“The best Cape wines are world class and represent outstanding value for money” Tim Atkin MW
Cape Classics Case Offer – excellent quality and variety
The quote from Tim Atkin MW Special Report on South Africa 2019 underlines what this Cape Classics Case Offer is all about.
Cape Classics Case Offer shows the excellent quality and variety that can be found in South Africa. “Ever creative, ever evolving, the (South African) wine industry continues to surprise and delight me.” Tim Atkin MW.
There is a stunning range of award-winning wines here from Walker Bay to Stellenbosch, from Western Cape to cool climate Elgin and Elim. They are all from small family-run producers and show the sheer variety of grapes and distinctive wines now being produced in South Africa.
It comes complete with Tasting Notes
Barton Chenin Blanc 2020 Walker Bay (1 bottle)
Dry, full-flavoured Chenin Blanc with a zingy palate of pears together with tinges of apricot and guava, finished off with a lime finish and good length. This wine is made by hand-picked grapes in Barton’s vineyards in the Botriver area on the cooler south slopes of the Kogelberg HIlls, which are cooled by Atlantic breezes from Walker Bay. After fermentation, the wine is left on the lees for 4 months before racking and bottling. Chenin Blanc is a grape which ages particularly gracefully, and this is an excellent example which is still drinking well. It is a good food wine with great length.
Strandveld First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Elim – Cape Agulhas (1 bottle)
(93 Points Greg Sherwood MW)
Wonderfully fresh and elegant herbaceous aromas of tropical fruit and elderflower are followed by an expressive, beautifully balanced, and fresh light gooseberry flavours with terrific length. This aptly named First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Southern most winery in South Africa, just 9 kilometres from the sea, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean off Cape Agulhas, Here the winds can be so strong that vineyard workers find it hard to stand up! This is a cool climate South Africa and well-respected winemaker Conrad Vlok focusses on producing excellent quality grapes and many of their wines have achieved accolades. You can read more about Strandveld on our News & View Page.
Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Elgin (1 bottle)
(91 Points Tim Atkin MW Special Report South Africa 2020: 17 points Jancis Robinson MW)
Akin to a Sancerre/Pouilly Fumê in style, this appealing Sauvignon has an aromatic nose with fine mineral notes with gooseberry and grapefruit aromas. The palate is so well balanced and elegant, with classic Sauvignon Blanc flavours of grapefruit and light gooseberry fruit and a long, flinty yet smooth finish. A wonderfully textured Sauvignon from cool climate Elgin with winemaker Werner Muller’s magic touch of a small amount of Semillon which has had a little barrel fermentation.
“Iona Sauvignon captures that charm: the ripe gooseberry fruit which defines the variety is unmistakable, but it retains an all-important savoury sensibility on the palate, as well as a chalky, flinty character reminiscent of the Loire. There is a sort of soft-focus elegance to the structure that makes it compellingly drinkable.” Richard Hemming MW in Jancis Robinson MW Purple Page. You can find out more about Iona on our News & Views Page.
Extreme Vineyards Bonfire Hill Red 2018 Western Cape (1 bottle)
A successful blend of grapes (Shiraz, Cinsault and Pinotage) from a collective of Extreme Vineyards around the Cape, produces the rich and juicy Bonfire Hill Red. Spicy summer fruit aromas lead you into an appealing palate of ripe blackcurrant and blueberry fruit with a touch of spice and sweet tannins. This wine is made by Bruce Jack in his winery at Drift Farm. The wine gets its name from a winter solice celebration at Drift Farm of the ancient festival of St John, by building a big bonfire and burning any unwanted vegetation from the previous season.
Strandveld First Sighting Shiraz 2017/19 Elim – Cape Agulhas (1 bottle)
(Decanter Silver Medal 2019: Top 12 SA Shiraz – SA Shiraz Challenge 2019)
Your attention is immediately drawn by fresh blackberry and blackcurrant aromas tinged with spicy black pepper and fynbos notes. This is an elegant Shiraz and we would prefer to call it a Syrah as it has juicy black fruit flavours with savoury tannins, subtle oak and a long spicy finish. It is made from 85% Syrah, with small amounts of Grenache, Mouvedre and Viognier in the blend, emulating a refined but approachable Rhone style red. A classy, smooth and structured red from cool climate Elim.
Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2018 Stellenbosch (1 bottle)
(91 Points Tim Atkin MW Special Report 2020)
Smoky blackberries and hints of leather aromas draw you in to savour the succulent, spicy black fruit flavours coupled with firm structure and length; a very moreish, fresh and full-bodied at the same time!
This is a terrific example of Cabernet Franc with a tiny addition of Malbec. The result is a like a succulent Loire or even a Bordeaux red, that is stylish, rich but elegant and above all approachable, with a nice balance of fruit and integrated tannins. Bruwer Raats just loves the underated Cabernet Franc grape, and has made it his mission to bring out the best from his 18 – 25 year-old-vines grown in dolomite granite soils of Stellenbosch. The grapes for this wine are hand-picked and hand-selected.