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SOUTH AFRICA

South African wine has a history dating back to 1659 with Constantia, a vineyard near Cape Town, being considered one of the greatest wines in the world. Access to international markets has unleashed a burst of new energy and new investment. Production is concentrated around Cape Town, with major vineyard and production centers at Paarl, Stellenbosch and Worcester. There are about 60 appellations within the Wine of Origin (WO) system, which was implemented in 1973 with a hierarchy of designated production regions, districts and wards. WO wines must be made 100% from grapes from the designated area. "Single vineyard" wines must come from a defined area of less than 5 hectares. An "Estate Wine" can come from adjacent farms, as long as they are farmed together and wine is produced on site. A ward is an area with a distinctive soil type or climate, and is roughly equivalent to a European appellation. The grape varieties in South Africa are known as cultivar, with many common international varieties.

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  • A.A BADENHORST SECATEURS 2015 FAMILY CHENIN BLANC

    Item #: 381257
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Adi Badenhorst is the charismatic winemaker who alongside Eben Sadie has put Swartland on the map. Outspoken, opinionated and talented, his charism...
    Adi Badenhorst is the charismatic winemaker who alongside Eben Sadie has put Swartland on the map. Outspoken, opinionated and talented, his charisma rubs off upon the wines he creates. Moreover, they are available at extremely affordable prices and serve as a perfect introduction to the delights of Adi’s and Swartland’s wines.

    WINE ADVOCATE - "The 2015 Secateurs Chenin Blanc has a slightly waxy, toffee apple-scented bouquet that perhaps lacks the complexity of some of the other vintages that I have tasted in the past. The palate is nicely balanced, quite primal in the mouth at first but settling down later on with lime cordial and peachy notes that deliver plenty of flavor. Drink this entry Chenin Blanc over the next 3-4 years."
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  • ALHEIT 2014 CARTOLOGY CHENIN BLANC

    Item #: 382759
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Cartology is a cuvee that is composed of rare and extraordinary parcels of mature dryland bush vines. The wine is alive and vibrant. Obvious...
    Cartology is a cuvee that is composed of rare and extraordinary parcels of mature dryland bush vines. The wine is alive and vibrant. Obviously it's just a baby, but so far has a nose of lime, fennel and quince. The palate is taught, very fine and balanced, with excellent structure and a persistent finish.

    TIM ATKIN MW SOUTH AFRICA REPORT 2015; 95 POINTS - "In a matter of only three years, Cartology has established itself as one of the South Africa’s best white blends, combining Chenin and Semillon from various sources to brilliant effect. Waxy, spicy, toasty and herbal, this wine is all about balance and transparency. A Cape classic in the making. Drink: 2015-20"
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  • BADENHORST SECATEURS 2016 ROSE

    Item #: 381206
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  • BEESLAAR 2013 PINOTAGE

    Item #: 382363
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Winemaker's Notes: "It has an intense ruby red color, with plum cake, red fruit, and dark chocolate aromas, offering savory finish on the palate. T...
    Winemaker's Notes: "It has an intense ruby red color, with plum cake, red fruit, and dark chocolate aromas, offering savory finish on the palate. The first sorting was done in the vineyards. The perfect bunches were transported in bins to the winery, destemned, sorted and fermented in 5 ton open fermentors. The cap was punched every 2 hours for 60 hours until the right extraction was achieved. After pressing, malolactic fermentation was done in 15 French oak, and 300 liter American oak barrels. The wine matured for 19 months in the barrels."
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  • BOEKENHOUTSKLOOF 2014 THE CHOCOLATE BLOCK

    Item #: 308006
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    A blend of 73% Syrah, 12% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cinsault and 1% Viognier, this is a superbly fruity, chocolatey, generally yummy Sou...
    A blend of 73% Syrah, 12% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cinsault and 1% Viognier, this is a superbly fruity, chocolatey, generally yummy South African red wine. Pour yourself a glass on a mid-summer evening and enjoy.
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  • BOTANICA MARY DELANEY 2013 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 382340
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The inspiration for the name of the wine and design of the labels was a trip to the Yale Center for British Art. An exhibit of Mary Delany’s work, ...
    The inspiration for the name of the wine and design of the labels was a trip to the Yale Center for British Art. An exhibit of Mary Delany’s work, a remarkable series of botanical collages that are beautifully crafted with hundreds of tiny pieces of cut paper was breathtaking. I am fortunate to have licensed a few of her collages and created these beautiful labels with her art as the primary focal point. Mary was 72 when she created these pieces in the late 1700’s.
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  • BOTANICA MARY DELANEY 2014 CHENIN BLANC

    Item #: 382338
    Bottle Size: EACH
    Seductive 2014 as complex & enigmatic as previous. Grapefruit & citrus rind, honeyed richness tempered by leesy minerality, spiced by careful parti...
    Seductive 2014 as complex & enigmatic as previous. Grapefruit & citrus rind, honeyed richness tempered by leesy minerality, spiced by careful partial oaking (none new). Silk textured & generous
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  • BUITENVERWACHTING 2015 BAYTEN SAUVIGNON BLANC CONSTANTIA VALLEY

    Item #: 382354
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Spectator: 90
    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "Pure and chiseled, with a long lemon pulp note stretching out, while the honeysuckle,...
    WINE SPECTATOR 90 POINTS - "Pure and chiseled, with a long lemon pulp note stretching out, while the honeysuckle, wet straw and kiwifruit flavors race along the edges. Exhibits a lingering fleur de sel edge. Drink now. 5,000 cases imported."

    Long referred to as "Bayten" by locals, Buitenverwachting (meaning beyond expectations) is located on the east-facing slopes of the Constantiaberg on the Cape of Good Hope. Ocean breezes make this area one of South Africa's coolest winegrowing areas, allowing for slow ripening, resulting in grapes that achieve full ripeness while retaining fresh acidity. This wine was aged on the lees for three months prior to bottling. Bayten offers a melange of citrus and stone fruits with honeysuckle, jasmine and green notes on the nose. The palate reveals peaches, apricots, lemon rind and lemongrass with a nice balance of richness and refreshing crispness on the finish.
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  • CHAMONIX 2014 CHARDONNAY RESERVE FRANSCHHOEK

    Item #: 382689
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This is a stunning, world class Chardonnay that should be on your radar. Wine Critic Tim Atkin designated it as his pick for the White Wine of the ...
    This is a stunning, world class Chardonnay that should be on your radar. Wine Critic Tim Atkin designated it as his pick for the White Wine of the Year, calling it "the best Chardonnay I've ever tasted from South Africa." We believe this Chardonnay is worthy of the accolades and its apparent the winemaking team from Chamonix is one of the most dynamic and exciting producers in the world. Fortunately, the wines are still somewhat under the radar meaning pricing is reasonable and does not accurately reflect the quality found in the glass. The Chamonix wines are not readily available, with only a small amount imported into the United States.

    TIM ATKIN MW SOUTH AFRICA REPORT 2015 97 POINTS - "This is the best Chardonnay I've ever tasted from South Africa, sold at a price that should have people besieging retailers. Tangerine, understated oak, leesy texture, some baking spices and a spinal chord of acidity: this wouldn't look out of place in a tasting of Grands Crus Burgundies. Sets a new benchmark for Cape Chardonnay. Drink: 2015-22"
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  • CHAMONIX 2014 PINOT NOIR RESERVE FRANSCHHOEK

    Item #: 382965
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    During a recent tasting of South African wines, the wines from Chamonix clearly stood out. Situated high above the fertile Franschhoek valley in th...
    During a recent tasting of South African wines, the wines from Chamonix clearly stood out. Situated high above the fertile Franschhoek valley in the heart of the Cape winelands, lies a wine farm like no other. The wines from Chamonix are fantastic including the Reserve Pinot Noir which shows great purity of fruit and incredible balance. It is just what we look for in a premium Pinot Noir and we instantly knew it was worthy of being one of our top wines of the year. So complex, so delicious and so harmonious, we had to bring it into the store to share it with you. We are thrilled to be one of the few retailers in the United States to offer this fantastic pinot Noir. Enjoy!

    TIM ATKIN MW SOUTH AFRICA REPORT 2015 94 POINTS - "Chamonix’s best Pinot Noir vineyards are all located above 490 metres, which partly explains why they are the best in Franschhoek. Aromatic and hauntingly perfumed, this is a quintessence of fine Pinot Noir: bright and spicy and very elegant with succulent red berries and vivid supporting acidity. Drink: 2015-20"
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  • CONSTANTIA GLEN 2013 THREE

    Item #: 381277
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    A complex offering with upfront aromas of fully ripe black cherries and berries with slight hints of spice and plums in the background. The nose i...
    A complex offering with upfront aromas of fully ripe black cherries and berries with slight hints of spice and plums in the background. The nose is forthcoming with expressive red berry perfume. The beautiful dark fruit flavours show the underpinnings of the three archetypal Bordeaux varieties.
    The dark fruit flavours follow seamlessly onto a mouth-filling palate with incredible texture from ripe, velvety tannins. The wine has a very good structure as a result of fine-grain tannins and the natural freshness from the acidity gives the wine vibrancy. Full-bodied with a juicy texture and spicy complexity, this wine has a long, soft finish making it approachable in its youth and yet it has ample structure to age beautifully for 8 to 10 years.
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  • CRYSTALLUM 2014 "MABALEL" PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 382671
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    A lovely, lifted earthy perfume combines with sweet cherry, grapefruit and strawberry notes delivering a complex and alluring nose. The palate is t...
    A lovely, lifted earthy perfume combines with sweet cherry, grapefruit and strawberry notes delivering a complex and alluring nose. The palate is textured and layered with a succulent core and crisp acidity owing to a cool, fresh vintage. This wine will improve over the next 5-8 years.
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  • DAVID & NADIA SADIE 2014 "ARISTARGOS" WHITE BLEND 35% CHENIN BLANC, 25% ROUSSANNE, 25% CLAIRETTE BLANCHE,

    Item #: 382672
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    5 Stars (*****) 2016 Platter’s South African Wine guide
    Authoritative white blend evokes hidden ravines, rugged black scrub, terracotta & y...
    5 Stars (*****) 2016 Platter’s South African Wine guide
    Authoritative white blend evokes hidden ravines, rugged black scrub, terracotta & yellow soil thanks to 12 mostly dryland bushvine blocks, some 50+ years. Unlike 13, 14 features substantial portion roussanne (with chenin, clairette blanche, viognier & Semillon), touch livelier but no less seductive, thrilling.

    TIM ATKIN MW 95 POINTS - "The Sadies’ outstanding white blend mixes Chenin Blanc with Roussanne, Clairette Blanche and Viognier from a dozen different vineyards, using more Roussanne than in 2013. Old oak, full malolactic and layer upon layer of complex flavours distinguish the wine, with baking spices, apple pie, stone fruit, honey and a core of chiselled acidity. Drink: 2015-22"
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  • DE TOREN 2013 FUSION 5

    Item #: 377711
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    "The iconic Left Bank-based blend from De Toren, Fusion V is meticulously crafted from Bordeaux’s ‘Noble Five’ varietals and, with its complex flav...
    "The iconic Left Bank-based blend from De Toren, Fusion V is meticulously crafted from Bordeaux’s ‘Noble Five’ varietals and, with its complex flavours of liquorice, black cherry, cedar and dark berries, it offers a stylish departure for sophisticated oenophilic tastes.Soft as spun silk, with a lingering hint of sweet fruit on the back palate, this is a wine that will only improve with age." -Winemaker’s Notes
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  • DELAIRE GRAFF 2014 BOTSMASKOP BORDEAUX BLEND

    Item #: 380604
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Winemaker's Notes - " Rich aromas of cassis and spice with intense liquorice andblackberry flavors on the palate and fine, lingering ta...
    Winemaker's Notes - " Rich aromas of cassis and spice with intense liquorice andblackberry flavors on the palate and fine, lingering tannins.Optimal aging potential of 5 – 8 years.
    Blend: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 6% Cabernet Franc"
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  • DEMORGENZON 2014 CHENIN BLANC

    Item #: 381052
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2014 Reserve Chenin Blanc, which is matured in 25% new oak, has a crisp, reserved,...
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2014 Reserve Chenin Blanc, which is matured in 25% new oak, has a crisp, reserved, stone rather than fruit-driven bouquet with a brush of jasmine and honeysuckle. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry, very smooth and lightly honeyed, building to a focused and satisfying finish - orange zest, dried apricot and shaved ginger all making an entrance and partying likes it's "1999" (or in this case, 2014). This is a superb Chenin Blanc, one of the finest that the Cape produced in 2014."
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  • EBEN SADIE 2013 PALLADIUS WHITE

    Item #: 382425
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2013 Palladius comes in at 13.7% alcohol, one of the lowest for this label. It has...
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2013 Palladius comes in at 13.7% alcohol, one of the lowest for this label. It has a refined bouquet of dried honey, fern, smoked walnut and damp earth all very well defined. The palate is very well balanced with wonderful poise, a strong marine influence with a dash of white pepper and nutmeg towards the long and sustained finish. Another superb Palladius."
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  • EBEN SADIE 2014 POFADDER CINSAUT SWARTLAND

    Item #: 382192
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "From 48-year-old vine Cinsault grown on slate soils, the 2014 Old Vine Series Pofadder...
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "From 48-year-old vine Cinsault grown on slate soils, the 2014 Old Vine Series Pofadder has an extremely pure bouquet, less tertiary than the 2014 Soldaat (grown on decomposed sandstone), with touches of pressed flowers infusing the fresh strawberry and redcurrant fruit. With aeration, there is an intriguing incense/potpourri note. The palate is taut and crisp, brimming over with tension and extremely focused with slightly more brittle tannins than the Soldaat -- lending the chalky-textured finish fine symmetry, albeit without quite the same sustain. It might sound odd, but it tastes fabulous."

    In the late 19th century, and much of the 20th, Cinsaut was the workhorse red variety that played an undeclared role in some great red blends. It was an obvious candidate for inclusion in the Old Vine Series, although it poses many quality problems in the vineyard as well as the cellar, including the difficulty of keeping yields down and attaining perfect ripeness, plus its very oxidative character. There were five vineyards considered—but it became clear that the block on the Riebeek Mountain in the Swartland was far above the rest in quality (the snakelike form of the mountain gave the wine its name). After picking, careful sorting is vital to get rid of both under-ripe and over-ripe berries. The whole clusters are then placed in an old wooden open-top fermenter, with one or two punch-downs by foot each day to slowly release juice for fermentation. After a month on the skins the grapes are transferred by hand into a tiny basket press and pressed directly to an old wooden cask. The wine is bottled after a year or so, to retain the fruit and elegance of the wine and avoid any premature oxidation character.
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  • EBEN SADIE 2014 SOLDAAT GRENACHE NOIR

    Item #: 382471
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 95
    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "The 2014 Old Vine Series Soldaat...swear to God...if I was served this blind I would...
    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "The 2014 Old Vine Series Soldaat...swear to God...if I was served this blind I would claim it to be a Burgundy Pinot Noir. It has a wonderful definition and transparency, and is extraordinarily pure with an enthralling sous-bois undertow. The palate is taut and linear, very focused, nimble and poised with fine but strict tannin; it is tightly wound with tertiary red berry fruit that segue into a poised finish. This is a serious Grenache from Eben Sadie, one that deserves to be cellared for as long as you can withstand. (Eben thinks it will go into a slumber after a couple of years, so bear that in mind.)"
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  • EBEN SADIE FAMILY 2014 OLD VINES SERIES SKURFBERG CHENIN BLANC

    Item #: 382473
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 95
    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "From 90-year-old Chenin Blanc vines on sandstone soil, the 2014 Skurfberg is closed on...
    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "From 90-year-old Chenin Blanc vines on sandstone soil, the 2014 Skurfberg is closed on the nose at first and then gradually unfurls with dried honey, honeysuckle, broom and hazelnut scents, just a touch of yeastiness underneath. It has wonderful delineation and complexity. The palate is extremely well balanced with enthralling poise and race, freshly sliced pear and red apple interlaced with five-spice towards the long finish. This is one of those wines that needs to be cellared for several years and will definitely repay you."

    This wine blends Chenin Blanc from old bushvine parcels on three farms on the slopes of the Skurfberg ("rugged mountains") between Clanwilliam and Lamberts Bay in the Olifants River Region. They are immaculately farmed properties, which have not been subjected to herbicide or chemical fertilizers by the current farmers. Most of the soils in the area are of decomposed sandstone, and very sandy. Rainfall is low - these vines have had to be tough to survive without irrigation. Together these three low yielding parcels represent the possibilities of the area, each offering something unique to the complexity of the whole. The one site has huge and aromatic fruit concentration; the second offers an earthy character and minerality, and the third (the highest, and closest to the Atlantic) retains amazing acidity and freshness. The three parcels of fruit were vinified separately. They were basket-pressed and then transferred directly to old casks where natural fermentation took place. We blended them after 12 months, and then left them to age another six months before bottling.
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  • EDGEBASTON PEPPER POT 14

    Item #: 378723
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    80% Syrah, 11% Tannat, 6% Mourvedre, 3% Grenache
    Wine Makers Notes: A spicy blend of flavours on the nose and palate. White Pepper, Cloves and...
    80% Syrah, 11% Tannat, 6% Mourvedre, 3% Grenache
    Wine Makers Notes: A spicy blend of flavours on the nose and palate. White Pepper, Cloves and bramble fruit with a hint of vanilla carry from the first sniff to the last swallow. Ripe red fruits including raspberry, ripe plum and cranberry confit remain on the aftertaste for a long period.
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  • EXCELSIOR 2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

    Item #: 376021
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Top-notch Cabernet for $6.99? You bet! The wine proffers gobs of gorgeous, up-front fruit capturing lush vectors of ripe plum, black cherry, boysen...
    Top-notch Cabernet for $6.99? You bet! The wine proffers gobs of gorgeous, up-front fruit capturing lush vectors of ripe plum, black cherry, boysenberry and black currant fruit deftly accented with sundry hints of spice, carob and espresso. The wine's bright fruit is clearly the star of the show. And while Excelsior's finish showcases just a bit of this wine nation's unique volcanic soil, we think you'll agree that Excelsior could easily have emanated from such familiar locales as Napa or Bordeaux. The beauty of the bottle is the price as we don't often see wines of this quality from either of these renowned regions coming in at the sub-$10 niveau.
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  • EXCELSIOR 2016 CHARDONNAY

    Item #: 380928
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Bright lime green hue. Hints of peach, marmalade and orange blossom on the nose. Green apple fruit flavours on a full creamy palate. Calling Card: ...
    Bright lime green hue. Hints of peach, marmalade and orange blossom on the nose. Green apple fruit flavours on a full creamy palate. Calling Card: Only very lightly oaked for everyday drinking. This wine is perfect with grilled seafood, or lightly spiced Thai chicken.
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  • FORRESTER 2013 FMC CHENIN BLANC

    Item #: 378104
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This iconic Chenin is a benchmark South African bottling, and what Ken Forrester considers to be the ultimate expression of the Chenin Blanc grape....
    This iconic Chenin is a benchmark South African bottling, and what Ken Forrester considers to be the ultimate expression of the Chenin Blanc grape.
    The grapes are grown in Ken Forrester’s estate vineyards at the foot of the Helderberg in Stellenbosch.
    The vineyards are farmed organically, and everything is done by hand. Grapes for the FMC are hand selected from a single block of low yielding Chenin bush vines planted in 1974. Each vine is pruned to 5 or 6 shoots, with 1 bunch per shoot. They are planted in Clovelly — a deep yellow sandy soil — on south-southwest-facing slopes. .
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  • GLENELLY 2011 LADY MAY

    Item #: 378154
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Lady May is Glenelly's Flagship Estate wine, named for proprietor May-Eliane de Lencquesaing. Elegant and complex, this Bordeaux inspired red disp...
    Lady May is Glenelly's Flagship Estate wine, named for proprietor May-Eliane de Lencquesaing. Elegant and complex, this Bordeaux inspired red displays velvety tannins and lush fruit, perfectly balanced by fresh acidity. A true reflection of the Glenelly terroir, it flaunts bright flavors of blackcurrant, rasspberry and blackberry, tinged with delicate floral, herbal and spice notes.
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