Become a Wine Cellar Insider and trust the expertise of the Wine Cellar’s professionals. Tasting through 5,000 wines a year, James Pietersen and Roland Peens curate each Insider’s case with personal notes…

Become a Wine Cellar Insider and trust the expertise of the Wine Cellar’s professionals. Tasting through 5,000 wines a year, James Pietersen and Roland Peens curate each Insider’s case with personal notes and food pairing ideas.

Our aim is simple: To offer you 6 of the very best wines for R 900 and deliver them to your door each month. If you are still unsure about subscribing to the Insider’s concept, you can purchase the case month-by-month to try it out.

Along with a set of our local favourites, in November we’re introducing you to Vinho Verde; arguably the world’s greatest seafood wine. At 12% alcohol it has the minerality of Riesling with the tropical fruit of Sauvignon Blanc. Anselmo Mendes is the king of the region and makes easy-drinking as well as long-ageing styles. ‘It is a very fine value,’ says Wine Advocate about the Muros Antigos 2016, scoring it 90 points. View the full Anselmo Mendes line-up.

It seems like the critics like our selection too. Here are another 5 reasons to become a Wine Cellar Insider:

Reyneke, Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2017:
This naturally fermented Sauvignon is like a cross between a Pouilly-Fumé and a Pessac-Léognan.’ – Tim Atkin MW, 94 points

Luddite, Saboteur White 2017:
Juicy and fresh on entry before a long and savoury finish.’ – Christian Eedes, 93 points

Savage, Follow the Line 2016:
A spicy, elegant, scented red blend.’ – Tim Atkin MW, 95 points

Boschkloof, Syrah 2015:
It’s no surprise that this well-priced red is so tasty.’ – Tim Atkin MW, 94 points

The last wine, the Miles Mossop Wines Introduction Red 2014, doesn’t have a high score. It doesn’t need one. It is a ridiculously good Bordeaux blend from one of SA’s best winemakers.

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Tasting notes:

Reyneke, Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – R 160
Made in a slightly drier style than the 2015, this naturally fermented Sauvignon is like a cross between a Pouilly-Fumé and a Pessac-Léognan, with leesy weight, good texture, subtle oak and a tangy, piercing, nettle and gunflint finish. – Tim Atkin MW, 94/100

Luddite, Saboteur White 2017 –R 165
The nose shows some reductive pong which plays off against some floral perfume before green, white and yellow fruit. The palate, meanwhile, is juicy and fresh on entry before a long and savoury finish. Lo-fi in the best sense. – Christian Eedes, 93/100

Savage, Follow the Line 2016 – R 245
From 2017, this blend of Cinsaut, Syrah and Grenache will be entirely sourced from Darling, but in 2016 it still included some grapes from Piekenierskloof. The whole bunch percentage was lower this year, but this remains a spicy, elegant, scented red blend with notes of raspberry jam and red cherry and subtle oak. Drink 2018-24. – Tim Atkin MW, South Africa Report 2017, 95/100

Anselmo Mendes, Muros Antigos Escolha 2016 – R 135
The 2016 Loureiro Muros Antigos Escolha is unoaked and comes in at 12% alcohol. This adds a layer or two of concentration… but it also adds far more grip and tension on the finish. That’s really the selling point here. It is invigorating, without losing its balance. Beautifully constructed, transparent, bright and crisp, this should be a perfect Loureiro to drink this summer, but it will hold well, too. Its acidity will serve it in good stead. It is a very fine value. Sourced from vines over ten years old, there were 80,000 bottles produced. – Wine Advocate, 90/100

Boschkloof, Syrah 2015 – R 180
Given the quality of the Epilogue Syrah, and the Bormans’ expertise with the variety, it’s no surprise that this well-priced red is so tasty. Meaty, focused and stony, with aromas of wild herbs and ginger spice and a dense, focused finish. 2019-25. – Tim Atkin MW, 94/100

Miles Mossop Wines, Introduction Red 2014 – R 115
Deep and sumptuous to start, the 2014 is a blend of 52% Merlot, 36% Petit Verdot and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from around Stellenbosch. Naturally made and raised in old oak, Miles’ skills shine through in this wine. While perfectly ripe with delicious, pure fruit, it maintains freshness and integrity. An absolute bomb at this price. Drink now to 2020. – James Pietersen

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