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  1. First XI Wines: Wines to Bowl You Over

    First XI Wines: Wines to Bowl You Over
    We took a trip recently to Rickety Bridge in Franschhoek, South Africa to meet Anya Grobler, the woman behind Infinity Wines. Anya introduced us to the First XI Wines and filled us in on the journey the team has taken in creating their wines. The story began in 2013. Four friends and legendary cricketing heroes, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers...
  2. Last Minute Easter Wine Offers

    Last Minute Easter Wine Offers
    Easter is nearly upon us! And with Easter comes not only copious amounts of chocolate, Easter bunnies and fluffy little chicks, but also time spent with family and friends over meals. Hard To Find Wines' Mark Davies has handpicked the wines listed below as the perfect accompaniments to your Easter meals. Please remember to order by 1pm on Wednesday 28 March to avoid disappointment in...
  3. Le Lude Part 1: Where Mathematics & Mystique Meet

    Le Lude Part 1: Where Mathematics & Mystique Meet
    Paul Gerber, winemaker at Le Lude, was teaching mathematics when he got married. “Within a few months of getting married, I convinced my wife to let me go and study oenology at Stellenbosch.” When he finished, he specialised in bottle-fermented sparkling wine and worked in Northern Italy, Champagne in France and Germany. On his return to South Africa he did...
  4. A Celebration of Haute Cabriere's Wines

    A Celebration of Haute Cabriere's Wines
    Book Now! We are really excited to be welcoming Haute Cabriere's cellar master, Takuan von Arnim to the UK this week. He will be hosting two events in celebration of Haute Cabriere's wonderful wines. Our London event is sold out, but there are still a few places at our food and wine pairing event this Saturday evening, to be held at our Shropshire...
  5. In Celebration of Champagne

    In Celebration of Champagne
    February, the month of romance and love, is in full swing. Valentine’s Day, chocolate and Champagne have been featured everywhere this month. In the world of wine however, Champagne is only one type of sparkling wine. It’s probably the best known but definitely not the only one. But great Champagne is most often less than affordable. There are however, many...
  6. Meet the Winemaker: Takuan von Arnim - March 2018

    Meet the Winemaker: Takuan von Arnim - March 2018
    You are invited to join Takuan von Arnim, Cellar Master of Haute Cabriere, for two exclusive evenings hosted by Hard To Find Wines in London and Shropshire in March 2018 Meet the Cellar Master: Thursday, 8 March at High Timber Restaurant in London, EC4V 3PA from 6.30pm. For more information and your FREE ticket, CLICK HERE. An Evening of Food and Wine with Haute Cabriere: Saturday...
  7. GlenWood: Bottling their 2017 Merlot

    GlenWood: Bottling their 2017 Merlot
    We had the privilege of observing the bottling of GlenWood's 2017 Merlot on Friday, 2 February 2018. What an exciting morning! Here are some photos of the process. [caption id="attachment_1183" align="alignleft" width="640"]A photo of Merlot being pumped from the tank Merlot being pumped from the tank to the bottling plant[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1188" align="alignleft" width="640"]A photo of the bottling trailer The wine is pumped to the bottling trailer[/caption] Continue reading →
  8. Stony Brook - the history and the wines

    Stony Brook - the history and the wines
    The Stony Brook story starts in the late 1980s when the McNaught family fell in love with Franschhoek and purchased a piece of land with a plan to create premium-quality wines reflecting the area and the styles of wine they most enjoyed. In 1995, the McNaughts sold their first farm and purchased an old fruit farm, now called Stony Brook. The McNaughts replanted the farm to vines and built a small cellar. Their focus was on Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Chardonnay and they began to produce the first wines under the Stony Brook label. By 2011, Craig McNaught joined his parents at Stony Brook and took over as winemaker. The farm is peaceful and quiet, tucked away in the bo-hoek region of Franschhoek. "It's a magic little area," said Craig when we caught up with him recently. Philosophy Stony Brook maintains an old world winemaking philosophy. "I think we're old world at heart, very much old world at heart, taking a lot of inspiration from specifically Spain and Italy in terms of winemaking. Our SA climate is much more like Spain or Southern Italy than France." "While our approach to winemaking is traditional, our outlook on planting and assemblage is an exploratory one, allowing us to find a unique way to express our soils, climate and remarkable site in Franschhoek. We take the best of what we can plant and we plant it. We handle all the grapes with a lot of respect. We're just trying to make age-worthy wines." Stony Brook's latest development has been the introduction of Tempranillo vines. The result is their critically-acclaimed wine, Ovidius, created with Tempranillo alone and a real delight to drink. [caption id="attachment_1173" align="alignleft" width="640"]A photo of the ghost gum tree at Stony Brook from which the Ghost Gum range takes its name The Ghost Gum at Stony Brook from where the Ghost Gum range takes its name[/caption] Wines Stony Brook produces a wide range of low volume wines. Their red wines are not very fruit driven, unlike what you would expect from many SA reds. This is largely due to the maturation process. Craig's winemaking style is more Italian, a little more rustic. All varieties spend at least 28 months in barrel but the oak is not there to add flavour. It purely adds structure. To maintain the character of the wine, sulphur is only added after a year. Continue reading →
  9. New Arrivals from Franschhoek!

    New Arrivals from Franschhoek!
    Our latest shipment of South African wines has arrived! We are excited to announce that, for the first time, outstanding quality wines from Stony Brook, Le Lude and Infinity Wines are available through Hard To Find Wines. We are also delighted to have received some gems from GlenWood including final stock of the Chardonnay Vigneron's Selection 2015. It's the last chance to buy this vintage so don't delay! STONY BROOK VINEYARDS An old world winemaking philosophy paired with an exploratory planting and assemblage strategy have allowed Stony Brook's winemaker, Craig McNaught to beautifully express the true terroir of their unique position in Franschhoek. Here are four of the wide range of small volume wines we have available from Stony Brook. For the full selection, click here. Continue reading →
  10. Iconic South African wines, a Christmas selection

    Iconic South African wines, a Christmas selection
    For lovers of South African wine, here are those iconic South African wines that should be on your Christmas list! Make sure to order by midday on Thursday, 21 December 2017 for delivery before Christmas day (for UK mainland deliveries excluding the north of Scotland). HAUTE CABRIERE Pierre Jourdan Brut NV Franschhoek This 40/60 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay blnd shows apple and lime crispness from...

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