Every drop of Boschendal’s Vin D’Or 2018 vintage is as rich as it is rare. Unlike many dessert wines, it doesn’t leave you with a cloying sweetness — but instead finishes off with a fresh citrus zest due to its structure and acidity. Enjoy chilled on its own, or paired with crème brûlée or apple strudel and vanilla custard.
DEMI-SEC NECTAR 2018 CAP CLASSIQUE
Made from 100% chardonnay grapes, Lourensford’s latest addition joins its award-winning Cap Classique range, adding a touch more sweetness to the lineup. This is the perfect addition to a brunch, lunch, or supper.
WHAT A MOUTHFUL
Celebrate Johnnie Walker’s 200th anniversary with a whisky whose name is as complex as its liquid contents. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal is the third in a series of special releases crafted using incredibly rare whiskies. At the heart of this limited-edition whisky lies the Highland single malt, Glenury Royal — a “ghost” distillery that opened in 1825 and shut its doors in 1985 after a long and colourful history. Other highly sought-after “ghost” whiskies have been blended in too, along with five incredibly rare malts. The result is a dram with smooth, nutty layers of dark chocolate, vanilla, honey, and creamy toffee.
LET’S HIT CLIFTON, DOLL!
Clifton Gin offers a beach-inspired burst of the Atlantic in every sip. Founded by Silvana Bottega and incorporating the skills of master distiller Kobus Gelderblom, there are two gins in the newly launched portfolio: Clifton One and Clifton Two. The first offers hints of citrus and cardamom, as well as some distinctive fynbos and honeybush notes. The second is eminently mixable — lifted by marine and fynbos botanicals that all work in harmony to capture the spirit of the ocean. Impressively, they have already claimed two gold medals at the South African Craft Gin Awards.
PINOT NOIR PEAKS
The boutique vineyards of Bouchard Finlayson have just released another knockout: Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2018. Grown on the slopes of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, a total of eight carefully selected vineyards have been combined to each contribute to the wine’s complexity. The wine possesses an intriguingly perfumed dark-cherry and wild-berry accent, and is deftly balanced, with elegant tannins and a lengthy finish.
• With over two decades of experience in the luxury-drinks market, Wade Bales’ passion is sourcing really great drinks and sharing them with really great people.
• From the November issue of Wanted 2020.