In no particular order:
Thorne & Daughters Copper Pot:
Great cheap Pinot Noir doesn’t exi……
Whatever. This one is incredible.
The wines are matured for 9 months in a mix of older small French oak barrels to avoid a dominant oak character, and round out their structure before blending and bottling.
Reenen Borman Kottabos Grenache Syrah
68% Grenache and 32% Syrah. Red and black fruit, floral perfume somewhere between rose and lavender and wild herbs on the nose. Pure fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins – very well handled but not quite as thrilling as the 2017. Alcohol: 13%
Kolab Disturbance Red
‘Disturbance Red’ is made by one of the Cape’s most revered white-wine producers based in the Hemel-en-Aarde (though he sources fruit all over the map).
100% of the grapes whole cluster fermented, with very gentle extraction, soft punch down by hand twice a day. Pressed to old barrels after fermentation and matured for 10 months. Coarse filtration and bottle.
Joostenburg Family Blend
The grapes were hand-picked, de-stemmed, lightly crushed and then fermented in small open-topped tanks. The varietals were harvested and fermented separately. After 10 months maturation in a combination of seasoned oak barrels and stainless steel tanks, the various batches were blended and the wine was bottled. VARIETIES Syrah/Shiraz 73% Mourvedre 12% Cinsault 12% Touriga Nacional 2% Viognier 1%
Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah
The nose is perfumed and complex with upfront red and dark fruit notes and distinct pepper aromatics. The complex nose follows through with spicy undertones. The palate is fresh and vibrant with juicy tannins and well balanced structure. Layers of red fruit, spices and blueberry, gives you an elegant and well refined wine that will want you reaching for another glass.