Weekend Wines - This page is currently being updated and info is indicative only.

Weekend Wines are for taking a bit more time over and savouring. They are "up a bit" from Midweek Wines. These wines range from about £9 to £11, maybe £12 per bottle. We try to work to no more than £140 per case. Our list of Weekend Wines can be viewed here.

Below, we've put together another of our "starter" selections, of Whites, Reds and Mixed. Bear in mind though, these are just suggestions - talk to us and we'll tailor a selection specifically to your likes. Our "starter" selections change as our stock does and with the good deals we are able to get with our producers. Often we are able to get cheap parcels of expensive wines - we put these in this selection and pass them on to our clients - but only "while stocks last". The cases show the current composition, they will change as stocks "dwindle".. Each case comes complete with the notes listed below (with space for you to make your comments) and is delivered to you. (Free in the Glasgow area).

Ordering is easy, simply e-mail Stephen with a few words on the types and styles of wine you like and he'll put together your case or phone us on 07778 596756 (Stephen) or 07854 246578 (Scott) and chat with us and we'll deliver one of the "starter cases" or put a case together specifically for you. Payment is also easy, we'll accept a cheque or cash when we deliver. (Paypal coming soon.)

 

Weekend Whites Case -

   

Seidelberg Chenin Blanc 2008, Paarl

This wine is made from 30 year old vines and shows that world class Chenin can be produced in South Africa. Seidelberg was awarded SA Champion Chenin 2007. It is rich, full with guava, peach and pineapple aromas on the nose and is beautifully balanced with firm acidity - freshness, it is one of the best Chenins around. On the palate it has creamy citrus flavours and on the finish there are hints of tastes of apple.The wine has a complexity of flavours and is light and well integrated and is a perfect alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc and is an excellent example of what South Africa can achieve with this varietal

   

Uitkyk Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Stellenbosch

The Uitkyk Sauvignon Blanc gives and excellent picture of what the “South African” style of Sauvignon Blanc. It is neither too light and delicate like some French examples nor too full of “Bursting Gooseberries” like those from NZ. The wine has got interesting herby aromas, with some citrus like smells too. On the palate these herbaceous flavours come to the front with a liimey/lemony taste too. Plenty of “sherbety” acidity gives great balance to the Full flavoured obviously ripe fruit. A nice lively mouthfeel which has an excellent long aftertaste with various suggestions of flavours on the tongue and sides of the cheeks. Good full alcohol balance at 14%, this flavour lasts and lasts.

   

Glenwood Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Franschhoek

Glenwood Vineyards in the Franschhoek Valley enjoys the benefits of cooling mornings to help develop its fruit. The estate produces small quantities of high quality wines.  The Sauvignon Blanc is another which shows how much South Africa can be halfway between France and the New World in style.

It is very fresh and zingy but not over rich or too intense. It is concentrated but not overwhelming.  Flavours suggest coriander and grapefruit. It is  great on its own or with any fish or chicken dish. At 13.5% alcohol it competes with anything from NZ, but  has the edge, as its ripe fruit is not overpowered by the zing of the acidity.

   

Seidelberg Viognier 2008, Paarl

Something a little different, Viognier is the classic white grape of the Rhone Valley in France its definite bold flavours are the constituent of famous wines such as Hermitage and Condrieu. Like all Seidelberg wines the emphasis is on “terroir” or sense of place. So well defined flavours with a touch of finesse is the orer of the day. Rich and powerful “mouthfeel” a big, boldly flavoured wine. It has a lovely golden developed colour and delivers classic peach, apricot kernel and honeysuckle aromas.


   

Neetlingshof Unwooded Chardonnay, 2006, Stellenbosch

Neethlingshof Estate is on the main road into Stellenbosch from Cape Town, in Stellenbosch District, it has a warm/cool climate which makes for wines with ripe fruit and well developed flavours. This is an Unwooded Chardonnay, a light and crisp wine, with 13% alcohol. The main tastes are ripe rounded fruits, with a bit of freshness and crispness, but not too concentrated that the ripeness takes over.

In the glass the wine is fresh with tinges of green. “On the nose” there are fresh citrus fruits with subtle tropical fruits. “On the palate’ we have fresh fruit limes and lemon with a creaminess all balanced with good fresh acidity.

   

Glenwood Vineyards Chardonnay 2008, Franschhoek

Glenwood Vineyards in the Franschhoek Valley enjoys the benefits of cooling mornings to help develop its fruit. The estate produces small quantities of high quality wines. In 2008 Chardonnay grapes ripened slowly, allowing development of small bunches of grapes giving highly concentrated flavours.

The wine sat on the lees for 2 months before bottling, adding an extra creamy dimension to intense layers of citrus fruit with a subtle note of green apple on the finish. Once again, alcohol levels of 13% provides great balance with fruit and acidity.Great on its own, better with salads, chicken or fish.

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Weekend Red Case -

   

Knorhoek Estate Shiraz 2004, Stellenbosch

Weighing in at a hefty 15% alcohol, this Shiraz from the very reliable and consistent Knorhoek Estate displays spicy, savoury aromas with toasty oak flavours which will integrate with the delicious fruit over time. Ripe plum, violets and a touch of chocolate on the palate with aromas of freshly ground peppercorns and rich red fruit jam. It is very opulent, silky smooth full-bodied with supple fruit flavours and oak tannins and a  spicy, pepper and smoky, flinty finish. It is a decidedly serious wine. Complex, intense, lots of different flavours which can be appreciated now, the wine shows the benefit of some ageing, but will drink well for a few years yet. Reminiscent of a Rhone Syrah, but at a fraction of the cost.


   

Philip Jordaan 2001, Limited Edition Cabernet Franc, Western Cape

Philip Jordaan is the award winning winemaker at Du Toitskloof where the emphasis is on very drinkable, reliable, great quality wines. For 10 years now he has had his own, small property, producing one of the Cape’s best wines and best kept secrets. The Cabernet Franc is different, it has a minerally texture, spicy and garrigue type aromas, is smooth with red fruit sweetness on the palate, excellent tannin and oak to support it. This might attract someone who likes old Rioja. Silky refinement is on the agenda, with this particular vintage displaying exceptional elegance and balance. Plenty of coffee character, with notes of plums, prune and mint on the palate, under-pinned by well integrated tannins.

   

De Krans Estate Pinotage 2007, Calitzdorp, Klein Karoo

Pinotage is “South Africa’s grape” and is a perfect wine for all sorts of red meats, turkey and game. Pinotage comes in two or three styles - soft, fruity and light, ranging through to full bodied, concentrated fruit, complex aromas and developed flavours.

The De Krans falls into the latter category. South Africa's only Master of Wine, my friend Cathy van Zyl, says it is" proudly Pinotage with strawberry & tar hints, juicy mouthfeel and pleasant dry lift, couched in gentle chocolate oak. (A bit fanciful, but I can see what she means). For me, it has an interesting complexity, is full bodied and offers excellent rich red fruit flavours. The wine is very “supple”. It is soft and fully developed, easy to drink with a bit of spiciness to balance the fruit. Soft tannins leaving a long lingering aftertaste, which is reminiscent of the tar that Cathy mentions. Great with Red meats, but particularly Venison and Game birds.

 

   

Glenwood Vineyards Merlot 2007, Franschhoek

Merlot is typically soft and very easy to drink and Glenwood Merlot is an excellent example of this. From Franschhoek, its fruit is rounder, smoother. It is an elegant medium-bodied wine with rich, intense layers of chocolate, creamy mulberry fruit and subtle tannin with a hint of mint on the finish. Great for drinking on its own, but just as great with food. This is a “serious” wine, it’s from our “Weekend Selection”.

   

Seidelberg Shiraz 2006, Paarl

Seidelberg Estate in Paarl places special emphasis on producing wines that show varietal "typicity" ....what a wine of a given grape type should taste like and express a sense of place.... where they come from. The Seidelberg Shiraz is an excellent example of this. This wine smells of spicey cloves, pepper and black berry fruits. On tasting, the berries come through with concentrated, intense stewed fruit flavours. Balanced oak and tannin integration with silky cinammon aftertaste. Full bodied, intense flavours, you might call this a "masculine" wine, mouth filling tastes. Definitely a warm climate Shiraz rather than a cool climate Syrah.

   

Seidelberg Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot 2007, Paarl

This wine is a blend of two of the classic grapes of Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. This is THE classic red blend and is the basis ofmost of the great wines from Bordeaux contain. This version is an excellent example, which allows people to understand this blend without paying through the nose.Classic Cabernet Sauvignon Blackcurrant aromas and flavours, accompanied and softened by classic Merlot pluminess and soft dry tannins giving an easy drinking style.It is fruity, with a little bit a bit of spiciness – 14% alcohol, so reasonable level nowadays. Full bodied, intense, complex.This is a serious wine and the five years ageing means it's just about drinking at its best now. An undoubted bargain.


 

   
 

Weekend Mixed Case - £120 (1 bottle of all 12 wines)

   

Looking for something easier, less complicated, less expensive for Midweek?
Click here to see our Midweek Cases or click here to see what's in TheWineSchool selection case.... something for all tastes.

All wines listed are subject to availability. If we haven't got one you select, we'll suggest a better one!

View our full Weekend wines list here. We're working on our catalogue, which will provide greater detail soon.


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