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Featured wine for Spring Day

Featured wine for Spring Day – Lomond Estate White Blend 2010.

The palate is full-bodied with lots of minerality, a flinty edge and good fresh acidity resulting in fantastic maturation potential.
Starting to reveal some secondary Sauvignon characteristics of orange peel and bruised apple. Excellent on its own or served with crisp green salads, freshly grilled seafood or chicken.

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Dear wine lover

Continuing with our 30th anniversary celebrations, we have selected 30 wines that the Vinotèque team is proud to endorse – we hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed tasting and selecting them.

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Featured wine – Le Bonheur

Our featured wine of the day, is the Le Bonheur Prima Blend 2006.

Colour – Intense ruby.

Nose – Prominent plum with blackcurrant and tobacco in the background.

Palate – Soft velvet and well rounded with plum and cherry fruit integrated with oak.

The winemaker recommends enjoying this wine on its own or with a serving of any red meat. Casseroles, poultry, game, seafood and pasta come to mind.

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The History of Die Bergkelder

The land was originally purchased by the famous entrepreneur, Dr Anton Rupert and together with Alfred Baumgartner, a legend was born. When it came to building the wine cellar, they decided to follow the concept behind the famous cave cellars in France and Germany. Die Bergkelder, a unique underground wine cellar, was designed to keep wine at a constant ideal temperature, even in the fiercest African heat.

After a few years, it became apparent that there was a need for more grapes to produce larger quantities of wine. In order to process these grapes, Die Bergkelder needed its own pressing cellar. Finally, in 1973 a pressing cellar was introduced and partnerships with other top wine estates were established. Through the 1970s and 1980s Die Bergkelder distinguished itself as an important innovator in the wine industry, persuading wine growers to introduce classic, noble varieties in their vineyards. Die Bergkelder also played a pivotal role in the use of small French oak barrels for wine maturation.

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Today’s featured cultivar- Touriga Nacional.

Touriga Nacional is a variety of red wine grape, considered by many to be Portugal’s finest. Despite the low yields from its small grapes, it plays a big part in the blends used for ports, and is increasingly being used for table wine in the Douro and Dão. Touriga Nacional provides structure and body to wine, with high tannins and concentrated flavors of black fruit. Jancis Robinson has compared its relationship with Touriga Francesa to the partnership between Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the former providing structure, the latter filling out the bouquet.

A great example is the Allesverloren Touriga Nacional.
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Lomond Estate Syrah 2005

Featured wine of the day: Lomond Syrah 2005.

Deep ruby red.  Notes of white pepper with hints of wood spice and berry follow through on the palate.  A beautifully integrated and elegant wine with supple, soft tannins.

Robust slow cooked casseroles, Lamb Neck or Oxtail potjie, or a Pepper Steak.

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Fine Brandy

Fine Brandy recommendation for the weekend: Try the Uitkyk 10 YO Grand reserve.

Estelle Lourens, winemaker at the estate, describes the result as a rare, exceptional brandy of high complexity with an ideal wood balance and an alcohol level of 38% volume. On the palate it displays a potpourri of flavours including fruit, vanilla, cloves and other spices.

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