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Monthly Archives: October 2018

  • Cantine San Marzano

    The small village of San Marzano is situated in the centre of the Primitivo di Manduria DOC region of Italy. In 1962, 19 winemakers joined forces and founded Cantine San Marzano.

    San Marzano has expanded in subsequent years and has become one of the most popular, well-known wineries in Puglia.

    Grape varieties used in the production of San Marzano Wines include Sauvignon, Malvasia, Negroamaro, Chardonnay, Moscato, Verdeca and the region's own Primitivo grape.

    The turning point in the history of Cantine San Marzano came in 1996 when San Marzano opened their own bottling plant. This took the winery on a new path.

    Where they had previously produced wine used only for blending with wines from other areas of Italy and Europe, San Marzano could now produce and bottle wine under their own label.

    A bottle of San Marzano Edda with a village scene in the background

    San Marzano has grown a dedicated and extensive following. Explore the high-quality wines produced by San Marzano today to see why!

    Il Pumo IGT Salento Primitivo
    2017
    £9.99

    A bottle of Il Pumo Primitivo 2017

    Deep ruby red with violet reflections. Intense and wide on the nose, with red fruit notes. A full-bodied wine, fresh and balanced.

    Anniversario 62, Primitivo di Manduria Riserva
    2014
    £24.50

    A bottle of San Marzano Anniversario 62

    Deep and complex flavours of prunes, black cherry, spice and tobacco weave through the full-bodied palate with its velvety texture and long, savoury finish.

    Cinquanta Collezione NV
    £22.50

    A bottle of San Marzano Cinquanta Collezione NV

    A rich Primitivo, ruby red with purple reflections. An intense and complex bouquet with fruity notes and spicy hints that recall vanilla and liquorice. Intense on the palate, with great structure and smoothness, long finish.

    Salento Bianco Edda 2017
    £17.99

    A bottle of San Marzano Edda

    Straw yellow colour with golden reflections. Mellow citrus fruits and delicate vanilla floral notes fill the nose. Generous in its elegance, fresh, delicate and mineral, tropical white stone fruits give a smooth backbone.

  • Just in time for International Pinotage Day!

    Half case of South African Pinotage on offer!

    The 2nd Saturday every October celebrates South Africa's own grape varietal, Pinotage. Wineries producing Pinotage in SA mark the International Pinotage Day with events, promotions and wine tastings.

    The grape produces deep red wine with cherry, tobacco, liquorice and earthy flavours. Despite its reputation, good quality Pinotage should not smell of acetone! Carefully produced and aged, it should have aromas of red and dark fruit, graphite, coffee and chocolate.


    History of Pinotage

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    The varietal was created in 1925 by South African, Abraham Izak Perold. Perold was the first Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University. Attempting to combine the best qualities of Cinsault (called Hermitage in SA) and Pinot Noir, Perold's experiments resulted in a grape that was easy to grow but not necessarily easy to work with when creating great wines.

    Future of Pinotage

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    While the majority of Pinotage is produced in South Africa, the wine is experiencing a revival with winemakers around the globe taking up the challenge of creating a great Pinotage.

    The latest vineyard to experiment with this grape is Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens in Horsham, so within five years, we could be seeing an English Pinotage!


    Half Case of Pinotage now only £60!

    Half case of South African Pinotage

    We have selected 6 wines we believe best exemplify the unique Pinotage grape, from wineries in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Swartland and the far Northern Cape.

    For a short time, we are offering this half case at a 19% discount.


    Rickety Bridge
    Pinotage
    2016

    A bottle of Rickety Bridge Pinotage

    Usually £11.99

    A classic Pinotage with a velvety palate, well-integrated tannins and hints of smokiness and chocolate. A total of 12 months of barrel maturation.

    Orange River Cellars
    Pinotage
    2014

    A bottle of Orange River Cellars Pinotage

    Usually £6.99

    Deep red, earthy colouring. Fresh dark berry aromas on the nose. The palate layers raspberries, blackcurrant, nutmeg and a small amount of earthiness at the end.

    La Couronne
    Pinotage
    2016

    A bottle of La Couronne Pinotage

    Usually £11.99

    A rich full-bodied wine with an earthy aroma and dark fruits. The palate is smooth and succulent with touches of spice, brambles, dark cherry and blackcurrant. A classic Pinotage from the heart of Franschhoek.

    Swartland Winery
    Founder's Pinotage
    2016

    A bottle of Swartland Wineries Pinotage

    Usually £8.99

    An earthy Pinotage from the Swartland region of South Africa. A purple red colour in the glass. Brambly notes and deep red fruit on the palate. Bright red fruit, liquorice and spice on the nose.

    Lanzerac
    Pinotage
    2014

    A bottle of Lanzerac Pinotage

    Usually £14.99

    Full-bodied with plums and ripe dark fruits. Balanced oaking and a rounded mouth feel. Complex with good levels of tannin structure allowing for excellent ageing potential over the next 10 years.

    Groot Constantia
    Pinotage
    2016

    A bottle of Groot Constantia Pinotage

    Usually £18.49

    A traditional style of Pinotage. A deep purple, red colour. A rich juicy palate with earthy farmyard qualities and full dark fruits. This wine has good ageing potential.


    Don't delay! Make sure you purchase your case today at £60!

  • South African Sweet Wine Awards

    WineMag.co.za Launches Inaugural South African Sweet Wine Report

    South African Sweet Wines have been pitted against one another and an international contender in the inaugural WineMag.co.za Sweet Wine Report. The South African Wines proved their quality and according to the Report they "can stand alongside the same from anywhere in the world" with very good results.

    The inaugural Sweet Wine Report focused on wines in the categories of Natural Sweet, Noble Late Harvest, Straw Wine, Hanepoot and Muscadel.

    Wines were tasted blind by the panel of three with scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

    For more on the report, visit WineMag.co.za.

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    To see which of the award-winning Sweet Wines Hard to Find Wines has available, read on!

    NOBLE LATE HARVEST

    GlenWood
    Grand Duc Noblesse NV
    £19.99

    GlenWood Grand Duc Noblesse NV

    91 Points
    Stunning dessert wine produced from Semillon and a dash of Sauvignon Blanc, cosseted in oak for 3 years. Hedonistic yet superbly balanced with deep layers of kumquat, honey and fynbos.

    Buitenverwachting
    1769
    2015
    £17.99

    A bottle of Buitenverwachting 1769 2015

    93 Points
    Noble Late Harvest dessert wine produced by Buitenverwachting in Cape Town's Constantia Wine Route. Honey and apricot embrace a sweet sticky liquid with a lingering sugary aftertaste.


    STRAW WINE

    Orange River Cellars
    Straw Wine
    2014
    £9.99

    A bottle of Orange River Cellars Straw Wine

    91 Points
    The grapes for this wine were air dried for 3 weeks before crushing. Allowed to ferment in second fill 225-litre oak barrels. Amber colouration with white stone fruit and peach and just a gentle hint of spiced almonds.


    MUSCADEL

    Orange River Cellars
    Red Muscadel NV
    £9.99

    A bottle of Orange River Cellars Red Muscadel

    91 Points
    Orange-red colouration, a lighter style of fortified wine. Raisins and sultanas with a light fruity sweetness and just a hint of orange peel.

    Orange River Cellars
    White Muscadel NV
    £9.99

    A bottle of Orange River Cellars White Muscadel

    90 Points
    A deep golden hue, intense ripe fruit blossom and dried figs. Light and fresh with a balanced sweetness.

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