington wines.  There was also Richard’s Rockstars showcasing the KWV Revolution. We had a 1974 vintage wine to taste against its 2011 counter-part, and a Rhône red to taste against the local Shiraz. It was definitely a showcase to see (and more importantly – taste!). We have come far from our first exhibition: Pinotage: Naughty Boy of SAwine, showcasing six of the ABSA Top 10 Pinotages, back in September 2013. Most recently we celebrated last month with Laborie and their award winning Sparklers!
We are open Monday to Friday from 12-7pm in the Taj Hotel, and guests are able to come and the taste wines, or brandies on show, andbuy, should they like what they taste. It is a great way for guests to experience some of the winelands, without leaving the city. We also have private tastings from time to time, according to guest’s requests. The Taj has hosted special private dinners in the Pendock Wine Gallery. We have also started offering various brandy and cognac tastings, with a variety of options available to suit any guest’s requirements.

We are also part of the First-Thursdays and open our exhibitions at the same time as the other Art Galleries on the first Thursday of every month. The only difference is that you get to drink our art!

Value for money

Guest lecturing at the UCT Business School Wine Business Management Programme last month, I chose the topic “value for money in the wine trade.” A controversial subject as what is meant by “value?” Is it status as in buying mediocre French Champagne over excellent local Methode Cap Classique? Paying over the odds for a Swartland Cuvee which in some cases is really just co-op wine with a fancy label? A wine which dings your dong in terms of organoleptic pleasure?

I ended up with “something that is well worth the money spent on it” but then the same question could be asked about “worth.” The whole subject is moot as a decade ago Antonio Rangel, associate professor of economics at CalTech, used functional magnetic resonance imaging to observe the brains of 20 people as they were given the same Cabernet Sauvignon and told it cost anything from £2.50 to £45 a bottle. Most described the “higher-priced” wine as much more enjoyable. With the inescapable conclusion that knowing that a wine is expensive makes it tastes better.

Which could explain that when Antony Beck wanted to launch his pricey Capensis Chardonnay last month, three quarters of the guests were visualizers for the Platter sighted wine label guide who are masters of assessing wines with their eyes.

For the Capensis to stand a chance of five star glory, one of these visualizers will need to nominate it for five stars and tasting it alongside even pricier Leflaive GC Corton-Charlemagne 2012 and Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay 2011 in a million dollar Clifton second beach bungalow is a good start, given the Rangel conjecture.

Producers of more modest means can enter their wines in the weekly RECM Best Value Tastings where wines are assessed blind and then prices predicted on the basis of scores achieved. Wines with the biggest discount to recommended retail price are then featured on this blog and a soon to be released all-singing, all-dancing RECM Best Value website that 406 Media is designing.

The best value six pack from last year’s tasting comprises

Goedverwacht Sauvignon Blanc
Rooiberg Chardonnay
Saam Mountain Chenin Blanc
Kranskop Merlot
Bergsig Bulldozer Pinotage
Slanghoek Camerca

Wines you can taste on Thursday afternoon at the Pendock Wine Gallery @ Taj Hotel as part of the First Thursday’s perambulation. See you there!

Laborie

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Laborie Méthode Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2010 – R110.00
This complex and indulgent MCC shows clarity of fruit on the nose. Hints of lime are accompanied by aromas of toasted bread and hazelnut. The palate is creamy, round and textured with an explosive acidity and lasting, elegant finish.
Served well chilled, this wine can be enjoyed on its own or with oysters, delicate seafood dishes and salads.

Laborie Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2010 – R100.00
This pale straw coloured Methode Cap Classique shows a vibrant intensity, yet remains elegant and fine in style. On the nose it shows slight perfume and berry aromas with hints of subtle yeastiness and brioche. The palate is balanced, with a fine, textured mousse and lingering, crisp finish – all perfectly integrated for pure enjoyment.
Served well chilled, this wine can be enjoyed on its own or with oysters, delicate seafood dishes and light salads.

Laborie Méthode Cap Classique Brut Rosé 2011 – R100.00
This dark salmon pink MCC shows lifted floral, strawberry and violets, with undertones of Turkish delight and red apple on the nose. The palate is elegant, lively and vibrant with a fine mousse and lingering, crisp finish – all perfectly integrated for pure enjoyment.
Served well chilled, this wine can be enjoyed on its own or with oysters, delicate seafood dishes and light salads.

Laborie Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – R60.00
This layered Sauvignon Blanc shows prominent aromas of grapefruit and tropical fruit along with hints of perfume, green fig and floral characters. Fresh, crisp and elegant flavours linger on the palate and deliver a zesty finish.
Enjoy now or cellar for 20 months from vintage date. Enjoy this wine on its own or with a variety of salads, white meat dishes and fresh seafood. Sauvignon Blanc is best enjoyed when chilled.

Laborie Chardonnay 2013 – R60.00
This elegant Chardonnay has upfront litchi, green apple and orange peel aromas, complimented by slight cream and biscuit undertones. The palate is juicy and intense with flavour hints of shortbread and citrus. The wine is well balanced and vibrant with a zesty and prolonged finish.
Enjoy on its own or with a variety of seafood and creamy pasta dishes. Serve well chilled.

This refined Merlot has aromas of cherry, raspberry and crushed herbs with some spice and earthy nuances. The palate is vibrant and juicy with noticeably integrated tannins and a lingering finish.
This wine can be enjoyed on its own, with pasta dishes that have a tomato-based sauce, roast duck, or chicken or grilled steak.

Quest for the Best – Wines of Wellington

Hot on the heels of PoP! the Paarl Oscars of wine, comes our November exhibition at the Pendock Wine Gallery @ Taj: WoW! a showcase of wines from Wellington. Six producers are featured this month: Diemersfontein, Doolhof, Dunstone, Linton Park, Welbedacht and Wellington Wines.

What is Quest for the Best?
“Quest for the Best” is a competition initiated for Wellington by Wellington, celebrating the wine district’s quest to showcase the overall quality and diversity of the Wine of Origin Wellington. The competition is growing every year and ensuring that more and more people are finding a unique Wellington Treasure. A total of 64 wines were sampled and judged at a blind-tasting session by five esteemed Sommelier-judges on 21 July, to arrive at the following Top 10 winners:

The ‘Quest for the Best’ top 10 wines of Wellington for 2014 are:

  • Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Pinotage Reserve 2012
  • Diemersfontein Thokozani CCV 2012
  • Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Viognier Reserve 2012
  • Doolhof Wine Estate Theseus 2009
  • Dunstone Shiraz 2012
  • Linton Park Wines – Louis Fourie Chardonnay 2013
  • Welbedacht Cricket Pitch 2005
  • Welbedacht Wine Estate Pinotage 2011
  • Wellington Wines – Bovlei Cellar Chenin Blanc 2014
  • Wellington Wines – La Cave Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

More about each wine:

Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Pinotage 2012:
On the nose cherries and blueberries with sweet vanilla undertones followed by soft mouth filling tannin. This wine lends its self to rich lamb casseroles and gentle Malay type curries

Diemersfontein Thokozani CCV – Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier 2012:
On the nose pineapple, white pear, peaches and lime notes giving way to subtle floral honeysuckle scents contributing to complexity. The lingering acidity together with the medium weight mouth feel from extended time on the lees ensures the lasting balance of the wine. Together with a meal of Kingklip and passion fruit sauce or prawn spring rolls and a trio of citrus sauces ensures that this wine is enjoyed to new heights.

Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Viognier 2012:
Apricots, orange peel, citrus and biscuit followed by rich mouth feel with lingering marmalade aftertaste. A concentrated wine to be enjoyed with smoked pork neck, risotto or game fish.

Doolhof Theseus 2009:
A classic Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Purple in colour, showing some maturation.
The nose is forthcoming with blackberry, black cherry and cassis. The palate is full and juicy with soft, fine, well integrated tannins. The wine shows great depth with a long, lingering finish.

Dunstone Shiraz 2012:
This is a beautifully full bodied structured wine. Complex with wonderful red fruit flavours and sweet spice from the oak. The palate shows a good tannin structure accompanied by a spicy and lengthy finish.

Linton Park Wines: Louis Fourie Chardonnay 2013:
Light pineapple and mango tones on the nose. The pallet is filled with lemon and pineapple aromas and leaves a buttery finish.

Welbedacht Cricket Pitch 2005:
Full red-ruby. Vibrant aromas of blackcurrant, minerals, dark chocolate, liquorice and orange blossom. Concentrated and harmonious showing the full range of aromas from floral, red berry and oak to fresh earth, dry herb and sweet spice. The palate is well rounded and full bodied with
massive fruit concentration and spice. Great balance with fine elegance.

Welbedacht Wine Estate Pinotage 2011:
Dark with vibrant violet tinges, a fusion of freshly picked red berries, showing intense cherry and raspberry interlaced with sweet oak aromas of vanilla, cocoa and smoked meat. The palate is rich and ripe followed by a delightful lingering sensation of cherry, dark chocolate, cinnamon and
crushed black pepper.

Wellington Wines: Bovlei Chenin Blanc 2014:
It has undertones of hay, an abundance of tropical, guava aromas that carry through on the palate and a crisp, dry aftertaste. It should be enjoyed young to fully appreciate its fruitiness. Serve chilled with poultry, pork, pizza or pasta dishes or mild cheeses.

Wellington Wines: La Cave Cabernet Sauvignon 2011:
A big wine, packed with blackberry, cassis and mocha notes, leading to a long complex finish. Full bodied yet supple; ideal with red meat.

Joubert-Tradauw Private Cellar

Joubert-Tradauw Private Cellar is a boutique, family owned cellar situated in the Tradouw Valley, Klein Karoo on the R62, just outside of Barrydale. They believe in little intervention in the cellar, with the emphasis on good winemaking procedures and a true expression of the Tradouw valley’s unique terroir.

Owner/Viticulturist and Winemaker Meyer Joubert, produces old world style wines that are classic, elegant and well balanced. Focussing on spontaneous/natural fermentation, no fining or filtering, with maturation for over a year in Burgundy oak Barrels, these all translate into wines that present a unique sense of place. His challenge is to capture the magic of the Tradouw valley in his wines, utilising what is provided, with little intervention, Meyer lives close to nature, tuning in to its moods and responding accordingly.

Joubert-Tradauw Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2012

Low yield south sloping vineyards. The soil is predominantly well drained gravely shale. The grapes, clone 277 were handpicked end of March, fermented in 500 litre Burgundy barrels and matured on the lees for twelve months, 50% new barrels.
Elegant and feminine; hints of floral and almond; finely integrated oak leading to a citrus burst on the finish.
Pairs well with: fish/oysters; subtle Thai/curry dishes; cream-based pasta dishes; Roast Pork; Prawns and Calamari
Alc 14.27% Vol; Res 2.4 g/l; pH 3.16; TA 6.3g/l

Joubert-Tradauw “R62” Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

A Cabernet Sauvignon – led blend with a small percentage of Merlot. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are from a single vineyard on very rocky and clay soils. Kanonkop vineyard, clone 46. The grapes were picked by hand as late as April, as a result of the low night temperatures in summer. Yield was only 7 tons/ha. The wine was matured for 24 months in French oak, 30% new barrels and bottled with no filtration.
Cassis nose; mulberry and redcurrant with hints of cedar and vanilla spice; raspberries and black cherries dominate the palate; fine tannins with a long finish.
Pairs well with: Klein-Karoo lamb shank; Oxtail; Tomato-based pastas; Seared Tuna .
Alc 13.20% Vol; Res 1.9g/l; pH 3.53; TA 5.7g/l

Joubert-Tradauw Syrah 2011

This block of Shiraz has endured the most challenging conditions. It grows on heavy clay soils, with lots of sand stone (Klip vineyard clone SH99). It was harvested in Mid-March by hand and matured for 24 months in French oak barrels, 30% new.
Juicy celebration of the Syrah grape; floral and perfume notes; lively middle palate; minerality; soft tannins with natural acidity adding freshness.
Pairs well with: Ostrich with wild mushrooms; Potjiekos; Karoo Lamb Shank and Oxtail with sage/thyme.
Alc 13.32% Vol; Res 1.7g/l; pH 3.48 TA 5.7g/l

Joubert-Tradauw Cab Franc 2013 – first release 600 bottles only

Deep plum colour; lush, deep black berry fruit; complex with subtle peppery freshness; very pleasant, long, silky finish.

Joubert-Tradauw Pinot Noir 2013 – first release 4,000 bottles only

Medium garnet colour; floral, exotic spice, cranberry and raspberry; mineral and bright with a good sense of place; fine tannins, powerful , and balanced; will age 20 years+.

POW Paarl Oscars of Win – Sep 2014

wowbannerIs Paarl the most unappreciated wine appellation in SA? For starters, it’s home to the most awarded producers: Nederburg and KWV and has some stunning wine co-operatives such as Perdeberg and Windmeul and is the stomping ground of SA’s most innovative wine marketer, Charles Back of Fairvew fame. It has the cellar with the strangest name, Druk My Niet, and has an estate owned by an astronaut, Olsen Wines. It has a five star hotel named after a cockroach and is crawling with bureaucrats at Vinpro HQ. Yet when it comes to blowing its own vuvuzela, Paarl is strangely silent. Drowned out by Stellenbosch and the Swartland.
All this will change this month as we unveil the finalists for the Paarl Oscars of Wine. Consisting of nine wines called POP (Pick of Paarl), visitors to this exhibition have a chance to taste and vote for their favourite to win the Oscar. Lucky voters will have a chance to win big prizes.

Drumroll. Cue cheesy music.
The nominees are:
Laborie Brut MCC 2010
Perdeberg Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2014
KWV Mentor’s Semillon 2013
Welgemeend Chenin Blanc 2014
Boland Kelder No.1 Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013
KWV Mentor’s Chardonnay 2012
Perdeberg Dryland Collection Joseph’s Legacy 2012
Rhebokskloof Shiraz 2011
Nederburg Noble Late Harvest 2012

We’re planning an Oscar Awards dinner that will be bigger than Ricky Gervaise at the Golden Globes or Marlon Brando and Sacheen Littlefeather (born Marie Louise Cruz) at the 45th Academy Awards. Franschhoek will simply plotz (v. Yiddish, to fall down from extreme excitement) with jealousy.

Laborie Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2010: R100.00
This pale straw coloured Méthode Cap Classique shows a vibrant intensity, yet remains elegant and fine in style. On the nose it shows slight perfume and berry aromas with hints subtle yeastiness and brioche. The palate is balanced, with a fine textured mousse and lingering, crisp finish – all perfectly integrated for pure enjoyment.

Perdeberg Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2014: R60.00
A tropical nose with freshly cut grass, asparagus and hints of bell pepper. The palate experiences a fresh, crisp acidity. Enjoy with salads; seafood; lightly flavoured pasta, pizza.

KWV Mentors Semillon 2013: R180.00
This wine is vibrant, intense and lively with scent of floral blooms and zesty green lime. The palate is fine and austere with a touch of well integrated oak, and a lovely fine acidity that rolls into a lingering finish.

Welgemeend Chenin Blanc 2014: R60.00
Careful blending of wine sourced from the very best Paarl vineyards results in this beautiful wine. Guavas, ripe apples and pears are abundantly present in this typical tropical fruit driven Chenin Blanc. The fresh acidity balances the fruit and produces a wine that will pair well with chicken, fish, veal and cream based dishes.

Boland No.1 Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013: R90.00
The prominent citrus flavours of the well-balanced full-bodied wine complement the highly attractive golden-green colour while the underlying wood component combines well with the fresh fruit aromas.
Further complexity comes from barrel fermentation and lengthened exposure to fine lees. Full and well-rounded on the palate, yet elegant, it is finished with a lingering vanilla aftertaste.

KWV Mentors Chardonnay 2012: R200.00
This is a well-balanced and medium bodied wine that displays the true characteristics of a cool climate Chardonnay. On the nose there are beautiful floral, citrus blossom and apricot aromas with fresh lime and mineral tones. This elegant wine has subtle hints of cedary oak and raw almonds with a lively, lingering finish.