This Week's Featured Wines 

 

Choose either a Flight which includes four-2-ounce samples $14/Flight

Or Choose By the Glass or the Bottle ($10 cork fee added) 

Essay White Blend Western Cape South Africa 2023           $10.00/   $18.99

Essay Red Blend Western Cape South Africa 2022                 $10.00 / $19.99

Hoopenburg Wine Estate "Guru" Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch South Africa 2023          $11.00/ $19.99

Hoopenburg Wine Estate "Guru" Pinotage Stellenbosch South Africa 2021          $11.00 / $19.99

Essay White Blend Western Cape South Africa 2023

50% Grüner Veltliner, 40%57% Chenin Blanc (Steen), 25% Viognier, 18% Roussanne.  Pale lemon color, dd   complex nose with aromas of citrus, apricot, white peach, apple, hints of honeysuckle, wheat germ-chamomile. Continuing to the palate, additional flavors of lemon-lime, wet stone, and tropical fruit cup. This is a dry but fruity wine, with medium-plus acidity, medium body and medium flavor intensity. It has a slight oily texture with a bit of sur lees-toast like , medium-plus finish.

Region:  Western Cape is a province in South Africa which produces both bulk and premium wines. It is between 32–35° which is comparable to California in the Northern Hemisphere. It experiences a warm Mediterranean climate (generalizations are dangerous). Ther region is influenced by a northern flowing current, called the Bengula, which flows on the western side of South Africa bringing cold water which pushes the air above it.  The Cape Doctor is a south easterly wind that, during spring and summer and is temperature moderator between the cold ocean and the heat over the land, and regularly causes coastal fog and cooling breezes. This makes for easy dry farming situations.

The district of Paarl is north of Stellenbosch. Slightly warmer and higher rain of 800-900mm. The Berg River flows through which can provide irrigation when required. Fruit here is a bit riper and fuller bodied. Increasingly top quality wines are produced here: Chenin Blanc, Cab Sauv, Shiraz, Pinotage.  We grow grapes in the Agter-Paarl (“behind Paarl”) region, where vineyards span over scenic rolling hills. The area has perfect Mediterranean conditions of cold, wet winters and long, dry summers. The vineyards are grown sustainably and predominantly dry-farmed, which yields fruit with an intensity of flavor.

History:   South Africa has an interesting national anthem—one which seamlessly weaves the words of four distinct languages (there are 11 national languages!) into a beautiful uninterrupted melody. “Essay” refers to the popular abbreviation for South Africa (SA) as well as implying an “assemblage” or blending of things to create a whole greater than its parts. Produced by partners José Conde (of MAN Family Wines) and Tyrrel Myburgh, Essay Wines and Riaan Moller, head winemaker, consists of two blended wines produced in a Mediterranean style representing the best from the Agter-Paarl area.   Essay is a play on words—“SA” being the abbreviation for South Africa.- Essay is a spin off brand from the parent company, MAN Family Wines.

MAN Family Wines was created in 2001 by Tyrell Myburgh and Jose Conde as co-founders. The goal was not that they were looking for rockstar wines that cost a fortune. Instead, high standards for everyday wine to enjoy with people in the industry (so they had to be interesting for geeks too). No fancy cellar. Tyrell did most of the early negotiating with vineyard managers. Jose had a strong American accent and they thought may not have been best suited for convincing farmers that they were deserving of grapes. The MAN project became a collaboration of grape growers and today they are shareholders in the company.

Weingut Köster-Wolf Scheurebe Trocken Rheinhessen Germany 2022

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Region:  Stellenbosch is the second oldest wine region after Constantia, with a reputation for high quality wines. Climate contribution includes the cooler mountain tops, varied soil types, and breezes off False Bay that moderate summer temperatures. Soil is predominantly granite and shale; Rainfall is between 600-900 with a warm climate. Growers reduce their yields to encourage a higher quality.  

The Simonsberg Ward is on the southwest side of Simonsberg. Slightly warmer than sites closer to False Bay. The Stellenbosch Mountain and Heidelberg Mt are relatively open to the ocean (cool Cape Doctor breezes). Pinotage and Cab blends grow on warmer sites.

About the Producer:​ ​Established in 1992 by the Schmitz family, located in the Simonsberg wine Ward of Stellenbosch. It is the only estate in the country where bush vines form 100% of the vineyards. Only quality juice is extracted, all hand-picked fruit yields about 6 tons per hectare. They produce a range of quality wine from top-end integer label, Hoopenburg estate range, and the easy drinking Guru wines.    

Wines style is partly influenced by the weaker rand which resultants in the need to use less new oak.  Serendipitously, the more fruit-driven style works well in Hoopenburg's newer markets such as Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe, and Asia, says GM Anton Beukes, who is delighted to be growing the business in very difficult times.



 
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Pratsch Zweigelt Niederosterreich Austria 2021 

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History: Pra 

Karl Josef QbA Piesporter Riesling Mosel Germany 2021 

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Region:   Mosel, P 

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