Spotlight on... De Kleine Wijn Koöp
Winemaker Wynand Grobler (left) took over this classy sleeper hit in 2019, "The Little Wine Co-Op" having been created a few years previousy by a gregarious and talented collective of winemakers and artists.
These are very limited-edition wines from prime, sought-after vineyards and always tasting as good as they look.
Just landed and new to the site...
Here's a selection of newly landed wines that you're going to love.
Wine of the Week by Matthew van Heerden
Every week we highlight here a wine that we're particularly enjoying right now. Matthew van Heerden is a former international young winemaker of the year and won an award for the world's best Chardonnay, so his pedigree for this wine is pretty sharp. Elgin is at the southern tip of Africa on an elevated plateau and close to the ocean, so offering the cooler climes that fine Chardonnay needs.
Matthew van Heerden Signature Elgin Chardonnay 2017
White | Ready, but will improve | MVH Signature Wines | 2017 | South Africa > Western Cape > Elgin Valley | Chardonnay | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.5% abv
Matthew van Heerden comes from a long line of farmers in KwaZulu-Natal but moved to the Western Cape to study winemaking at Elsenburg and has since racked up more than fifteen vintages including stints as the winemaker at both Uva Mira in Stellenbosch as well as Iona in Elgin. In 2006, the IWSC named Matthew in the top 10 winemakers in the world and in 2011, he was named South African Young Winemaker of the Year. It is the cooler climes that have captivated him most, and he has perhaps the greatest experience of Elgin of any of the younger new wave of winemakers in South Africa.
This Chardonnay was sourced from sites planted predominantly on decomposed granite and shale with cool climates. Naturally fermented in barrel at cool temperatures, and settling on the lees for added complexity. It's a truly stunning Chardonnay, one of South Africa's finest.
“This is one of the best interpretations of the grape in the Cape: subtle, balanced, elegant and refreshing with stone fruit and falvours of lemon butter and gunflint. The new oak is very well integrated here.”
Tim Atkin MW, Top Chardonnays in South Africa 2018
Merger with The Knotted Vine
In the summer of 2019, Red Squirrel merged with fellow small specialist The Knotted Vine and created the Graft Wine Company, a supplier to some of the UK's top restaurants, bars and merchants. We still offer many of our wines to the public here online.
Named 3rd best drinks supplier in the UK
We were honoured to be voted by leading industry professionals the third best drinks supplier to the on-trade this year.
Nutkin wine bar pops up in Haggerston
For a few weeks at the end of 2015, we teamed up with a number of chefs - including the brilliant Smoke & Salt (pictured) - to launch Nutkin wine bar in east London.
2013 to 2014
At a market near you...
Red Squirrel popped up selling wine at markets and wine festivals across the country.
It all began in Liguria
Red Squirrel was created as an importer and online shop by Nik Darlington in summer 2012 after visiting producers in the little-known Italian region of Liguria, wines we still have to this day.