Double Tasting: S. Africa/France/Spain

06 Jun Double Tasting: S. Africa/France/Spain

Saturday, June 8
12 to 4 pm
In our Event Space

Join us as we welcome TWO special guests for Saturday’s tasting extravaganza! Chris Boustred, owner/winemaker of Remhoogte Vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa will sample a series of incredible wines showcasing the potential of this stellar region that is growing in popularity. And at table two, our good friend and favorite Importer Craig Baker will be pouring a selection of gorgeous wines from Spain and France!

Table 1: Chris Boustred of Remhoogte

2018 Remhoogte Chenin Blanc “First Light”
On Sale $12.99
Light gold colour. Aromas of fresh peaches and apricots are livened by tropical notes of oranges and limes. The palate is full and limey with a creamy acidity and a light spice, giving a lengthy finish. This wine will gain complexity for up to 5 years, so drink some now and if you can, cellar some for later.
Winery Notes

2017 Remhoogte Chenin Blanc Reserve “Honeybunch”
On Sale $23.99
The 2017 Honeybunch Chenin Blanc was aged for 12 months in 225-liter French oak barrels, 20% new. It has a rich bouquet of honey and apricot, perhaps lacking some definition but clean and pure. The palate is well balanced with a slightly waxy texture, offering pretty white peach and light peach notes and a touch of spice toward the finish. This is a thoroughly enjoyable, commercially savvy Chenin Blanc.
89 Points, Vinous

2015 Remhoogte Red Blend “Soaring Eagle”
On Sale $13.99
This wine is a blend of 39% Merlot, 33% Shiraz and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep garnet colour. Aromas of red cherries, black currant, fynbos and white pepper. Berries, cherries and fresh vanilla on entry. Elegant, balanced mouth feel with a savoury finish, lengthened by chalky tannins.
Winery Notes

2016 Remhoogte Pinotage “Vantage”
On Sale $20.99
This is brimming with crushed dark plum and blackberry fruit, liberally infused with black tea, anise and warm fruitcake notes. Shows good brambly grip through the finish, with a light dusting of cocoa. Very solid. Needs just a touch of cellaring to fully round into form. Best from 2019 through 2022. 800 cases made, 300 cases imported.
91 Points, The Wine Spectator

2015 Remhoogte Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon “Sir Thomas Cullinan”
On Sale $37.99
The 2017 Honeybunch Chenin Blanc was aged for 12 months in 225-liter French oak barrels, 20% new. It has a rich bouquet of honey and apricot, perhaps lacking some definition but clean and pure. The palate is well balanced with a slightly waxy texture, offering pretty white peach and light peach notes and a touch of spice toward the finish. This is a thoroughly enjoyable, commercially savvy Chenin Blanc.
Winery Notes

2016 Remhoogte Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
On Sale $52.99
Cassis, white pepper and cedar over berried fruit notes of mulberries and black current. The entry is full, polished and broad with a light tannic grip giving a savoury and lengthy finish. 4 Barrels made!
Winery notes

Table 2: Craig Baker of Misa Imports

2018 Chateau Guiot Costieres de Nimes Rose
On Sale $10.99
Restrained crisp yellow peach and red cherry aromas build on the palate of this dry, very pale-pink rosé. Full bodied yet freshly balanced, it’s juicy and intensely peachy, with a delightfully textured cling and a clean, minerally finish.
The Wine Enthusiast

2017 Guillaume Gonnet Rosé “La Nymphe,” Tavel AOP
On Sale $12.99
This deeply pitched rose shows a delish nose with loads of ripe raspberry, cherry and blood orange and added complexity from a spice note that builds in the glass. Slightly tannic and concentrated but with great freshness and acidity. Palate-staining red fruit and fresh herbs. Shows real power and red fruit-driven character on the finish, which really hangs on. I’d look at this big, textbook Tavel more as a light red wine than a pink wine and serve it accordingly, with full-flavored, earthy foods, even alongside braised red meat dishes.
Merch Notes

2016 Bernabe Navarro Monastrell/Garnacha “Beryna,” Alicante D.O.
On Sale $14.99
The flagship red 2016 Beryna is now a blend of Monastrell with 30% Garnacha, a Mediterranean blend of older and younger vines and different soils that fermented separately in stainless steel with natural yeasts and aged in barrique for ten months, during which time it was racked four times, blended in the third racking. This is the more mainstream of the reds, with some Monastrell rusticity, hint of tree bark and esparto grass and also an herbal twist. The palate is medium-bodied, with very tasty flavor and fine-grained tannins. It’s a serious, somehow austere Mediterranean red.
92 points, The Wine Advocate

2016 Chateau Guiot “Paulinette,” Costières de Nîmes AOP
On Sale $17.99
A blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Syrah, the 2016 Costieres de Nimes Chateau Guiot Paulinette is a lovely, silky wine. Garrigue and plum notes mark the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate flows easily, delivering mixed berries, herbs and a long, mouthwatering finish.
90 Points, The Wine Advocate

2016 Guillaume Gonnet Cotes du Rhone “Le Reveur”
On Sale $9.99
This blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah is just beautiful, with creme de cassis, cherries, and a hint of licorice on the palate leading to a peppery, spicy finish.
Merch Notes

2016 Guillaume Gonnet Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve “Hommage a Maryline”
On Sale $54.99
A blend of 55% Grenache, 35% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Maryline comes from a small parcel in la Crau. Fermented in oak and aged in foudre, it hints at cedar, vanilla and espresso, but it also offers plenty of ripe, dark fruit to balance out any oak. Full-bodied and plush, it delivers layers of rich mocha goodness, underscored by a long, long finish. Just give it a couple of years in the cellar before pulling a cork.
95 Points, The Wine Advocate

2016 Virgen de la Sierra “OGV” Old Vines Garnacha, Calatayud
On Sale $9.99
Enveloping nose of blue fruit and impressive concentration on the palate of this expressive garnacha. Lovely, creamy texture, in spite of a healthy dose of tannin, the long finish leaves you in no doubt. Drink or hold.
93 Points James Suckling