With the launch of our June value pack, SA moved into level 3 this week and wine orders are, once again, allowed to be shipped! This month’s mixed pack highlights new vintages of some annual Wine Cellar favourites as well as an exciting, local bottling that is breaking all the moulds and a fresh-off-the-boat Rioja made by an ex-Young Gun.
The 2018 BLANKbottle Orbitofrontal Cortex is what winemaker Pieter Walser’s highly original brain thought was the best blend of white grapes in his cellar in 2018. We love every new vintage but this one is a standout! The 2019 Bringing Back the Joy Sauvignon Blanc is not your typical Sauvignon Blanc. Made by Chris Groenewald, as naturally as possible, to ‘show the true colours‘ of a grape which has generally ‘fallen into a one style wonder‘. The fruit is grown by Danie Carinus on Polkadraai and made in Lukas van Loggerenberg’s cellar. The 2018 Radford Dale Vinum Chenin Blanc is a favourite amongst the Wine Cellar team. ‘Full of verve‘ and ‘cleverly put together‘ as Christian Eedes says, it’s a great food wine and will go down a treat with almost anything you put on your plate.
Since 2002, Carsten Migliarina has quietly been sticking to his vision of producing food-friendly, refined wines that also offer immense value. His 2017 Migliarina Syrah ticks all those boxes. Sourced from a single vineyard in Stellenbosch, it’s made in a northern Rhône style. The 2018 Laventura La Nave is made by Bryan MacRobert who is one of our original Young Guns. He moved to Rioja 7 years ago and his innovative, true-to-terroir wines are starting to cause a fuss. Finally, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend from Boschkloof is a full-bodied, concentrated red that is perfect for the winter nights that lie ahead. Pair it with your roasts, stews and braaivleis.
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BLANKbottle, Orbitofrontal Cortex 2018
The conscious part of Pieter Walser’s highly original brain thinks that this was the best blend of white grapes in the cellar in 2018, combining Verdelho, Palomino, Riesling, Chenin, Crouchen and Hárslevelü. Aniseed, pepper spice and wet stone flavours are complemented by notes of peach and creamy lees. Drink 2019-25. – Tim Atkin MW, 94/100
Bringing Back the Joy, Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Dull amber in colour, the nose shows cut apple, a hint of honey, dried herbs and white pepper. The palate is rich, broad and flavourful, a very slight grippy quality to the finish. It’s pleasantly rustic – any lack of refinement it makes up for in interest factor. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 90/100
Radford Dale, Vinum Chenin Blanc 2018
Grapes from three Stellenbosch sites, 30% from the Renaissance vineyard matured in older oak and the rest in tank. Top notes of potpourri and fynbos before stone fruit and cut apple on the nose. Wonderfully well balanced on the palate with great fruit concentration matched by bright acidity. Full of verve, this is cleverly put together. – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 94/100
Migliarina, Syrah 2017
Single vineyard Syrah from Stellenbosch, tight tannins, red berries, iodine and lavender. Very northern Rhône (St. Joseph) style Syrah. Would decant, still a bit young but stunning fruit. – Carsten Migliarina, Winemaker
Laventura, La Nave 2018
This wine has a medium ruby colour dominated by primary fruit aromas of strawberry, cherries and black berries. The palate is light and textured with a soft and balanced tannin. Good acidity, body and length. – Bryan MacRobert, Winemaker
Boschkloof, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2018
A full-bodied, oak matured red wine with intense deep ruby black colour. Ripe plum, herb, chocolate and complex toasty oak bouquet. A concentrated middle palate with a long after-taste of blackberries and undertones of vanilla, fruit and spice. Good to drink now, but will continue to improve for the next 3 to 5 years. – Boschkloof Wines