Two Chateauneuf du Pape`s of serious note have arrived, namely, Domaine de Cristia and Chapelle St.Theodoric. Both are managed by Baptiste Grangeon and both focus on the Grenache grape, grown in clay/sandy terroir with the St.Theodoric`s premium cuvees coming almost exclusively from light, sandy soils similar to Chateau Rayas ,which happens to be their neighbour.
The average age of the vines are 50 years with the St.Theodoric`s Grenache between 80 and 100 years-old. These are concentrated wines, showing finesse and an almost Burgundian elegance. Quantities are small (eg. Only 250 cases of Dm. de Cristia Vieille Vigne Chateauneuf produced).
This is Southern-Rhone at it`s best! Grenache at its best!
Well, we never had a chance to unpack the Paul Sauer 2017 as it walked out quicker than what we could have imagined. (We have small quantities left but are trying to secure a little more) Yet still available is the 2015 Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon. Plush, full and flavourful it glides down very easily but this 5 year-old is still very much in its primary stage. But just wait a few years and the complex aromas and flavours will start developing. A seriously good buy at R450.
We will be receiving new releases of Crystallum, Alheit, Sadie Family, Rall and more once we are told we may start drinking again. Please send me your wish-lists but I have to be fair and make sure that the restaurants which support us are allocated their share and that our long-standing customers get the same. This takes time to sort out but I will do my best to fulfil your request.
Sauvignon Blanc still remains our biggest seller so for all you Sauvignon fans how about this – Cape of Good Hope Altima 2017 Sauvignon Blanc harvested in Elandskloof for only R65. The acids have softened and the palate is starting to mellow and everything is tasting much better than when the wine was released. (I have quite a few cases of 2013 maturing in my cellar but these are not for sale at this stage.) Order now