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  1. The Fledge & Co Syrah

    Winemag.co.za 91 Points

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    This is Syrah grown on shale at a secret vineyard Leon has been watching for the last seven years. He added a small amount of Viognier from the neighbouring vineyard too. Hand harvested in the early hours of the morning, fermented in open top cement lagars then aged for nine months in French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    Again very French in style. The wine is ruby red and crystal clear. On the palate it is medium bodied with good mouthfeel. Some lovely red fruit flavours initially then there is a lift from the viognier toward the long finish. Perfect balance throughout. This is a classy wine, again not a blockbuster, but elegant and delicious.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £16.49
  2. The Fledge & Co Katvis Pinot Noir

    Tim Atkin 90 Points

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    A blend of 3 different clones of Pinot Noir from 3 different regions - Grabouw, Elgin and Karoo. All were hand harvested and cool fermented in cement lagars to retain the fruit before being matured for 9 months in old French oak hogsheads prior to blending. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    The wine is medium to light bodied. Very pure and elegant with delicate flavours and a lift on the finish from good acidity making it an ideal food wine. This is very French in style for a South African, not a big hitter. but very good wine for those wanting a lighter red.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  3. The Fledge & Co Vagabond

    Tim Atkin 93 Points

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    Leon says: "A proper barrel fermented & matured Cape White blend, encompassing vines from across the length and breadth of the Cape's winelands.  The current 2016 vintage is a combination of Steen, Chardonnay, Viognier, Verdelho & Grenache blanc - it's very food friendly & akin to Rhone white with a lot more refinement thanks to our cool climate Chardonnay, low alcohol & use of old French oak casks." 

    Gold in colour with wonderful clarity. Swirl it around to see the legs on the glass. Lovely flavours with peach and some citrus. Quite full body with a creamy mouthfeel. This is lovely wine. delicate for a South African, made in an elegant and classy style.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  4. The Fledge & Co Klipspringer

    Tim Atkin 92 Points

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    Part barrel fermented and matured on the lees to produce a complex wine with real ageing potential. Plale gold in colour with amazing clarity, some legs sticking to the glass. Lovely flavours, yet fairly delicate. Fine palate weight and a crisp cleansing natural acidity on the finish. This is very good wine, particularly suited to food such as grilled fish or chicken dishes. Be careful not to over chill it though. We chose not to use an ice bucket and let the wine relax a bit, and it just got better and better.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £15.95
  5. Jikken Bareru Sauvignon Blanc

    The Fledge & Co is the fabulous winemaking venture from Margaux Nel (younger daughter of Carel Nel and winemaker at the family winery, Boplaas) and her husband Leon Coetzee. They handcraft tiny quantities of different wines from specific vineyard sites all over the Cape winelands. Often using exciting "experimental" techniques like extended skin contact, whole bunch pressing etc. They travel 20,000km to hand harvest the grapes from 35 different vineyards.

    This Jikken Barreru (Japanese for "experimental barrels") Sauvignon is from two different sites, one at Simonsberg, the best site for Sauvignon in Stellenbosch, blended with wine from Elgin, well known as the best cool climate zone in SA due to it's altitude and location right above False Bay.

    Very pale, almost clear in the glass. It has an intense nose with typical big Sauvignon aromas. Then big fruit on the palate finishing absolutely bone dry. This is very good wine for the money.

    Please note for anybody with a full blown sulphite allergy, we gave it a medium low sulphite rating as Jane had a very mild reaction. The free sulphur has remained free as there are no impurities to bind with! It is fine for anybody without an allergy and is a good healthy wine which won't give you a hangover.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £11.50
  6. Santa Margherita Spumante Rosato VS Brut

    Santa Margherita tell me this wine is basically the same as their other rose spumante, although it is from a different cuvee/vintage. This one with the new presentation is set to replace the more traditional bottle.

    However the wines are different with this being a bit paler in a lighter fresher style, doubtless because the older one has a few months more bottle age. We tasted them back to back at Carlo's where they both went down very well. The quality of both is excellent, opt for this if you prefer the lighter style, opt for the other if you prefer more concentration of flavour. They are both worthy replacements for the limited edition "52" which has just about finished.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £14.95
  7. Incredulo D.O. Toro

    The latest vintage (2011) of Incredulo has arrived. They have already sold out of their junior wine "Asterisco" so have done me a deal on this for me to pass on to our customers. The previous vintage was £19.99 and great value at that - we are offering the 2011 at £15 while stocks last!

    This is a big powerful wine, natural and pure with great overall balance. Big flavours with some vanilla coming thrrough on the finish - fantastic! Get some whle you can.

    This is a tiny winery of "friends" who make just two wines so we are very lucky to have got hold of some of this again this year!

    Free sulphur: 10

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £15.00
  8. Santa Margherita Prosecco "P" DOC Extra Dry

    Santa Margherita Prosecco "P" D.O.C. is an excellent prosecco from one of the region's finest producers. A fine mousse, full of fruit with balanced acidity and a crisp dry finish. This is good quality wine at a great price.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £13.00
  9. Cave de Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Sans Soufre

    Concours Grand Vins de France Macon 2018 - Gold

    Guide Hachette 2019 - 2 Stars "Excellent"

    A good entry level Cotes Du Rhone without added sulphites. Great value.

    Sorry, sold out. Please try their AC Cairanne Sans Souffre as a great alternative.

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £10.99
  10. Ardalejos Bodega Vagal D.O.P Valtiendas

    Bodega Vagal Ardalejos is their top wine (of the two they produce). 100% Tempranillo from 28 year old vines at 935 metres, farmed biodynamically (pending certification) , hand picked and fermented with the grapes' own yeast before being aged in French oak for 16 months. 

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £24.95
  11. Cuvee Joana Bodega Vagal D.O.P Valtiendas

    Bodega Vagal is a tiny artisan winery practising biodynamic methods (pending certification) roughly midway between Madrid and Logrono at altitude. They only make two wines and this Cuvee Joana is excellent. In fact I'd go further and say definitely try a bottle as it is something special. Beautifully made with power, grace and purity.

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £16.50
  12. Malcaracter Valtonar D.O. Ribera del Duero

    Like all wines from Valtonar this Malcaracter is a natural wine, farmed organically. The grapes are hand harvested and fermented with their own yeast. The wine is bottled unfiltered

    Malcaractere is a collaboration between Valtonar and their marketing agent, and is some of Valtonar's best Tempranillo aged in oak for 12 months, released under it's own label for this joint venture. Excellent wine as always, very natural and very low in sulphites.

    Free sulphur: 16

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £13.99
  13. Grangehurst Daylea Red Blend

    90 Points Winemag.co.za

    Grangehurst Daylea red blend 2007 - is a recent release for Jeremy for "everyday drinking". I don't know any other artisan winemaker ageing a wine for nearly ten years before release. It is typical of his style, big opulent, super smooth and thoroughly delicious.

    Presentation is not good but the wine itself is superb and fantastic value.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99
  14. Franciacorta Ca del Bosco Prestige Cuvee Brut DOCG

    Gambero Rosso - Due Bicchieri

    Ca del Bosco Franciacorta Prestige Cuvee Brut is a spectacular sparkling wine, one of Italy's best, and in my opinion far better than many Champagnes double the price!

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £29.99
  15. Tampesta Roble D.O Tierra de Leon

    This artisan Tampesta Prieto Picudo Roble is from the DO Tierra de Leon in North Western Spain. It is a beauty. Not big and powerful, more subtle, soft and smooth with great overall balance. We focus heavily on natural wines that are easy to drink, harmonising with the body and this is one of our best finds this year. The wine is made by expert Galician winemaker Luis Buitrón, vice-president of the Spanish Federation of Winemakers and president of the Association of Oenologists of Galicia. Highly recommended.


    Free sulphur: <20mg/l

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £11.99
  16. Anadigna Albarino D.O Rias Baixas

    Bodegas de Galicia - Gold 2017, 91 Points by the Penin Guide

    A true artisan Albarino from this tiny family winery. Very natural and pure. Delicate and elegant, yet quite full bodied. Highly recommended.


    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £13.99
  17. Torresella Spumante Rosato Brut

    Torresella winery is part of the Santa Margherita group and makes some good cheap wines for everyday drinking. This sparkling rose is really good. Plenty of flavour and a fine mousse, well balanced with a hint of sweetness before finishing dry. This is a good party wine or as an aperitif.

    We have given it a medium sulphite rating and advise anybody with a sulphite allergy to avoid it. That's not because it's overly high in sulphites, it is a much cleaner better wine than any sparkling wines you will find in the mainstream supermarkets, but by our standards it is produced on a large scale and we don't want our regular customers to mistake it for one of our super low sulphite artisan wines.

    We are listing it because it's good value for money. If you particularly want a low sulphite sparkling wine upgrade to the Santa Margherita sparkling roses for a few pounds more.

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £10.99

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