1. PIERRE JOURDAN RATAFIA NV
Cabriere Estate, Coastal, Paarl, Franschoek Valley
Traditionally Ratafia was served to celebrate the ratification of European
treaties. A Jerepigo-style aperitif from unfermented sweet Chardonnay
juice fortified with Chardonnay potstill brandy. The nose a melange of
tropical fruit with vanilla overtones. The taste is delicate, lively, spirity, not
too sweet. Excellent foil for foie gras, snails and pate.
115 g/l sugar, 20% alc.
2. NEIL ELLIS GROENEKLOOF SAUVIGNON BLANC 2002
Neil Ellis Wines, Coastal, Stellenbosch
In 1986, Neil Ellis was the first Cape winemaker to launch own-name
wines from brought-in grapes, grown in offbeat areas, made in begged and
borrowed cellars. The Groenekloof ward, in the Darling district of the
Coastal region, is influenced by the Atlantic ocean.
Wine Spectator awarded the 02 vintage 90 points, “ Really fine Sauvignon
juicy and vibrant with lemon, chive, chalk and mineral notes and a long,
lively finish. Strong grassy edge to finish adds dimension.” (WS)
3. MULDERBOSCH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2003
Mulderbosch Vineyards, Coastal, Stellenbosch, Koelenhof
Cited as “South Africa’s most celebrated Sauvignon” by wine guru John
Platter. Total production of 8,000 cases of this trademark wine from
Mulderbosch has the ability to age well and has been in great demand since
first produced in the early 1990’s.
“Pale straw with a lively green color. Packed with flinty gooseberry and a
touch of citrus - yet maintaining its complex character of grassiness and
nettle”. Silver at Michelangelo Int. Wine Awards 2003. (Estate notes).
“...03 billows tropical essence, firm grapefruit chiseled with minerals.”
The texture is medium-weight with a long juicy finish.
Wine Spectator - Top 100 Wines of 2003 (no.28).
4. HAMILTON RUSSELL PINOT NOIR 2001
Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Overberg, Walker Bay
In the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven-and-Earth) valley behind the old fishing
village of Hermanus lie the 52 acres of this estate. It only produces
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. The Pinot Noir is grown on 22
hectares comprised of 8 separate vineyards. New Dijon clones were
planted in 1994 and the 1999 vintage was the first with all new clones.
The 2001 is their 21st vintage and is being hailed “the best to date” by
winemaker Kevin Grant. Maximum production is 8,000 cases.
”World class, with perfume that is seldom seen outside Burgundy
(spectrum moves through smoked meat, game, wood, spice). Solid, taut
still, begs time: suggested drink from approximately 05-12.” (John Platter).
5. HARTENBERG SHIRAZ 1996
Hartenberg Estate, Coastal, Stellenbosch, Bottelary
In the surging Bottelary Hills, northwest of Stellenbosch, lies this Estate
with its’ signature grape; Shiraz.
“...since 1993 has epitomized discreetly-exercised power; exuded heady
snatches of scrub, fresh earth, roasted spices; never strayed far from an
elegant, savory path. 96 intense, deep, sensuous; warmth from ripe fruit
rather than cellar manipulation. ” (John Platter).
Tasting notes: “ Concentrated savory, juicy aroma. On the palate,
distinctive depth and quality structure showing an elegance of fruit
balanced by oak and harmonious length. (If required, the wine will mature
6 to 10 years from vintage). 2,880 cases.
6. RUST EN VREDE ESTATE 1998
Rust en Vrede Estate, Coastal, Stellenbosch
Established in 1694, run by Jannie Engelbrecht (former Springbok rugby
player, 74 caps) since 1978, exclusive red wine producing estate.
“...superb 98. Echoing berry, spice, savoury depths with restraining firm
tannin,fresh spine; beautifully proportioned…blend always led by Cabernet
Sauvignon (53%) with Shiraz (29%) and Merlot (18%).” (John Platter).
The estate wine notes: deep purple red color. Massively rich aromas with
an array of ripe cherry and blackberry, exotically spiced. Palate packed
with these flavors - deeply concentrated. Almost explosively mouth filling,
with a fine tannin finish.
Wine Spectator “Top 100 Wines of 2000 “ for the 1996 vintage and again
in 2001 for the 1998 vintage. 91 Points. 2,800 cases.
7. KANONKOP PAUL SAUER 1997
Kanonkop Wine Estate, Coastal, Stellenbosch, Simonsberg
“Paul Sauer legend in its own time, Cape classic in its own
right. Bordeaux style blend from low-yielding, 30-plus year old vines;
80% cabernet sauvignon, 10% each merlot and cabernet franc.”
“...luscious cassis, hints of spearmint stitched into palate with
beautifully ripe tannins. Upholstered velvet finish lingers.” (John Platter).
Twice winner of the Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande trophy for
best blended wine at IWSC. 2,500 cases.
8. FAIRVIEW PRIMO PINOTAGE 2000
Fairview, Coastal, Paarl
The grapes, a hybrid that was developed in South Africa is a cross between
Pinot Noir and Cinsault (Hermitage), were harvested from bush vines at
Jan Greef’s farm in Agter (behind) Paarl. Estate notes: Dark purple red
color. Full grippy palate, fleshy fruit. An aroma of spicy black fruit,
chocolate and vanilla. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. 14%
shiraz was blended during last racking.
“...Massively flavourful, complex; layered sweet mulberry/cherry tones
bestrewn with cloves, vanilla and coffee. Bountiful tannins, still quite overt,
bring it to a bone-dry conclusion. Deserved Gold at IWSC. 14.8% alc.”
(John Platter). 1,000 cases.
9. KANONKOP PINOTAGE 1998
Kanonkop Wine Estate, Coastal, Stellenbosch, Simonsberg
Estate notes: A full bodied typical Kanonkop Pinotage with a deep purple
red colour. The typical sweet blackberry flavours are well integrated with
the oak aromas. A big wine with firm tannin structure that are in balance
with the fruit. Will mature in the bottle for at least 7-10 years. 6,000 cases
10. KLEIN CONSTANTIA VIN DE CONSTANCE 1997
Klein Constantia Estate, Coastal, Constantia
Named one of the 9 Mystical Vineyards in the world, this Estate, founded
in 1685 by the first Dutch governor Simon van der Stel, produced the
world-famous Constantia wijn. It was sought after by 18th &19th century
aristocracy in preference to Yquem, Tokay and Madeira. Vin de Constance
is the re-creation of this legendary wine, made from muscat grapes left to
dry on the vines. Unbotrytised style. Color is yellow-gold. Nose of dried
apricots, raisins and orange marmalade. Luscious mouthfeel: sweet, spicey
citrus fruit , balanced acidity. Clean, long finish. 2,500 cases.