Let's DrinkOur Wine List
My wise wine friend Ingrid Motteux very kindly compiled this little gem of a list.
Ingrid brings out all her little treasures – some well known and others awaiting the glory of you discovering them. In my view her acumen is of the most distinguished order in a world often mired in quaff.
My sentiment is borne out in her impeccable credentials as well as the esteem in which her compatriots hold her, indicative thereof is her outstanding contribution in judging for the Platter Wine Guide and London International Wine Challenge:
We’ve invested in ‘Le Verre de Vin’ wine preservation technology in order to allow us to serve you a quarter of a better glass (187ml) at a quarter of the bottle price. Bubbly poured and priced at a fifth of a bottle.
A convenient and versatile, no fuss way to broaden and explore pairing options without the burden of the bottle. Per glass servings are denoted by the preceeding price point on the applicable listing.
A lot of effort has gone into our list. You’ll notice the absence of the ‘usual suspects’, because this is an independent list uncaptured by large wine conglomerates who routinely seek large and compromising listing segments. All the farms represented here are driven by winemakers who are passionate and uncompromising about their craft (they are typified by having soil under their fingernails!) Most of whom have also resisted the supermarket chains who exert enormous pressure on their bottom lines which often lends to compromised production inputs.
We offer them with unwavering pride.
Taittinger Brut Réserve N.V.2730One of the few large, independently-owned Champagne houses, Taittinger Brut Réserve is a particularly creamy, elegant blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from some of the best vineyards in the Champagne region of Reims
Weltevrede Philip Jonker ‘Enthios’ Brut M.C.C.86 / 489Almost equal blend of chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Weltevrede (‘well satisfied’) farm in the Robertson Valley. Grapes are picked riper to capture richness and attractive fruitiness on popping the cork right now
Charles Fox Reserve Brut N.V610Elgin bubbly specialist, Charles Fox uses pinots meunier and noir, blended with a quarter chardonnay for his effervescent non-vintage bottling. More than 36 months sur lie ensures added brioche complexity and a mouthfeel complement that amply exudes the generous, honeyed red apple flavours.
Hout Bay Vineyards ‘Klassiek’648Catherine’s vineyards can be seen along the mountainside coming into ‘Hout Bay’, where she grows traditional Champagne varieties Pinots Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay. Taste it and see why this valley is becoming well-known for its fine bubbles.
High Constantia ‘Clos André’1715We were fortunate indeed to be able to secure a few bottles of David van Niekerk’s sought-after, elegant & stylish Clos André from his tiny artisanal cellar in a corner of the prime vineyards of Constantia
Genevieve Rosé Brut Cap Classique N.V133/665Melissa Genevieve Nelsen’s bubblies are described as serious yet playful. Interestingly, her Cap Classique pink is made not from traditional pinot but instead from syrah sourced from the cool Bot river region. Pomegranate and spice make for a particularly more-ish mouthful.
Silvermist Sauvignon Blanc (organic)95 / 382Local valley winery Silvermist’s vineyards are certified organic, with ducks, roosters and wild animals from the adjacent Table Mountain National Park roaming freely. Smartly crafted, fresh and minerally, effortlessly paired with our loin of Kingklip
Klein Constantia Estate ‘Metis’ Sauvignon Blanc795Klein Constantia is known for its classic expression of this variety, where vines enjoy fresh breezes from the oceans on either side of the narrow Cape peninsula. Top-drawer Metis is made in collaboration with their French consultant, Pascal Jolivet
Cape Point Vineyards ‘Noordhoek’ Sauvignon Blanc437Cape Point Vineyard’s hilly sea-facing ‘Noordhoek’ vines are buffeted in the cooling winds blowing in from the southern ocean during the warm summer. You can almost taste the sea in this refreshing, almost steely Sauvignon, with its vibrant acidity and lingering gooseberry flavours
Fledge & Co Fumé Blanc342The Fledge & Company do things differently by sourcing their grapes from far-flung Langkloof and Outeniqua to make a characterful, rather refined and almost stony wine, aged in older oak barrels
Strandveld ‘Pofadderbos’ Sngl. V/yard Sauvignon Blanc563The ‘Strandveld’ winery is named after endangered Cape coastal vegetation which envelops it. The puff adder bush single vineyard Sauvignon is the perfect expression of the stony soils of the Agulhas plains, exhibiting racy acidity and flinty freshness.
Constantia Royale Sauvignon Blanc110 /333Small-production sauvignon blended from fruit from both east and west-facing slopes of prime (but very different) viticultural soils, with a semillon component to add breadth to its zippy herbaceous flavours. The adage ‘sauvignon vines should see the ocean’ holds here, with spectacular vineyard views over False Bay.
Ghost Corner Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc639From windswept Cape Agulhas, at the southernmost tip of Africa, comes Cederberg’s winemaker’s rendition of cool-grown Sauvignon. Persistent grapefruit and lime flavours tightly bound by steely minerality, able to cut through any creamy sauce
Botanica ‘Mary Delaney’ Chenin Blanc1330Ginny Povall left New York corporate life to settle here. She sources her fruit for this sublime, finely crafted Chenin from a remote mountainous area, to make a deftly oaked, clean and crisp S.A. icon. Creamy texture lends itself to a variety of rich dishes
Blackwater Wines ‘The Underdog’ Chenin Blanc322Francois Haasbroek searches for tiny pockets of outstanding vineyards, whose grapes disappear into commercial batches. His light but characterful wine style is rarely paralleled. Unoaked with ripe quince and pear, well controlled by firm acidity
MAN Family Wines Free-Run ‘Steen’ Chenin Blanc64 / 253Winsome wine made from low-yielding dry land bushvines in the fashionable Paardeberg region. Enjoy with vegetable or prawn curry dishes, fish, salads, citrus flavoured foods or our craft cheese selection
Beaumont Chenin Blanc94 / 375The Beaumont family bought the farm ‘Companjesdrift’, originally established by the Dutch East India Company in Bot River in the early 1970s. They are specialist artisanal makers of this noble Loire variety. Winemaker (and viticulturist) Sebastian claims it’s ‘Dry, fresh and delicious’
Tierhoek Chenin Blanc455Cape Leopards still roam this high-altitude, 50-year old ‘Piekenierskloof’ vineyard, which bares outstanding organicallyfarmed Chenin. While aiming for freshness and purity of fruit, vinification also includes maturation in barrel to add fullness and complexity. Delicious with our Hout Bay ‘Bouillabaise’ inspired seafood stew
Eikendal ‘Janina’ Unwooded Chardonnay385‘Janina’ is produced from five different chardonnay clones grown in Stellenbosch and Elgin. Partially fermented and aged in concrete ‘eggs’, it shows wonderful vibrancy and length. All-round food partner
Crystallum ‘The Agnes’ Chardonnay990Named after winemaker Peter-Allan Finlayson’s great-grandmother, who was shipped off to South Africa at the tender age of 14. The multi-vineyard blend is made to reflect the resilience and strength of Agnes, with each vineyard forming a building block to form this larger than life wine. White peach, fresh lime and lemon preserve lead into a beautifully textured, fresh and creamy palate
Julien Schaal Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay115 / 460French winemaker, Julien makes his refined pair of wines at Paul Cluver. A soil-derived gravelly minerality and racy acidity adds to the classic length and complexity of this stylish, world-class Chardonnay
Constantia ‘Uitsig’ Unwooded Chardonnay71 / 286Delicate birds now adorn the newly fashioned labels since this farm changed hands. A fresh, zippy wine with pronounced pear and orange zest aromas, unhindered by oak. Well-rounded stone fruit flavours and hints of almond precede a soft finish
Callender Peak Chardonnay695Burgundian Chardonnay ‘stokkies’ smuggled in the early 80s by rebel winemakers were planted (ungrafted) by farmer Donald MacDonald, on the recommendation of NC Krone, who was convinced that this high-altitude (950m) rocky Ceres plateau soil would be perfect for convincing Chablis-styled wines. Giant rockstar winemaker Donovan Rall uses these conditions to create a lightly oaked, classy wine of incredible purity, freshness and focus.
White Blends and Other Varietals
Joostenberg Estate ‘Fairhead’ White Blend542Captivating & richly complex small-batch organic blend of Chenin, Roussanne, Viognier with a dash of Albariño from Tyrrel Myburgh. Named after this flower farm’s matriarch, Gillian (nèe Fairhead). Fermented in terracotta amphorae and seasoned oak, the wine is mature sur lie for 10 months, the resulting texture and breadth makes it an excellent match for the fish stews and prawn Curries.
Thorne & Daughters ‘Rocking Horse’ Cape White787John Seccombe’s cornerstone wine takes its name from a wooden rocking horse they made for their daughters out of oak barrel staves. Multi-regional blend of Chenin, Roussanne, Semillon Blanc & Gris, with a dollop of Chardonnay. It offers broad, rich layered fruit, resolving into a keen line of acidity and pithy tannin
Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines White Blend1135“Superb debut” (claimed Robert Parker) from the winery, where Chris and Andrea Mullineux blend low-yielding Chenin with equal portions of Rhône varieties Grenache Blanc, Clairette and Viognier. Fermentation in older barrels adds breadth and texture to match any robust dish
Sutherland Riesling95 / 385This fine aromatic variety is harvested from Thelema’s Elgin (Sutherland) vineyards, and rendered in a dry but flavourful style. Floral spicy aromas and lime flavours are carried along by firm natural acidity
Newton Johnson ‘Resonance’157 / 630Breezes from the Southern Ocean cool these maritime ‘Hemel-en-Aarde’ (Heaven & Earth) vineyards ensuring a racy, vibrant white Bordeaux-styled Sauvignon-Semillon blend. Minerality typical of the area provides backbone to the zippy flavours. Made for seafood
Dora ‘Arya’ ’Grenache - Chenin63 /252Spicy Grenache Blanc combines well with Chenin’s pure, honeyed peachiness and Roussanne’s delicate texture. A decorous tribute to its Sanskrit inspired name – meaning ‘noble’. Unwooded with a snappy acidity, the signature of the ‘Voor-Paardeberg’, ensuring a bright, fresh finish
De Morgenzon Garden Vineyards Rosé377Thoroughly charming dry Rosé, sufficiently light for lunch, and serious for dinner. A blend of southern French varieties which perfectly suit the Mediterranean-Cape climate and lifestyle
Waterford ‘Rose Mary’374The softly dry sought-after Rose Mary is made in a light, low-alcohol lunch time style, without losing any of its delightful strawberry & cranberry flavours
Kruger Family Wines ‘Piekenierskloof’ Grenache Rosé66 / 265Grenache fruit from the mountains of the ‘Piekenierskloof’ is prized by the more adventurous and maverick winemakers. Johan and Sophie Kruger successfully reflect these brilliant vineyards in this individually-styled perfumed, dry, salmon-pink rosé.
Lievland ‘Liefkoos’ Rosé553This lively, smart, dry Rosé lives up to its strikingly elegant packaging. Syrah and Mourvèdre grown in prime ‘Simonsberg’ soils are ‘bled’ to make this Provençal-styled pink, with texture and richness acquired by extended lees contact
Tamboerskloof ‘Katherien’ Syrah Rosé281‘Tamboerskloof’ means ‘Valley of the Drums’. The first Dutch look-out post was established above Cape Town in ‘Tamboerskloof’, where the De Villiers family lived before purchasing their wine farm. Pale salmon-pink, the ‘Katharien’ is bled from Syrah to offer a spicy, fresh mouth-filling lunchtime wine.
Lomond Merlot Rosé86 / 342From the windblown southern tip of Africa in the Agulhas appellation, a crisp & flavourful award-winning pink wine, unusually bled from Merlot grapes. Playful candy floss notes.
Catherine Marshall Sandstone Soils Pinot Noir629Cathy’s Barefoot Wines began as a three-barrel Syrah foot-stomp in ‘Muizenberg’ 25 years ago. Now her much admired eponymous winery has pinot as its focus: this, the lightest of her trio of pinots reflecting the character of the Table Mountain sandstone and silica quartz soils in which her vines grow. Quentin’s crispy roast duck is a consummate match
Iona Vineyards ‘Mr P’ Pinot Noir122 / 490Elegant, fresh cherry and red berry nose. The palate is pure with lovely texture and focused sweet cherry fruit dominates with spicy undertones. The wine is fresh and intense with real vibrancy
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir1968This esteemed producer manages to replicate the restrained and complex Burgundian expression of this variety. Low-vigour soils, tiny yields and cool maritime climate give rise to a tight, classic wine with no overt fruitiness
BLANK bottle ‘1 Click – Off’987Referred to by a London broadsheet as “The man making mind – bending wine”, maverick winemaker, accidental film – star and pro surfer Pieter H. Walser deliberately neglects to include the grape variety on his (self- created, epilepsy – inspired) wine labels, though this example is a Pinot Noir from a remote Elgin vineyard. Lavishly ripe and powerful, it is a savoury and packed with dark cherry and strawberry flavours.
Kara Tara Pinot Noir620Talented Diner’s Club Young Winemaker of the Year Rudger van Wyk was born and raised in a small southern Cape town on the banks of the Kara Tara River. He makes his wines at the Stark Condé winery, where he has his day job. Crafted in a light playfully juicy, dry style it is ideal with duck, but has sufficient structure to accompany lighter red meat dishes.
Winery of Good Hope ‘Bushvine’ Pinotage99 / 395South Africa’s very own grape (Pinot Noir-Cinsault cross: the former offering vivid cherry flavours, and the latter lovely spiciness) grows untrellised in the Helderberg and Swartland to produce a juicy but structured red, with an earthy savouriness
Radford Dale ‘Vinum’ Pinotage507Brit Alex Dale and Aussie Ben Radford have their own take on the quintessential South African grape variety (a 1925 Pinot Noir - Cinsault cross) - the former offering vivid cherry flavours, and the latter lovely spiciness. Untrellised ‘Helderberg’ and bush vine ‘Swartland’ vineyards produce a juicy, structured red, with an engaging earthy savouriness
Stellenrust Pinotage69 / 275French oak barrels add backbone to this Pinotage’s juiciness. Roasted spices and dark berries make this a tasty wine, either on its own or with a variety of robust dishes, from game birds to pan seared venison
Grangehurst Pinotage905Grangehurst’s maiden 1992 vintage was vinified on a converted squash court. Since then, this specialist red wine cellar has lost none of its handcrafted appeal. One of the Cape’s best Pinotage’s, it is firmly structured, yet elegant, showing good depth and complexity
Kanonkop Pinotage1563Powerful Pinotage from this top producer, Kanonkop is produced from low-yielding old vines. Maturation in small French oak barrels develops the complexity derived from the compact red-berry fruit flavours. Treat yourself!
De Trafford Merlot1010A stylishly made, impressively concentrated, generous Merlot yielding bright, polished fruit aromas and flavours. Plushly textured, classy wine from this small internationally renowned cellar. Blended with a splash of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot before maturation in French barrels
Ingrid & Luca Bein Merlot145 / 581Swiss vets Ingrid & Luca Bein turned to winemaking after falling in love with the Cape. Tiny amounts of fresh and elegant Merlot are made from only two hectares of vines. Judicious oaking allows the polished plum fruit flavours to shine through
Thelema Mountain Vineyards Merlot605Highly sought-after, expressive Merlot from pioneering winemaker Gyles Webb’s beautiful property at the top of the Helshoogte Pass. His emphasis on ripe tannins, supple textures and complex fruit make this a consistent and distinctive Merlot
Eagle’s Nest Merlot695The farm that is now Eagles’ Nest was used as a refreshment station between the Wynberg in the east, and the harbour of Hout Bay in the west, before travelers made their way over Constantia Nek. Their Merlot is undoubtedly one of the best in the Cape: richly ripe and fleshy, but underpinned by gorgeously plush tannins
Vondeling ‘Petit’ Merlot69 / 275‘Vondeling’ employ a full-time botanist to geo-tag the endangered ‘fynbos’ on their unique ‘Voor-Paardeberg’ property, which delivers a juicy, accessible Merlot - ready to drink now on its own, with roast lamb or a myriad of robust sauces
Restless River ‘Main Rd & Dignity’ Cabernet Sauvignon1975Planted by proprietors Craig & Anne Wessels in the late 90s, Restless River has the oldest Cabernet vines in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, a cool area better known for its Pinots. No expense is spared in the making of miniscule amounts of this avant-garde, elegant but densely fruited wine
Glenelly The ‘Glass Collection’ Cabernet Sauvignon106 / 422Bordeaux’s Madame de Lencquesaing acquired this property neighbouring Rustenberg in 2003, convinced it could produce highquality wines. ‘Glass Collection’ is the second label and over-delivers for the price. Quintessential cab. with blackcurrant flavours and fine tannins
David Finlayson Cabernet Sauvignon128 / 511Made with more than a nod to the classic wines of the Médoc, attesting to the time David Finlayson spent working at world-renowned Chateau Margaux. Four clones of cabernet planted on different Stellenbosch sites make up this firmly structured blackcurrant and raspberry flavoured red, with richness framed by spicy oak tannins.
Keermont Cabernet Sauvignon959Alex Starey’s cabernet fruit comes from Keermont’s low-yielding Cottage Lane vineyard on the ‘Helderberg’ slopes, where clay soils translate to a wine with power and tension, with fresh acidity and dense tannins keeping ripe, juicy blackcurrant fruit in check
Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve2505Etienne Le Riche, a French Huguenot descendant, left the famous Rustenberg Estate in 1996 to establish his own winery, and has built a solid following for his classically-styled Cabernets. Concentrated cassis fruit flavours are underpinned by a firm, ripe tannin structure, making a deliciously whole and elegant wine
Luddite Shiraz2625Larger-than-life Neils Verburg employs traditional winemaking methods to capture the essence of his Shiraz grapes, resulting in intense, pure-fruited wine with a wonderfully silky texture and seamless tannins. Wife, Penny cares for the vineyards, the bedrock of all great wines
Maree Family Wines ‘Klein Jakkals’ Syrah72 / 287Celebrating beloved Sam, foreman on the Maree farm in Namibia. Father-son duo Jacques (senior & junior - A.K.A ‘Jakkals’) Maree, source Syrah from prime ‘Simonsberg’ vineyards to showcase this region’s ancient weathered granitic soils, which yield an elegant, expressively perfumed Syrah, with spicy pepper notes and appetising freshness
Stark-Condé Stellenbosch Syrah815Richly perfumed, sumptuous red-berry fruit aromas with hints of black pepper and dried herbs are characteristic of José Condé’s Jonkershoek vineyards. Enjoy the focused core of spicy dark fruit harmoniously balanced by fine, polished tannins
The Foundry Syrah928One of the Cape’s top examples, made by talented ex-Meerlust Winemaker Chris Williams, who believes texture and balance to be the most important components of a wine. Expressive, rich and spicy flavours with supple structure and an elegant, savoury finish
Trizanne Signature Wines ‘Swartland’ Syrah106 / 422Avid ‘Kommetjie’ surfer, mom, and brilliant winemaker (earning her stripes at ‘Klein’ Constantia), Trizanne Barnard creates remarkably elegant wines of nuance and complexity from trendy ‘Swartland’ and Elim grapes. Supple tannins and generous, spicy red fruit offer excellent drinkability
De Toren ‘Délicate’533As the label from this top-draw winery suggests, this is a delicately juicy, medium-bodied red - intended for lightly chilled enjoyment, an aperitif, with carpaccio or our Sunday alfresco starters. Malbec leads, with Merlot and Cabernets making for a convivial blend
Constantia Glen ‘Five’1895Named for the inclusion of all five permitted Bordeaux grape varieties, this flagship is a stately blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. This smart, savoury wine is best enjoyed with our beef fillet
Nativo Red Blend (organic)144 / 577Argentinian-born engineer Billy Hughes and his geneticist daughter Kiki, only make a red and a white blend, from organic fruit, on their Swartland farm. Made with minimal intervention, and no new oak, this blend of Syrah, Pinotage, Mourvédre, Grenache and Tempranillo offers dark berry spiciness and welcoming warmth
Miles Mossop ‘Max’1207Regular Platter 5-star wine, named for Tokara winemaker Mossop’s son. One of the most elegant, plushly modern Cabernet-led Bordeauxstyled blends around. Its structured tannins are a good match for pan-seared meats
‘Essay’ Red Blend71 / 281‘Essay’ refers to the abbreviation for South Africa – ‘SA’ as well as reflecting the diverse blend creating a wine greater than its individual parts: versatile syrah, perfumed grenache, deeply spicy mourvèdre and cinsault’s burst of red fruit and soft mouthfeel. Distinctively gentle everyday red whilst impressive winner of two 2023 Investec Trophies.
Gabriëlskloof Red Blend410Passionate about incorporating environmentally friendly practices, this is a W.W.F. Conservation Champion farm. Crystallum’s Peter-Allan Finlayson partners both Cabernets with Malbec and Petit Verdot to fashion a dark-fruited blend that is both subtle and refreshing
Morgenster Estate Red1802Classic Merlot dominant blend with Cabernet Sauvignon from qualityconscious property (Pierre Lurton of Château Cheval Blanc consults). Morgenster’s top label shows restraint and style. Typical Bordeaux style
‘Bloemcool Oupa se Wingererd’ Grenache980Old Vine Project certified grenache from a 50-year-old vineyard planted at 650 metres, yields wild dark berry and pomegranate flavours with piercing freshness and minerality adding to the vibrant character. Hand-made labels are implanted with real cauliflower (‘bloemcool’) seeds let the story of ‘Bloemcool’ live on when you take the label home with you.
Steenberg Nebbiolo821The Cape’s single – hectare ‘Mother Block’ of this Piedmontese grape was planted almost 30 years ago at Steenberg, reflecting a newly innovative industry in 1994. Deliciously aromatic with earthy autumnal tones and fresh, ripe red fruits balancing the variety’s signature firm tannins and acidity. The wines Italian flair makes our full – flavoured roast quail a splendid companion.
Painted Wolf ‘Black pack’ Mourvédre789Few winemakers are brave enough to bottle Mourvédre on its own. Pioneering Jeremy Borg is one of these – only because he manages to obtain exceptional fruit from a friend’s Swartland vineyard. Sweetly spicy with dark plum flavours and bright acidity, it pairs well with our loin of springbok. The endangered African wild dog graces the label, and a generous percentage of the proceeds go to conservation charity ‘TUSK’.
Bellevue Estate Cinsault88 / 354This estate on the Bottleray Hills farm in Stellenbosch has been in the hands of the Morkel family since 1861, famous for its pioneering Pinotage innovation in the 1950’s. We thought there Cinsault is a contemporary hidden gem with its abundant red berry fruitiness and earthy creaminess, tamed with a year in extra large oak barrels.
Blacksmith Wines ‘Horseman Red Rider’ Carignan565Invoking the four horseman of the apocalypse on his tattoo artist designed monochrome labels, Tremayne Smith is troubled by the threats of climate change and concentrates on four grape varieties best suited to local climate conditions, of which Carignan is one. His winemaking philosophy is one of strictly minimal – intervention, producing a lightly spicy, fresh and silky red, from ocean – cooled darling vineyards.
Fortified and Dessert Wines
Joostenberg Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest (50ml)55A must with (or instead) of a dessert. Sweet, botrytised chenin blanc with lip-smacking, savoury line of acidity to balance the richly layered dried apricot flavours. (Or try with paté before a meal).
Klein Constantia ‘Vin de Constance’ (50 ml)200This recreation of the legendary 18th century sweet wine of Constantia well deserves all the accolades it receives. Made from Muscat de Frontignan, which is left to raisin on the vines, it is deep gold in colour with intense aromas of dried apricot, tangerine, and Muscat. Luscious, concentrated, sweet fruit flavours on the palate are balanced by fine acidity, and followed by an exceptionally long, flavourful finish
Weltevrede ‘Ouma se Wyn’ (50 ml)75Fortified white muscadel, made especially for the winemaker’s Ouma. Scented Turkish-delight, smooth, genteel, yet intense. Uncloyingly sweet - just like Ouma
Catherine Marshall ‘Myriad’ Port (75 ml)98A fine, quirky ‘Port’ from the Cape’s pioneering garagiste winemaker, Cathy Marshall. Fully ripe Pinot Noir and Merlot grapes are partially fermented, then lightly fortified. The result is amazing, like a Ruby Port but more spicy and complex
Peter Bayly Cape Vintage (75 ml)86Made from top traditional Portuguese varieties, this is one of South Africa’s finest port-styled wines. Approachable even in its youth, it offers a luxuriously rich mouthful of spicy nut and fruitcake flavours
De Krans Ruby Port (75 ml)71Pale red Cape benchmark offers lively aromas of fresh dark plums, cherries and chocolate. Fabulous on the palate with a light grainy texture, with fruit notes and a mellow spirit finish
Quentin’s Cape lemon liqueur (50 ml)52Peak season Cape winter lemon distillate makes for a perfect after dinner palate cleanser, pronounced citrus spritz, not overwhelmed by tacky sugar palate, sips well at 20% alcohol by volume