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  1. 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 →
  2. Haute Cabriere - Part 3: A sustainable future

    Haute Cabriere - Part 3: A sustainable future
    Sustainability and Community Achim and Takuan von Arnim’s wine growing philosophy is set out on the sides of a sundial at the entrance to the Haute Cabriere Cellar: Sun Soil Vine Man. This represents their understanding that the elements of nature: sun and soil, work together with the vine to produce great wine, with man gently and respectfully orchestrating these elements as they create the eventual outcome and expression of the vintage. “Great wines are grown” summarises this perfectly. The three building blocks that form the foundation of Haute Cabriere are: family, focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and Franschhoek. Continue reading →
  3. Mont Rochelle Wines Now Available in the UK

    Mont Rochelle Wines Now Available in the UK
    Mont Rochelle in the French Quarter of Franschhoek is the newest addition to Virgin Limited Edition and was purchased by the Richard Branson company back in 2014. Since then the old farm has been transformed into a luxurious hotel, as well as investing heavily into the infrastructure of the wine farm. The vineyard is located in a perfect position within...
  4. New wines from Vierkoppen available now

    New wines from Vierkoppen available now
    When approached a few months back by Vierkoppen to see if we were interested in stocking their wines, there was a hint of trepidation. This is in no small part to the fact that the location of this vineyard in Robertson, South Africa, holds mixed feelings for me. If we were to rewind 10 years, Robertson was hardly considered as...
  5. Mellasat White Pinotage

    Mellasat White Pinotage
    Newly available to Hard to Find Wines is the full range of Mellasat wines including their unique White Pinotage. The Mellasat White Pinotage 2012 is produced using 100% Pinotage, with the red grapes whole bunch pressed immediately after picking, preventing the juice from obtaining colour from the skins. Continue reading →
  6. New Range of Luxembourg Wines

    New Range of Luxembourg Wines
    New to our portfolio of wines, comes this range from Domaines Vinsmoselle in Luxembourg. The current line up from Domaines Vinsmoselle includes a sparkling Cremant de Luxembourg, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Auxerrois, Gewurztraminer and finally a Pinot Noir. Continue reading →
  7. Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block 2012 @ £20.49

    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...
  8. Rabbit Ranch Wines Hop into our Wine Listings!

    The Rabbit Ranch in Central Otago NZ was once a sheep farm located in the high country, which had always suffered from rabbit infestations! Originally converted to vines at the turn of the last century, the Rabbit Ranch unfortunately fell into disrepair after World War Two, but luckily for us was re-planted and is now producing exceptional quality Pinot Noir...
  9. House of Krone Sparkling wines from Tulbagh

    New to our portfolio are House of Krone Borealis Brut and House of Krone Rose wines. From the Tulbagh region of South Africa, these wines are produced on the farm named Twee Jonge Gezellen at the foot of the Saron Peak mountain. Both of these Method Cap Classique wines are made using the classic blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir...
  10. Casa Emma Chianti Comes to Hard To Find Wines

    Our newest wines from Casa Emma in Tuscany have now arrived and are available to purchase online in the UK. On a recent trip to Italy, we were blown away with the quality of these Chianti Classico wines bearing the famous Rooster, as well as Casa Emma's Supertuscan named Soloio and their awesome Extra Virgin Olive Oil all produced on...

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