July’s value pack is now available and features 6 fine wines that all offer great value and punch well above their weight. We have included 3 local whites – a new-wave,…

July’s value pack is now available and features 6 fine wines that all offer great value and punch well above their weight. We have included 3 local whites – a new-wave, newly released Chenin, an unwooded Chardonnay and Alex Starey’s signature white blend. We then have 3 reds, including a Parisian Cinsault, a fresh and crunchy Pinot Noir and a classic Merlot from one of the Cape’s iconic producers. We offer free delivery anywhere in SA.

The headline act of this month’s pack has to be the 2019 Bosberaad Chenin Blanc from the Paulus Wine Co. We’ve been very excited about this new release in the office, as the 2018 was a great discovery last year and this new vintage is just fantastic! There is a certain flint-like saltiness to the wine which pulls everything together. Simply delicious at a very affordable price, the 2019 Vriesenhof Unwooded Chardonnay is racy, flavourful and very Chablis-like. The Keermont Terrasse White is always a favourite at Wine Cellar HQ and, from a stellar vintage, the 2017 is a stand-out. It’s got it all – weight and texture, fresh acidity and a long, succulent finish.

Next, we’ve included a Pinot Noir that was tailor-made for everyday drinking. The 2019 Elgin Ridge Crunch! is 50% whole bunch fermented and leaves you wanting more after each sip. From across the pond, we’ve featured the 2017 Turbigo Cinsault from Les Vignerons Parisiens. They buy organic fruit from the southern Rhône and truck it to Paris in refrigerated trucks before vinifying it in their Paris cellar. The wine is named after the street in which their winery is found. Vibrant with fine tannins and impressive length, it showcases the potential of this variety. Finally, we’ve included the 2017 Thelema Merlot. With red fruit and spice on the nose and beautifully soft, polished tannins, this is a wonderfully balanced Merlot and is perfect for winter drinking.

Tasting notes:

Paulus Wine Co., Bosberaad Chenin Blanc 2019
On the nose, we pick up a variety of stone fruits like pear and apricot accompanied by some hints of lemon zest, quince, orange blossoms and honeycomb. There is a certain flintiness/saltiness to the wine which runs from the nose straight through to the pallet and just pulls everything nicely together. The slightest hint of reduction almost emphasises and elevates that freshness. – Pauline and Paul, Paulus Wine Co.

Vriesenhof, Chardonnay Unwooded 2019
Racy, flavourful and very Chablis-like, this is simply a delicious wine at a low price. – Roland Peens (March 2020)

Keermont, Terrasse White 2017
A polished light yellow gold colour, this wine has a complex bouquet of spicy citrus and stone fruit with hints of orange blossom, hazelnut, crushed oyster shell and butterscotch. On entry, the wine has a soft full palate. Subtle fruit flavours of peach, litchi and apricot are complimented by hints of sweet spice and vanilla. There is good weight on the midpalate and a light texture. Crunchy apple acidity holds the wine together into a lingering, succulent finish. Drink 2019-2030. – Keermont

Elgin Ridge, Crunch! Pinot Noir 2019
The CRUNCH! Pinot Noir was made for everyday drinking pleasure. 50% whole bunch natural fermentation and aged for 7 months in concrete egg before bottling. With aromatics of intense raspberries and cranberries that carries over to the pallet with a salinity that leaves your mouth watering for more.’ – Elgin Ridge

Les Vignerons Parisiens, Turbigo Cinsault 2017
They buy their organically grown fruit from Visan and Sabran in the southern Rhône, truck it to Paris in refrigerated trucks and then vinify it in their Paris cellar. Named after the street where they have their winery. Fermented with ambient yeast. Unoaked. Mid purple-rimmed cherry red. So vibrant on the nose: dusty, nervy red-cherry fruit with a touch of cranberry zing, small wild red berries. On the palate, still all that energy and vitality but balanced and made more serious by the fine chalky tannins. Bone dry and yet full of fruit. The juiciness of the fruit and serious firmness to the texture – a lot of paper-fine tannins that give it rocky mineral character – marry beautifully. I’d give this at least another year in bottle but I am equally sure it will age for a decade or more. Impressive length. Shows the great potential of this variety when taken seriously. – Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17/20

Thelema, Merlot 2017
The wine shows bright, red fruit and hints of spice on the nose, with concentrated flavours on the palate and soft, polished tannins. Hints of dark chocolate complete this wonderfully balanced wine. – Thelema


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