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Meerkat Mix

Meerkat Mix

A mixed case including two bottles each of three whites and three reds of well priced wines, at a discount of at least 10% on our bottle prices.

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Cape Atlantic Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, 2020

"Green grassy nose (as opposed to fruity) - not at all like New Zealand SB. Clean, fresh and vegetal rather than fruity." GV Drink 16/20 2020-2022, Jancis Robinson, May 2021
Although there is no mention on the label, this is about two thirds from the young Sauvignon parcels at Cederberg, plus a third from the Ghost Corner vineyards at Elim – hence the gannet on the label. Owner David Nieuwoudt told me how a previous vintage, tasted blind in a large line-up, had been...

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ColourWhite

RegionWestern Cape

GrowerCederberg

Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc

Vintage2020

ABV13%

Bottle75

CodeCED620

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Cederberg

South Africa

The redoubtable David Nieuwoudt took over the Cederberg estate from his father in 1997.

We first visited David in 2003, when he was in the midst of his planting programme, and have worked with him ever since then.

The Cederberg vineyards here are 1100-1150 metres up in the Cederberg mountains, most of them on dramatic shale slopes. Good natural rainfall,...

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Sauvignon Blanc

Origins      

  • Probably in Bordeaux region
  • Parent of red grape Cabernet Sauvignon (established by DNA analysis)

Characteristics

  • Vigorous plant, so can be too leafy and overproductive
  • Aromas and flavours described as: herbaceous, grassy and nettley; Gooseberries; but can also show more tropical fruits...
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Jancis Robinson

We get super excited when Jancis Robinson (or one of her team) write about our wine!

Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.

She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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Piekenierskloof, Stonedance, Granite White, Swartland, 2020

"Notably friendly and welcoming with sufficient acidity and a great retro label. Though only very vaguely reminiscent of the classic old-vine Chenins of Swartland (which are, admittedly, very much more expensive)."  15.5/20. Jancis Robinson, May 2021
Look at this – a Swartland Chenin blend for less than 10 pounds a bottle!  Stonedance is a subsidiary label of Piekenierskloof and they have just launched this unoaked white, from 85% Chenin Blanc with 10% Viognier and 5%...

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ColourWhite

RegionSwartland

GrowerPiekenierskloof

Grape VarietyChenin Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay

Vintage2020

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeSTO120

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Piekenierskloof

South Africa

For years I had been hearing about Piekenierskloof – not as a wine producer but as a source of grapes for numerous other winemakers, young and old.

I didn’t realise that Piekenierskloof wasn’t just a ward (the smallest geographical unit in the South African regional classification) but one large estate, formerly a...

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Jancis Robinson

We get super excited when Jancis Robinson (or one of her team) write about our wine!

Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.

She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations, Chardonnay, Robertson, 2020

Our favourite wine at this estate - and one which has become more and more popular, even to the point of us selling it to some smart restaurants - is the Chardonnay. It's from a large block on well-drained soils with some limestone, perfect for the grape. The grapes are fermented in tanks holding small French oak blocks; and a couple of months on the lees gives it a little fat. Very lightly oaked, gently creamy, with lime and melon flavours, this is a very correct, easy-quaffing,...

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ColourWhite

RegionRobertson

GrowerGoedverwacht

Grape VarietyChardonnay

Vintage2020

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeGDV120

Our Rating

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Goedverwacht

Robertson, South Africa

Goedverwacht translates from Afrikaans as good hope – or great expectations, hence the labelling.

The du Toit family farm no less than 172 hectares of vines along the bends of the Breede river near Bonnievale.

The wines are made by father Jan in collaboration with son Gawie.  Jan once firmly told me his place in the world of wine in...

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most-widely planted varieties in the world.

Arguably not the most characterful grape, hence its common ageing in oak, yet at its pinnacle in Burgundy it produces some of the greatest (and certainly most expensive) white wines in the world. Look out for unoaked Chardonnay, it can make a pleasant change, and usually goes down very well with all those people who...

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Goedverwacht, Great Expectations Crane Red, Merlot, Robertson, 2019

From a vineyard with a high clay content which suits Merlot. It’s always made in a slightly old-fashioned style, gutsy and lightly smokey, with oaky flavours coming from the suspension of staves in the tank for seven months. But this vintage is fresher and more lifted than in the past, without losing its heartiness and generous plum fruit with hints of coffee and spice. Now-2022
Goedverwacht translates from Afrikaans as good hope – or great expectations, hence the labelling. The...

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ColourRed

StyleFortified

RegionRobertson

GrowerGoedverwacht

Grape VarietyMerlot

Vintage2019

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeGDV419

Our Rating

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Goedverwacht

Robertson, South Africa

Goedverwacht translates from Afrikaans as good hope – or great expectations, hence the labelling.

The du Toit family farm no less than 172 hectares of vines along the bends of the Breede river near Bonnievale.

The wines are made by father Jan in collaboration with son Gawie.  Jan once firmly told me his place in the world of wine in...

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Merlot

Origins       

  • Bordeaux region. Known by 18thC
  • Now much more widely planted in Bordeaux than Cabernet Sauvignon

Characteristics   

  • Productive - high yielding …but early budding, so vulnerable to frost (e.g. 1956)
  • In comparison to Cabernet Sauvignon: higher sugars and appealing...
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Goedverwacht, J & G Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson 2020

Here's a pure Cape Cabernet, showing a whiff of smokey oak (from eight months in barrel) over black fruit. With lots of flesh, mildly bittersweet black fruit and negligible tannin, it's juicy, vital and approachable. Now-2023
This is the first time we have shipped this wine, a bottling of just nine barrels (so about 3,300 bottles).  The J G on the stands for Jan and Gawie, Du Toit father and son, owners of this (for us) large estate in Robertson, with some 180 hectares of...

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ColourRed

RegionRobertson

Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon

Vintage2020

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeGDV320

Our Rating

Medium bodied

Light > Full

Cabernet Sauvignon

The most prestigious red grape?

Origins

  • Bordeaux region, as a natural cross of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc (established 1997 by DNA analysis)
  • Was known as Vidure or Petit-Vidure
  • Spread throughout left bank of Bordeaux, supplanting white grapes

Characteristics   

  • Fairly easy to grow: hardy, buds...
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Piekenierskloof, Stonedance, Hutton Red, Swartland, 2019

A pleasing blend of Shiraz and Grenache. The nose has a pretty, cherry quality. On the palate, fresh red and dark fruit flavours combine nicely. This is rounded, soft and eminently drinkable on it's own. Alternatively it would be a delight with homemade burgers (beef, venison or vegetarian!) Now-2023
Hutton is a type of soil in the Cape; usually to be found on the lower slopes and plains. Derived from granite, it's yellowish or rust-coloured, mildly acidic, but has decent...

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ColourRed

RegionSwartland

GrowerPiekenierskloof

Grape VarietyShiraz & Grenache

Vintage2019

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeSTO619

Our Rating

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Piekenierskloof

South Africa

For years I had been hearing about Piekenierskloof – not as a wine producer but as a source of grapes for numerous other winemakers, young and old.

I didn’t realise that Piekenierskloof wasn’t just a ward (the smallest geographical unit in the South African regional classification) but one large estate, formerly a...

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Grenache / Garnacha

Grenache / Garnacha 

Grenache grows well in hot, dry regions, though it can develop very high (15 degrees+) alcohol.

As such it is grown principally in Southern France and Spain (as Garnacha). It is usually blended with other varieties in the Southern Rhône and Languedoc (Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsaut and others).

Its flavour usually encompasses the...

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Meerkat Mix

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