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Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • HTFW @ The Three Wine Men Manchester tasting event

    Last weekend saw us showing off our wines at the Manchester leg of the three wine men tour. Oz Clark, Olly Smith and Tim Atkin are on hand all weekend to pose for the odd photo, but more importantly give advice and tasting tips on all of the wines on show.

    From our corner of the tasting room, we had brought along a varied selection of wines, starting with magnums of Pierre Jourdan Brut from the Haute Cabriere Estate in Franschhoek, with imbibers enjoying the fine tingly bubbles and also the chance to win a bottle in our prize draw.

    The selection of whites included a particularly fruity Riesling from wine maker Mark Davidson at Tamburlaine, our all time bestseller Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir and the beautifully grassy Bladen Sauvignon Blanc from Dave and Christine Macdonald in Marlborough. To finish off the whites, a new wine in our portfolio from just North of Sancerre, Domaine de Villargeau, 100% Sauvignon Blanc and with all the beautifully subtle characteristics of nettles and freshly mown lawn.

    For the red drinkers we started with an easy drinking Trapiche Malbec fom Argentina, followed up by a rich smoky number from Glenwood in their Shiraz 2007 which has aged superbly. Porters Pinot Noir represented New Zealand, a more old world style Pinot from Martinborough showcasing there is more than just Central Otago for NZ Pinots. Then with the added interest of using our Vinturi Wine Aerator was the Casa Emma Chianti Classico 2011 which although drinking nicely without, was transformed when the flavours and aromas were opened up by the aerator.

    And for those with a sweet tooth, De Leuwen Jagt Red Muscadel rich in raisin and current flavours and a De Krans Tawny to end on with its huge array of international awards behind it.

    For those who missed the show, a selection of the wines we tasted can be found here , or if you are in London on the 7th or 8th of December there are still tickets available via the three wine men website for the final event of the year which we will also be attending!

  • De Krans Award Winning Wines!

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    De Krans Wine Cellar, situated in Calitzdorp, has received a 5 star rating for its Cape Vintage Reserve 2011 in the latest edition of the authoritative and internationally recognized 2014 Platter's South African Wine Guide, due for release this month. This is the ninth consecutive year that De Krans has been awarded a 5 star rating for its award-winning fortified wines, reaffirming their position as one of the fortified leaders in the industry. A total of 7 434 wines were judged by a panel of esteemed judges who selected 80 wines for the prestigious 5 star rating.


    Other fortified wines within the De Krans portfolio also did extremely well in the same guide with the De Krans Cape Vintage 2012, Cape Tawny Port and White Muscadel 2013 each receiving 4½ stars. De Krans’ latest flagship red wine, the Tritonia 2011, Touriga Nacional 2012, Cape Ruby and Reserve Muscat 2011 each received an impressive 4 stars, with the Garden Route Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (also produced by De Krans) also receiving 4 stars.

    The De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 2011 is produced in the traditional style using the Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barocca and Tinta Roriz port cultivars. This rich full bodied fortified wine has excellent maturation potential, similar to the De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve 1993 which was sold at this year’s Nederburg Auction for a record price of R7 000 (£500) for six bottles. Winemaker and co-owner Boets Nel describes this flagship offering as having a vibrant plum colour, with dense aromas of prune, spice and tobacco.  A fleshy, chewy mouthful of flavours, showing tannic grip, concentrated red fruit nuances, and a firm structure ensuring considerable longevity. Savour this premium fortified wine on its own, or serve with stronger cheeses.

  • Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block 2012 @ £20.49

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    Over the past few months we have been busy extending our range of wines, with new additions from New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

    One of the new limited addition wines of incredible fame is The Chocolate Block produced at the Boekenhoutskloof Estate in Franschhoek. With only around 1700 barrels produced of this wine each year, it inevitably becomes in very short supply towards the end of each vintage.

    As the name suggests, The Chocolate Block ouzes flavours of Mocha and Chocolate, along with succulent blackberries and hints of spice. The blend of 5 different grape varieties is made up of predominantly Syrah making this a smooth full bodied wine with full mouth feel and an explosion of rich flavours.

    Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2007 is available to buy here at £20.49 per bottle, and as always at Hard to Find Wines your order can be made up of any mix and quantities of wines, so pop a bottle in your basket and give it a whirl!

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