You will receive a beautifully designed and tastefully packaged case, containing six exclusive wines from South Africa's best winefarms. We have included the collection description, food pairing suggestions, as well as tasting notes for each wine inside the box.
A collection for the experimentalists. Not your average Pinotage or Chenin. A selection of six single varietal wines, from small plots around the Cape. Naturally rebellious in nature, Swartland leads the way, with some rare Portuguese and French varietals, and Elim surprises with the Italian "underdog" varietal Barbera.
Starting with the French varietals, Tamboerskloof Viognier is a beautiful example of the textural, aromatic wines made from Viognier grapes, with pronounced stone fruit flavours and "apricots and steel" as the variety's classic flavour associations.
Swerwer Rooi-Groen is one of very few pure Semillon Gris bottlings in South Africa. Produced from a vineyard planted six years ago with carefully selected cuttings from a block dating back to the 1960s, the wine is named after an old Afrikaans colloquialism used by farmers in South Africa to describe the colour-changing ability of Semillon Blanc in the Cape's hot climate and old vine vineyards. A truly unique wine, made with such thoughtfulness and well-informed planning, epitomising the ideal of a rare varietal wine.
Once South Africa's most popular varietal (but since bowing to Chenin Blanc), we're keeping with the Semillon theme. This time we find ourselves in Franschhoek - the unofficial capital of old-vine Semillon, with Boekenhoutskloof working on Old Vine Franschhoek Semillon since the late 1990s. The Semillon in the 2015 vintage comes from three vineyards planted in 1902, 1936 and 1942. The 2015 is even more exceptional as it isn't blended with the usual small percentage of Sauvignon Blanc, but with a tiny percentage of Muscat d’Alexandrie to enhance an aromatic character on the nose. The 2015 is characterised by an intense mix of citrus on the nose and palate.
For our first red, we are staying in France, with Cinsault, one of the "founding fathers" of the all-time South African favourite Pinotage. Dubbed the 'Pinot Noir of the Swartland', Cinsault produces varietal wines that are light in colour and low in tannin, often displaying bright cherries, earth and spice. The Silwervis Cinsault is a perfect, clean rendition of this; very perfumed, nuanced and well-structured, balancing the elegance of the floral high notes of rose and pepper, with the power of it's fruit-driven flavours and powdery, almost chalky tannins.
Going to the Southern European varietals, Trizanne Barnard created her Darling Barbera out of curiosity what the vineyard could deliver: a block of Italian Barbera in the Darling area, bush vines planted on sandy loam, why not? This is not your average wine, no fence sitting here; either you like it or you don’t. Let us know what you think!
Finally, we've included a popular Portuguese varietal, with the Swerwer Touriga Nacional. Showing characteristic dark fruit and spice, with nicely balanced tannins, it is a beautiful rendition of one of Portugal's favourite grapes. We recommend storing this one in your cellar for a little while longer.
Rare Varietals Collection
Food pairing suggestions
The delicate floral and white stone fruit notes in the Viognier make for the perfect combination with any white fish and poultry, as well as sparingly spicy dishes. The Semillon Gris works wonderfully with more oily fish like tuna and salmon, as well as Asian dishes. The citrussy Boekenhoutskloof Semillon is the perfect aperitif wine, pairing beautifully with escargots in garlic butter, crab cakes, fish terrine and foie gras. The herbaciousness, earthiness and spice of the red wines in this box work perfectly with rich dark meats, mushrooms, truffle and herb pasta, herbaceous cheeses like blue cheese, and higher tannin foods like root vegetables and braised greens. For the real daredevils, try any of the reds with Ethiopian cuisine, you won't be dissapointed!