Steenberg Five Lives Red Blend.
Steenberg Five Lives Red Blend.
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As the days get cooler and the nights get longer, these are the wines we’re warming up to. From easy drinking to the complex and acclaimed, these bottles deserve top spot on your winter wine racks.

The chenin blanc | Jordan Time Piece chenin blanc 2019

The new premium release from Stellenbosch’s Jordan Wine Estate sees chenin from the estate’s certified old vines (and the oldest vineyards on Jordan) harvested and vinified for this bottling.

Fermented and matured in a combination of older French oak barrels and clay amphora, the result is a wine of clarity and complexity. Quince, apple, wild herb and delicate florals on the nose, wonderful fruit purity on the palate with a textured and weighty mouthfeel, vibrant acidity and a savoury, saline finish.

Price: R360.00

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Jordan Time Piece chenin blanc 2019.
Jordan Time Piece chenin blanc 2019.
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Jordan Time Piece chenin blanc 2019.
Jordan Time Piece chenin blanc 2019.
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The chardonnay | Restless River Ava Marie chardonnay 2019

The husband and wife duo consistently produce incredible chardonnay from their estate in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and the 2019 Ava Marie is no exception. The nose offers a flinty minerality together with lime zest, raw almond and just a hint of its time on lees. The palate follows with focus and purity, a laser-like acidity together with sour citrus, white stone fruits, and that initial minerality following through from nose all the way through to the long enduring finish. A stunning wine.

Price: R400.00

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Restless River Ava Marie chardonnay 2019.
Restless River Ava Marie chardonnay 2019.
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The pinot noir | Paul Cluver Estate pinot noir 2020

An elegant and exceptional expression of Elgin pinot noir. On the nose, earthy aromas mingle with red and dark berries. A wonderfully savoury palate of wild mushroom and forest floor then expands to the sweeter, juicier notes of sour cherry and plum, which carry through to a long lingering finish. Velvety tannins and superb acid give this wine phenomenal structure.

Price: R280.00

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Paul Cluver Estate pinot noir 2020.
Paul Cluver Estate pinot noir 2020.
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Paul Cluver Estate pinot noir 2020.
Paul Cluver Estate pinot noir 2020.
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Steenberg Five Lives Red Blend.
Steenberg Five Lives Red Blend.
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The Bordeaux Blend | Steenberg Five Lives

The 2019 and maiden vintage, a merlot, cabernet sauvignon blend, delivers a medium bodied wine, with chalky tannins and medium to long length on the finish. The dominant merlot (76%) brings fruit and freshness with the cabernet (24%) adding structure. Expect an herbaceous and earthy nose with notes of cassis and black currant, all of which continue onto the palate mingling with Christmas spices, beetroot and plum.

The release created and inspired in recognition of the lifelong resilience and courage of Steenberg’s pioneering 17th century founder, Catharina Ras, sees the packaging narrate her story across five unique back labels.

Price: R170.00

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