Very Fine SOUTH AFRICAN Red Wines
Our 'Very Fine South African Red Wines' case gives you 6 stunning reds by some of the country's best winemakers, all shipped direct from the producers themselves.
And if bought in our mixed case you get 25% off the full price. Here are your wines.
The Beeslaar Pinotage is quite simply the finest Pinotage being produced today and not just that, widely regarded as one of South Africa's finest red wines - indeed the two-times international winemaker of the year Abrie Beeslaar's eponymous wine was named 'SA wine of the year' by Tim Atkin MW just a few years ago.
Albert Ahrens' Ahrens Family Black is a classic Swartland red blend, like the greatest wines of the region taking its inspiration from the Rhône Valley with a Syrah supported by Carignan, Grenache, Mourvèdre and a tiny amount of aromatic white grapes (Marsanne & Roussanne). A serious red entering its prime. Meanwhile Albert's Paarl Rooiwijn is a similar blend - with Syrah supported by Cinsaut - but from neighbouring and relatively unheralded Paarl and made in a softer but no less enthralling style.
De Kleine Wijn Koöp Hoendertande Grenache has always had a bit of a cult following. Hoendertande means "hen's teeth", because Grenache is as rare as hen's teeth in Franschhoek. Indeed according to winemaker Wynand Grobler this is the only 100% Grenache being made in Franschhoek today. Gorgeous it is too, with a Pinot Noir-like levity.
Lowerland Tolbos Tannat, on the other hand, comes from the other end of the country - the Northern Cape and the little town of Prieska, to be exact. Tannat gapes are hand-picked on this remote organic family farm and driven south through the night to Stellenbosch, where the wine is made by star young winemaker Lukas van Loggerenberg. It has the rich, serious underbelly you expect of Tannat but a brighter, bouncier demeanour that takes your delightfully by surprise.
Matthew van Heerden Signature Pinot Noir comes from a former international young winemaker of the year and someone with expert knowledge of the cooler-climate vineyards of Elgin, on the far southern tip of the continent. It's here that the likes of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thrive and thrillingly so, to the extent that if you're a lover of fine burgundies this is right up your street.
[Golden squirrel nutcracker and book not included, but don't forget you do earn Squirrel Points for every pound you spend, which you can redeem on more wine and in the long run save up for household essentials like golden squirrel nutcrackers.]