Join us in Cape Town and Johannesburg as we taste some of SA’s most exciting releases and new arrivals from Bordeaux, Spain, Argentina and China.
We taste 10-15 wines in our informal, yet informative tastings. Unless otherwise indicated, tastings run from 18:30 – 20:00, and will be hosted at Wine Cellar Observatory, Cape Town or at Wine Cellar Dunkeld, Johannesburg.
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Rust en Vrede is back on top: Coenie Snyman’s incredible 2015s – R 400
Cape Town: Wednesday, 25 July
Johannesburg: Thursday, 26 July
Rust en Vrede was one of SA’s top wineries in the 90s and 2000s but, like many historical Stellenbosch properties, it has flown somewhat under the radar since then. Their 2015s are stupendous however, and firmly put Rust en Vrede back at the top. Now producing a slightly more elegant style, especially their Cabernets, Coenie Snyman will take you through all their 2015s, including their Single Vineyard wines and the 1694. We will also taste a few back vintages in this hedonistic red wine experience.
International luxury and China’s ‘First Growth’ Ao Yun – R 1,500
Cape Town: Thursday, 2 August, Ellerman House, Bantry Bay
Johannesburg: Friday, 3 August, Saxon Hotel, Sandhurst
We are proud and excited to introduce the LVMH luxury wine portfolio to SA. Starting with Dom Pérignon, we will taste through the properties of Numanthia, from Spain, Cheval des Andes, from Argentina, and China’s ‘First Growth’ Ao Yun. These incredible properties signify extreme wine growing. From Toro’s 100-year-old ‘desert vines’ to wines from the foothills of the Andes and Himalayas. Cheval des Andes is considered Argentina’s ‘Grand Cru’ while Au Yon, produced near Shangri-La, is China’s most ambitious and luxurious wine ever. Is this the start of a new era?
Please note: The Cape Town event will be hosted at Ellerman House and the Johannesburg tasting will be at the Saxon Hotel. The ticket includes canapés.
Bordeaux 2015: Value wines – R 350
Cape Town: Wednesday, 8 August
Johannesburg: Thursday, 16 August
After a string of tricky vintages, 2015 is the best vintage since 2010 and offers some excellent value too. Picking was completed in September and October under sunny skies with warm days and cool nights. The wines are pure-fruited, elegant and finely structured. There is amazing drinkability and softness to the 2015s but, for long-tern cellaring, they have excellent concentration. We will taste wines from all across Bordeaux, including white and sweet wines, for those unfamiliar with the region. Expect some cracking wines from R275 per bottle as well as more serious Cru Classé.
Bordeaux 2015: Top wines – R 950
Cape Town: Wednesday, 22 August
Johannesburg: Thursday, 23 August
After a string of tricky vintages, 2015 is the best vintage since 2010 and the top wines are truly profound. The growing season wasn’t perfect but, across Bordeaux, harvest took place under sunny skies with cool nights. The vintage shows incredible balance, concentration and length. This tasting will take a good look at mostly Grands Cru Classés, including some of Bordeaux’s finest names. No doubt, the evening’s highlights will be Pontet Canet (Neal Martin – 94 points), Domaine de Chevalier (Neal Martin – 95 points), Montrose (Neal Martin – 94 points), Léoville-Las Cases (Neal Martin – 96 points) and the garagiste superstar Valandraud (Neal Martin – 95 points)!
Andrea Mullineux’s new releases – R 400
Cape Town: Wednesday, 29 August
Johannesburg: Thursday, 30 August
2016 International Winemaker of the Year, CWG member and all-round wine visionary, Andrea Mullinueux will host an incredible tasting of her new releases. Along with her husband, Chris Mullineux, the duo have been named Platter’s Winery of the Year, been given the highest SA score in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and built two incredible wineries. Highlights will include the new Leeu Pessant releases and back vintages of their single-vineyard wines.
SA’s magic 2017 vintage: Sadie, David & Nadia, Alheit, Rall, Savage and Badenhorst – R 450
Cape Town: Wednesday, 12 September
Johannesburg: Thursday, 13 September
As SA’s hottest winemakers release their 2017s, there has been a quick realisation that this is a special vintage! The dry conditions across the Cape have produced wonderfully concentrated and pure wines that, in the right hands, show amazing balance and fine terroir-expression. As SA’s forgotten old vines are farmed back to health, the new-wave stars have refined their winemaking and are arguably producing some of SA’s finest-ever wines. This tasting will include a group of SA’s most sought-after wines – presented by Wine Cellar, not the winemakers.
Grower Champagne – R 400
Cape Town: Wednesday, 19 September
Johannesburg: Thursday, 20 September
We truly love Champagne and we would like to offer you more variety. While the big houses offer incredible consistency and luxurious Grandes Marques cuvées, there are many small labels that offer superb value and contrasting styles. Grower Champagne houses are much smaller and, because they only use fruit from their own vineyards, their wines generally show more terroir distinction. There are around 19,000 independent growers in Champagne and we offer an exciting selection from across Champagne. This tasting will not only be educational but rather decadent too.