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South African Wine

Located at the foot of the Bains Kloof Pass below the towering Hawequa mountains in the Wellington region of the Western Cape, 'Napier Vineyards' are named after Sir George Napier, who was the governor of the Cape from 1837-1843. With 90 hectares of vines, including prime parcels on red 'Tukulu' and ancient 'Vilafontes' soils, planted with diverse international grape varieties, the estate has an enviably broad palette of fruit from which to blend its wines.

Our tasting team were really impressed by the 'Sainte Catherine' Chardonnay that hails from a small single vineyard. Head wine-maker Leon Bester vinifies the wine in French oak barrels (30% new) and it is matured on its fine lees for 6 months before bottling. The finished wine has a lovely golden colour, toasty top notes and a ripe tropical fruit palate with a lovely creamy texture and an elegant, dry finish. Barbecued prawns with a chilli and mango salsa would be an ideal food accompaniment.

The estate's most-acclaimed wine is the 'Red Medallion' that is made from a 'Bordeaux' blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Each grape variety is vinified individually for 12 months before Leon assiduously builds the blend. The wine is then matured for a further year in 300 litre barrels before bottling and is then aged in bottle for a further 2 years before release. The terrific 2013 vintage is now drinking beautifully with inviting kirsch and cassis scents and a complex palate of baked earth, crushed mint and stewed black fruits over a framework of fondant tannins.

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  1. IGP Les Alpilles: Domaine de Trévallon Rouge 2014
    Magnum
    £110.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £660.00
  2. Côtes du Luberon: La Canorgue Rosé 2018
    Bottle
    £15.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £189.00
  3. Côtes de Provence: Clos Sainte Magdeleine Rosé 2018
    Bottle
    £18.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £225.00
    Magnum
    £39.75
    Magnum (Case)
    £238.50
  4. Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence: Domaine des Oullières Rosé 2018
    Bottle
    £12.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £147.00
  5. Château Simone Rosé 2017
    Bottle
    £39.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £474.00
  6. Cassis: Clos Sainte Magdeleine Rosé 2018
    Magnum
    £52.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £312.00
    Bottle
    £23.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £282.00
  7. Bellet: Domaine de la Source Rosé 2017
    Bottle
    £27.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £327.00
  8. Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière Rosé 2018
    Bottle
    £20.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £246.00
  9. Bandol: Mas de la Rouvière Rosé 2017
    Magnum
    £55.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £330.00
  10. Stellenbosch: Migliarina Chenin Blanc 2017
    Bottle (Case)
    £222.00
  11. Napier Winery: 'Saint Catherine' Chardonnay 2017
    Bottle
    £18.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £222.00
  12. IGP Méditerranée: Domaine Richeaume 'Tradition' Blanc 2016
    Bottle
    £18.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £227.40
  13. Côtes du Luberon: Château la Canorgue Blanc 2018
    Bottle
    £15.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £191.40
  14. Château Simone Blanc 2016
    Magnum
    £85.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £510.00
    Bottle
    £39.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £479.40
  15. Cassis: Clos Sainte Magdeleine Blanc 2018
    Bottle
    £23.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £279.00
  16. Cassis: Clos Sainte Magdeleine Blanc 2017
    Magnum
    £49.95
    Magnum (Case)
    £299.70
  17. Cassis: Clos Sainte Magdeleine 'Bel-Arme' Blanc 2017
    Bottle
    £31.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £372.00
  18. Cassis: Clos Sainte Magdeleine 'Bel-Arme' Blanc 2016
    Magnum
    £65.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £390.00
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