'TheWineSchool' Autumn Selection - The info on this page is being updated and is for indicative purposes only.

TheWineSchool Autumn Case puts together great wines that are there 'just for drinking NOW' alongside a selection of wines with a bit more substance and complexity, wines to appreciate, take your time over and wines to savour. A mix of wines from our "Everyday" and "Weekend" ranges, this case gives you something for a glass of wine after work and something for sharing when you have friends around. As with all our cases, we have put together this selection based on both what we drink ourselves and what our customers tell us they like. Our preferences all differ, so if you prefer Chardonnay to Sauvignon blanc, Merlot to Cabernet Sauvigon, whites to reds, tell us and we'll tailor your case appropriately.

De Krans Chenin Blanc, Calitzdorp, 2007

Chenin Blanc is a classic white grape with tastes and flavours offering something different. The DeKrans is another excellent value for money wine, a fresh, smooth young wine showing some typical Chenin spiced melon flavours, but in an easy drinking style with a well-balanced integrated creamy aftertaste. A good introduction to the grape for those not so keen on Chardonnay. Superb with poultry, spicy Oriental dishes and salads.


Seidelberg Chenin Blanc, 2007, 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


De Krans Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc, Calitzdorp, 2009

De Krans Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc is made at the award winning De Krans Winery in the Calitzdorp District in the Klein Karoo. It is a fabulous spring/summer wine and great value for money. Typical South African Sauvignon Blanc, fresh and zesty with hints of summer garden on the nose, crisp and refreshing on the palate with gooseberries and citrus. This wine is part of the new range from De Krans, aimed at very approachable, great to drink, not too complex but still with some substance types of wine. The wine is getting great reviews from many of our clients because it delivers what it promises - good, substantial wine, easy to drink, fresh, crisp and fruity and at a great price too.


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.


Du Toitskloof Chardonnay, Rawsonville, 2008

This Chardonnay is earthy and fullsome on the nose and on the palate has grapefruit and dried peach flavours, giving a hint of the clear, unadorned flavours that ripe Chardonnay can give. The wine is big on fruit and flavour and at 13.5% alcohol - big. 50 % of the wine underwent fermentation in French oak and this gives subtle vanilla and toasted hazelnut flavours. An interesting wine, showing quality oak treatment and grape flavours well.Grapefruit and lime core, layered with dried peaches, toasted hazelnuts and vanilla flavours from 50% portion that underwent fermentation in French oak and spent three months on the lees. Big alcohol, but balanced and accessible.


Neetlingshof 'No Wood' 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.


De Krans Garden Route Shiraz, 2009, Calitzdorp

This is a smashing new red from De Krans, one of our favourite “heavy red” wineries. It’s a great value wine and although it is young and very smooth, it has a real depth of flavours. There are dark cherry and plum fruit flavours which are nicely intergrated with light oak. This is a ‘fairly serious’ wine for the money, Boets the winemaker at De Krans Estate has sourced grapes from the Western Cape to produce this value for money red. It really does drink very well on its own but drinks very well when served with food and great with steaks and red meat, the slight spiced heat of the wine will hold up well to the challenge. Another one that has been getting rave reviews from our customers since we introduced it recently.


Glenwood Vineyards Shiraz, 2006 Franschhoek

The Glenwood Shiraz is a wine with lots of flavours for you to discover. It is exotically spiced with aromas of freshly ground peppercorns, coriander seed and importantly, rich red fruit jam.  It is very opulent and remarkably smooth when you first drink it, it is medium to full-bodied with supple vibrant fruit flavours and oak tannins. The wine leaves you with a spicy, white pepper and smoky, flinty finish.

The flavours linger in your mouth. It is a wee bit more ‘serious’ than the Glenwood Merlot, being a bit more full bodied. It is a wine that is both very good to drink on its own or especially with a good hearty red meat dish and a wine that will definitely improve and develop more interesting secondary flavours if left for a while.

De Krans Pinotage, 2007, Calitzdorp

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.


Pebble River Red, Coastal Region, 2007

This wine is a blend of three grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. This is THE classic red blend and it is what all the greatest wines from Bordeaux contain. This version is an excellent example, which allows people to understand this blend without paying through the nose.

Red berry flavours, a little bit of spice and white pepper from the Cabernet Franc and an easy drinking style coming from the Merlot. Fruity, smokey, a bit of spiciness – 14% alcohol so reasonable level nowadays.

Du Toitskloof Cabernet Sauvignon, Rawsonville, 2005

This is a lovely deep coloured Cabernet Sauvignon, with lovely purples, tinged with flashes of ruby. When smelling, there’s some nice blackcurrant, with cassis and nice cedary spice. These follow through on the palate when tasting. The wine is semi dense, quite an interesting ‘mouthfeel’ with some nice vanilla and spice coming from eight months in new French oak.  Not overl concentrated but certainly definite flavours, supple tannins making it well balanced making it easy to drink now. The flavours carry through on a smooth, lingering finish. Been described as 'an excellent buy at the price'. 


De Krans Rose, Calitzdorp, 2008

De Krans Winery is in Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo district of the Cape and is famed for its Port type wines and reds. These guys know red grapes. Their rosé demonstrates that. It is a single varietal rose produced from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, it is dry… residual sugar of 3.3g/l, drier than some red wines, with alcohol of 12.5%, which is nowadays quite moderate.This moderate alcohol and dry style of wine allows the flavour of the grape to be better expressed. As someone who isn’t too keen on rosé wine, I really like this, it is light yet substantial, dry not sweet or sickly. It is both fruity and fresh and therefore refreshing.

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