Corlien’s Curated Case – May 2022


The month of May signals the first real cold weather setting in. We are still blessed with some beautiful sunny days in Africa, so a chilled bottle of white is not out of the question yet.

Our mixed case will always offer the following:
Something new – we’ll include lesser known varieties and/or lesser known producers
Something not too expensive – for that mid week glass or two
Something a little special – that bottle waiting in the rack for a special evening
Surprise us – Did you know? kind of wines

This month the case includes one bottle of each of the following:

Benguela Cove Malbec 2019
We have noticed an increase in demand for quality Malbec in South Africa, so we set out to find the best for you. The variety originated in France, but it’s probably better known as a single bottling from Argentina.
This one shows typical deep dense colour and flavours of fynbos, pencil shavings, fennel and maraschino cherries, ending in tight dry fine tannin as one would expect from Malbec.

Lelie Van Saron Jade Red 2020
Something new from Natasha Williams, The Jade Red is a blend of Syrah and Petite Syrah with grapes sourced from the Upper Hemel & Aarde Valley. A wine with so many layers of flavour in harmony with each other. Dense berries with lots of spice, tea leaf and red roses. A full bodied wine with supple juicy tannins.
Did you know? Petite Sirah is also known as Durif and it’s important to note that it is not a little brother of Syrah. It is however a cross between Syrah and Peloursin. It usually has high tannins and acidity with lots of pepper and spice flavours. Not often bottled on its own, but a great blending partner. Just don’t confuse it with Syrah.

Thorne & Daughters Copper Pot Pinot Noir 2021
Pinot Noir is not often your any day of the week kind of drink, but this is the perfect introduction to the variety at a attractive price point. One of our most popular lighter wines as it is friendly, yet showing true Pinot character. What we call a no brainer!

Painted Wolf Teardrop Viognier 2020
Winter calls for a good curry or hearty soup and Viognier is a perfect match for something a little spicy. Grapes for this one is sourced from Breedekloof and barrel fermented. Upfront aromatics of peach and spice, with a tight dry finish. It’s voluptuous, yet seamlessly fresh.

Badenhorst Papegaai White 2021
Our best selling easy white for the last 12 months and we are sharing the last bit with you. It was not repeated in 2022, so you’ll have to watch out for the new Papegaai to hit our shelves soon. This is a blend of Palomino and Chenin Blanc and overdelivers on expectation every time. Crack one open on one of those sunny winter’s braai days!

Rietvallei Red Muscadel 2018
When the true winter chill sets in, the sun sets and the kaggel is lit, it’s time for a little glass of something sweet to warm the body. The maiden vintage of this wine is 1975, the first wine ever made by Rietvallei in Robertson. This fortified wine shows typical raisin and spice notes with a smooth sweet, yet balanced mouthfeel. Just delicious to be comforted by something your grandparents probably used to drink copious amounts of.

Additional Information

AA Badenhorst, Lelie van Saron, Rietvallei, Thorne & Daughters