All our wines are fine wines, but we've selected these which stand out for their rarity or notable high quality.
This is gorgeous wine that totally delivers the white burgundy experience we crave. Rich smooth rich yet elegant style. The oak is delicious and has integrated with the fruit beautifully. Super impressive.
Made by Aussie Erin Pooley this is Hunter Valley Semillon from California that made the Swig team swoon with delight! Lots of green pear, geranium and mandarin on the nose with citrus and an amazingly unctuous body on the palate. Scrummy!
Fabulous single vineyad Gruner from one of Austria's most exciting young producers.
"There is no doubt that Duncan Savage is one of the best white wine winemakers in South Africa." Greg Sherwood, MW
I made a remarkable discovery today. It seems that Chenin Blanc isn't just made from ancient dryfarmed bush vines on the decomposed granite soils of the Swartland. No. Apparently it's also made in a place called the 'Loire' in France. Damn silly name, that. Can't see it catching on. Leave it to the experts on the African continent, I say.
Okay, there may be a light dusting of irony in the above, but it illustrates a point: there's so much excitement about the Chenins being produced by South Africa's 'new wave' (a wave we continue to ride quite happily, thanks), that people seem to have forgotten all about the Loire and its wonderful heritage with Chenin Blanc - aka Pineau de la Loire.
We felt it was high time we showed the region some love and went straight for the motherlode: a special cuvée, made only in the best vintages, from one of Anjou's most respected biodynamic producers - a wine which all three judges in the most recent Decanter panel blind tasting judged as the only 'Outstanding' wine in the Loire Dry Chenin Blanc category.
The Uberblanc Rieslings from Tasmania-based winemaker Nick Glaetzer are named after the 'uber' vintage that he spent in Germany, learning how to get the best from this great variety under the instruction of the best teachers there are. The Goldpunkt cuvee is a selection of grapes from a couple of parcels, and the style is inspired by the Grosses Gewachs of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
This is stunning Chardonnay. " Acts a lot like a wine from Ramonet (the great Burgundy producer)" 93pts, Stephen Tanzer. Minuscule quantities.
Everything you could want from a Meursault. Incredibly enjoyable now, but has the potential for another 7-10 years of ageing.
Textbook nose of buttery vanillins, wet stone after rain, stoned fruits and dried grapefruit. There is exhilarating tension on the palate - traverses the tightrope between roundness and vibrant energy with elegance and poise. Textured, almost fleshy, with grip and pristine salinity on the finish. Opens up to become full and mellow - a touch more restrained. Exciting without overblown showiness.
Incredibly special old vine Chenin Blanc from the wonder that is Alex Starey. "This is very fine." Neal Martin.
Chris and Andre’s Mullineux’s almost meteoric rise to the top of the South Africa tree has been both a pleasure to witness and judging by the quality of wine in the glass…fully justified.
Lovely delicate citrus and pear fruit with some toasty hints. Very fresh, open texture with a delicate, fine personality. This shows real finesse: it’s delicate with good acidity, and it’s brighter than the schist. 93/100" - Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com
Winemaker Taras Ochota explains the name, saying it is taken from 'the back of my 1960s bass amp I used in my misspent youth playing in punk bands.
It was such a simple less-is-more image which represents going back to basics, no fancy stuff, just old-school winemaking from an insane Basket Range vineyard.
Antonio Galloni: “In my mind, Ramey is one of the top wineries in the United States.”
This 2013 is beautifully structured and taut, with textured fruit and enervating acidity. The potential for aging is tremendous, with much to give over the next 8-10 years. 14.5% abv.
"There’s a lovely dry, dusty, stony edge to the taut pear and ripe apple fruit. There’s an orange peel character, too. So structured and fine with great definition. Feels lovely in the mouth with nice grip. Though-provoking and detailed. 95/100" (Jamie Goode)
Alheit Radio Lazarus 2015
Stellenbosch chenin blanc, one third in old barrel and the rest in amphora. Radio Lazarus is taken from two sloping sites in Bottlerary, facing each other, and named as such because radios disseminate an idea (plus the top of the two hills have radio towers on top). Pure and linear, with spices, pear, herbal lined pear skin drawn along a vibrating backbone of acidity. Dusty herbal spice and saline closes out the lingering finish. 93/100 (TR)
One hectare of vines planted at the foot of Bothmaskop Mountain in Stellenbosch’s Jonkershoek. And the year they were mostly planted? 1920. Yup, thats nearly a 100 year old vineyard.....