Includes 1 bottle each of:
Name: Badenhorst 2018 Secateurs Red Blend
Region: Western Cape
Adi Badenhorst is a huge personality and the founding member of the Swartland Revolution. In 2008, he and his cousin Hein bought a derelict 1930s farm in the Paardeberg and fully restored it. They make transparent, minimal-intervention wines (native yeast, concrete fermenters) from old bush vines. The 2018 Secateurs is a blend of mostly Cinsault with Syrah and Grenache. It’s light on its feet and aromatic with notes of ripe red fruit, light florals, and pepper. The palate is juicy and fresh with a hint of structure.
Enticing aroma of sweet red fruits, red cherry, but also a more savoury, almost leathery note. There is something really honest about this wine, not rough but not too polished. Some grip and plenty of freshness. Good value. Drink 2020 - 2022. - 16 points Julia Harding MW (Jancis Robinson Purple Pages).
Name: Raats 2017 Dolomite Cabernet Franc
Bruwer Raats is a former rugby player turned winemaker. He exclusively makes Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc at his family estate, helped by his cousin Gavin Bruwer. They are specialists and make some of the best Cab Franc in the country. The Dolomite is incredibly pure, bright, and silky, with Pinot-like elegance. It displays dark berries, spice, herbal notes, and distinct minerality from granite soils.
Two sites on granite supply the grapes for this elegant, floral, easy-going Cabernet Franc, aged in older wood to allow the fruit to sing. Pure and very true to the variety, with violet and green herb notes and crunchy, black cherry fruit. 2017-21. - 92 Tim Atkin (MW)
Name: B Vintners 2016 Black Bream Pinot Noir
Region: Walker Bay
B Vintners is the second label from cousins Bruwer Raats and Gavin Bruwer. Whereas at Raats Family Wines they focus solely on Chenin and Cab Franc, at B Vintners — they refer to it as a Vine Exploration Company — they get to experiment. Here they work with leased vineyards to match the grape to the best soils. This Black Bream Pinot Noir is made from cool coastal vineyards in the Walker Bay region.
Earthy aromas of forest floor and rooibos tea are front and center on the nose of this pretty Pinot. Notes of crunchy red berry, pomegranate and red cherry pit are hit with a dusting of cocoa. Silky in feel and texture, it's medium in weight and well balanced, with lively acidity and just-ripe red fruits that flood the palate and finish with a mouthwatering zest. - 92 Wine Enthusiast
Name: Savage 2018 Thief in the Night
Region: Citrusdal Mountain
Duncan Savage was the winemaker at Cape Point Vineyards for nearly a decade before launching his own label in 2011. His goal was to make a red and white blend using fruit from high-elevation maritime vineyards. He did just that, and then later added a few wines to the roster, including Thief in the Night. All of his wines are classic, elegant, and age-worthy, with minimal extraction and moderate alcohol.
The maiden 2017 vintage of this wine was released to rave critical reviews last year despite this cuvee still being a work in progress. The 2018 blend retains a punchy slug of 54% Grenache, a slightly elevated 24% Syrah and a fine supporting 22% Cinsault from the Piekenierskloof. Components were fermented separately unlike 2017, with the grapes spending 10 days on their skins using 20% whole-bunches. After 10 months of ageing in 3,200-litre conical foudre and one new 225 litre barrel, the wine was bottled unfiltered off its fine lees. When I tasted this wine from barrel, I instantly remarked what a step up I thought it was even on the excellent 2017. In bottle, the aromatics display a wonderfully crisp, pure delineated red cherry scented top note with plenty of granitic minerality and graphite in support. Subtle notes of sweet sappy red currant and red plum confit allow the nose to retain an element of broodiness but there is no holding back the palate however, which bristles with delicious vibrancy, wild strawberry, a bright pin-point acidity and again an opulent, glycerol weightless intensity and concentration. This really is a genuinely thrilling wine! - 94+ Greg Sherwood, MW
Name: Blank Bottle 2018 Familiemoord
Region: Wellington + Darling + Elgin
Pieter Walser is a bit of a mad scientist. He makes over 30 different wines every year, most of which are not repeated. He lets the vintage dictate which blends will be best and asks his fervent followers to trust his latest creations. He doesn’t put any information on the label to do away with any expectations. His wines are textured and sublime – they all have elaborate stories attached to them, including this one. The 2018 Familiemoord is a blend of Grenache (Wellington), Pinot Noir (Elgin), and Cinsault (Darling).
Name: Meerlust 2016 Rubicon
Meerlust is an iconic winery that has been in the Myburgh family since 1756. Today it’s managed by the eight generation, with winemaker Chris Williams at the helm since 2004. Rubicon is a famous Bordeaux-style blend that is old world in style with dark fruit, herbal notes, and structure. It’s delicious now but will also age well. The 2016 is 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 20% Cab Franc, 3% Petit Verdot.
Cedar wood, spice, a touch of fynbos on nose and palate. Good acidity and layers of flavour that balance the ripe fruit, with a deft touch. - 93 Decanter