Debut for Rickety Bridge’s first white blend

Rickety Bridge The Foundation Stone White 2013; ZAR85

Teaming Mediterranean varieties ugni blanc, roussanne, viognier and grenache blanc with chenin blanc, the new Foundation Stone White is Rickety Bridge’s first white blend and a partner to the Rhône-style Foundation Stone Red and Rosé.

"Perfect winter warmer" from Hartenberg Estate

Hartenberg Merlot 2010; ZAR125 ex cellar

Billed as "perfect for the cold winter weather", Hartenberg's 2010 Merlot is described by winemaker Carl Schultz as silky and elegant, with prominent black and red fruit flavours. The wine is served at Hartenberg's restaurant with Wagyu beef burger on a brioche bun topped with aged cheddar and Merlot-braised onions.

Classic Bordeaux-style red from The High Road

The High Road Director’s Reserve 2010; ZAR250

Celebrating the road less travelled, insurance industry kingpins Les Sweidan and Mike Church's The High Road Director’s Reserve is a Bordeaux-style blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and, for the first time in the 2010 vintage, petit verdot from the foothills of Helderberg Mountain near Stellenbosch.

Site-specific Syrah from Richard Kershaw Wines

Kershaw Elgin Syrah 2012; ZAR280

Made in cool-climate Elgin from Dijon clones 9c & 21, this maiden Syrah shows fine tannins, freshness and flavours of black fruit, iodine and white pepper, according to winemaker and Master of Wine Richard Kershaw.

"Deliciously fruity" whites from Bouchard Finlayson

Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer 2013, Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Sans Barrique Chardonnay 2013, Crocodile’s Lair/Kaaimansgat Chardonnay 2013; ZAR79/87/111/117

Described by the winemaker as "deliciously fruity", the latest Bouchard Finlayson white wines are available at the cellar and leading wine merchants countrywide.

New vintage of Shannon Vineyards’ icon merlot

Shannon Vineyards Mount Bullet Merlot 2011; ZAR285

Named after the rugged dome on the mountain range above the vineyards, Mount Bullet Merlot 2011 is the newest release of one of the most highly rated merlots in South Africa and one of the country’s finest red wines.

Debut of MCC sparkling “a milestone” for Kleine Zalze

Kleine Zalze Méthode Cap Classique Vintage Brut 2010; ZAR140

Released this week, Stellenbosch wine farm Kleine Zalze’s maiden Méthode Cap Classique is a classically styled sparkling wine made from selected vineyard parcels of chardonnay and pinot noir. Cellarmaster Johan Joubert says it is intense and rich, yet shows elegance and balance.

Bouchard Finlayson's individualistic Franco-Italian blend

Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal 2012; ZAR209 ex cellar

A stylish and unusual blend of French and Italian grape varieties – sangiovese and pinot noir, with nebbiolo, shiraz, barbera and mourvèdre – Hannibal 2012 is described by Bouchard Finlayson winemaker Peter Finlayson as very approachable at an early age with potential to mature handsomely over many years.

Organically grown sparkling from La Motte

La Motte Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2010; ZAR345.00

Luxuriously packed in a grey faux suede bag, La Motte’s limited-release Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2010 is a blush-coloured, Brut Natural-styled blend of 68% pinot noir and 32% chardonnay matured on the lees for 25 months before disgorging.

Delheim unveils latest wine duo and fresh new look

Delheim Family Range Shiraz 2012 & Unwooded Chardonnay 2013; ZAR103/77

The latest vintages of Sperling family owned Delheim Wine Estate’s popular Family Range Shiraz and unwooded Chardonnay appear under new elegant, cleaner and altogether more striking labels.

Latest Circumstance red trio from Waterkloof Estate

Circumstance Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah 2010; ZAR155

Conservation-minded Waterkloof Estate has released the 2010 vintage of its Circumstance Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, each vinified to “express the grape types from which they are made with purity and integrity and set a high benchmark”, according to winemaker Nadia Barnard.

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