So much fun to be had with South African wine right now. Here are three wine that are full of interest, and massively over-deliver for the price. They are available from The Wine Society. The Kloof Street wines come from Swartland star winery Mullineux, and the Liberator is the latest in a series of special purchases made by ABS’ Richard Kelley, who knows the South African wine scene intimately and is very well connected to land parcels like these.
Kloof Street Red 2012 Swartland, South Africa
13.5% alcohol. 83% Syrah, 13% Cinsault, 4% Carignan. Meaty, dense and spicy with lovely black fruits. It’s sweet but with good acidity and nice freshness, and an appealing savoury, spicy twist. Such a drinkable wine. 90/100 (£10.95 The Wine Society)
Kloof Street White 2013 Swartland, South Africa
13% alcohol. Old vine Chenin Blanc. Livey, fresh, fruity and pure with pear and citrus fruit, as wel as subtle spiciness. Lively and precise, this is good,simple fun, but there’s a hint of seriousness. 88/100 (£10.95 The Wine Society)
The Liberator ‘This Bird Has Flown’ 2009 WO Swartland, South Africa
14.5% alcohol. Thus is a blend of Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay and Clairette Blanc made by one of South Africa’s leading winemakers. 210 case, exclusive to The Wine Society. Rich, ripe, sweet pear and peach fruit with some spice and apricot. Rich, warm palate has spice and nutty notes, with creamy pear and peach fruit and nice acidity. 90/100 (£11.95 The Wine Society)