The WineSchool Selection ~ this page is currently being updated and the information is no longer current or valid. The wines are indicative only.

This is a case which provides a taste of both worlds. The idea here is to include both Midweek and Weekend wines, whites and reds, giving our client the chance to discover a little bit more about where their tastes lie. Composition varies, depending on the client and on our stock, there will be some £9 wines, some £10 wines, some £12 wines and maybe some £20 wines. This is our most popular "starter" case. Here's the current composition, like all the rest of our cases, we can chop it and change it around a wee bit to suit your tastes.

We're also able to drop in one or two REAL BARGAINS by balancing some of our expensive wines with something from our Midweek range.

 

Selection Whites

De Krans Chenin Blanc 2008, Calitzdorp

Chenin Blanc is a classic white grape from the Loire Valley, with tastes and flavours offering something different. There are two examples in the selection showing differing styles. The De Krans is an 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 2009, Paarl

This wine is made from 30 year old vines and shows that world class Chenin can be produced in South Africa. The wine was awarded SA Champion Chenin (out of 700 wines). It is rich and full with massive guava, peach and pineapple aromas on the nose and it is beautifully balanced by firm acidity, making this one of the best Chenin Blancs 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, it is light and well integrated and is the perfect alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc and is an excellent example of what South Africa can achieve with this varietal.

   

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.

   

De Krans Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Fantastic easy drinking, fruity, zesty Sauvignon Blanc 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. Probably one of our most popular wines, great on its own, for lunch or with fish, chicken or white sauce pasta dishes.

   

Neethlingshof 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.

   

De Krans Chardonnay 2008, Calitzdorp

De Krans Chardonnay comes from Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo, which is regarded as warm/hot climate district. De Krans produces full bodied, fully ripened wines both red and white.The Unwooded Chardonnay is an elegant, but full-flavoured wine with complex citrus lemon and lime flavours. It is very fresh flavoured and the alcohol level of 14% carries the fruit well.. The wine will likely develop and integrate perhaps becoming a bit more complex over the next 2-3 years. The wine is great for drinking on its own but equally as well with poultry, fish, salads and pasta.

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Selection Reds

De Krans Merlot/Pinotage 2004, Calitzdorp

De Krans is a warm climate estate in Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo region and produces some wonderfully full and rich wines, both white and red AND it produces some wonderful Cape "port like" wines. Its red wines are all a delight to drink and this blend of Merlot and South Africa's own grape, Pinotage make it an excllent, approachable, easy to drink red, particularly for the Autumn evenings. Nothing too complicated, but rich, red fruit, lots of plums and hints of strawberry from the Pinotage, rich berry fruits with nice soft tannins, yum. The wine is 2004, showing how a little bit of ageing can soften and round off a wine.

   

Pebble River Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Western Cape

This is an excellent example of South African Cabernet Sauvignon, having a nice balance of fruit and softish tannin. It has an intense deep purple colour and excellent blackcurrant and blackberry aromas. When tasting we get the same fruits coming through and some marzipan and almonds. The tannin is soft giving good structure. It is a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon and will go well with steak and lamb, while  great for drinking on its own. This wine and the Pebble River Red blend represent great value for money, coming in at around £7/£7.50 per bottle they could both easily sell for £8.50/£9.00. Serious wines.

   

Glenwood Vineyards Merlot 2006, 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”.

De Krans Graden Route Shiraz 2007, Durbanville

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. An absolutely smashing wine and for its price (c £7.50), fantastic value.

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.

The WineSchool Selection changes regularly depending on our stock and special parcels we obtain from our producers. This allows us to let you try something from across the range. If this is the range of wine styles and varieties that you like, talk with us, sign up for our Personal Service and we'll provide you with a case a quarter or even a case and month, all designed to take you on your own personal wine journey of discovery and experimentation.

e-mail Stephen or telephone either Stephen (07778 596756) or Scott (07854 246578) and we'll get you started.

 


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