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I'm your huckleberry orange wine
The Vineyard Party

I'M YOUR HUCKLEBERRY

$258

By The Vineyard Party

ORANGE | SALTY SWEET
She’s texture, she’s vibes, she’s a cool ray of sunshine!

WHAT WE TASTE
Meyer lemon, green peppercorn, silk

PERFECT PAIRING
Seared scallops, kimchi pancakes, roast pork
TEMP CHECK
Serve this cool kid cold
ABOUT THE VINEYARD PARTY

Jolette Steyn is a super international wine sales lady by day, planning Vineyard Parties on the side. She has 15 harvests under her belt and quit her winemaking day job to take a gamble on making the kinds of wine she, as a self-proclaimed wine geek, truly loves. The Vineyard Party aims to bring some of South Africa’s lesser-known varietals to the forefront by exploring the Cape’s vineyards in search of biodiverse, sustainably farmed vineyards with happy soils, people and vines. This is the maiden release and quantities are super limited!

The two wines, I’m Your Huckleberry (or Huck, as we like to call it) and Here be Dragons are harvested from the same vineyard on the same day. Split into 3 batches and fermented in different, avant-garde and low intervention ways. Each one includes 2 different components of the 3 techniques.

OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
The reference? Val Kilmer in Tombstone. (No, we haven’t seen it either - Jamie). The tale of an underrated, underappreciated grape rising to the occasion, accepting the challenge, saying with confidence that “I’m the one you’re looking for”.
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Helderberg, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Grape: Semillon
Style: Quirky & fun
Ingredients: Grapes + WAY less SO2 than in store-bought orange juice (and yes, Jolette has tested this)
Guthrie Family Wines

KISSES PINK VIOGNIER

$450

By Guthrie Family Wines

ROSÉ | PINK POWER (KINDA?)
Is it pink? Is it white? We’re not even sure! It’s a white grape with some red grape skin action!

WHAT WE TASTE
Rose, tangerine – and yes, the winemaker said this – a tube of fresh tennis balls on the nose.

PERFECT PAIRING
Sunny, summery days, evenings, and nights
TEMP CHECK
Keep this little disco ball chilled
ABOUT GUTHRIE FAMILY WINES

Blair and Caroline Guthrie are making honest wines, farmed responsibly. Their baby side project (only 600 cases a year) is filled with so much love – their wines are comforting and lighthearted as a Sunday morning dance party in your bathrobe. Beneath that, they are strongly focused on preserving and encouraging the good in the world – environmentally, ethically and everything in between.

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
They seek out some of the best in the biz farmers in the region, who are doing things the right way in the vineyards. Using the by-product of sugar cane processing, their corks looks a little different, but they’re totally carbon neutral. Eschewing capsules entirely, they’re saving waste on that front too. They also support cool young artists they trawl up on the interweb for their labels.
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
Have you seen it?! Kidding! This pretty little pink baby was a solution to a couple of challenges – drought, fires and potential smoke taint. The solution? Get creative! Which is exactly what Blair did! Inspired by a technique called Ripasso used in Italy where lighter Valpolicella wine is ‘repassed’ over the skins of punchier Amarone to pull some colour, texture and flavour, he did the same thing with Viognier (a white grape!) and Pinot Noir skins. Bada-bing, bada-boom – pink Vio!
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Mendocino County, California, USA
Grape: Viognier (with Pinot Noir skins)
Style: Cute & crushable
Ingredients: Grapes, sulfites
XECO

MEDIUM DRY (500ml)

$208

By XECO

I DON'T IDENTIFY | FORTIFIED
The dry-as-a-general-rule XECO gals have given this one a little shot of sugar! Think Monty’s cute little sister.

WHAT WE TASTE
Toasted nuts, caramel apple pie, apricots

PERFECT PAIRING
Cheese before dinner, cheese after dinner, cheese for dinner….
TEMP CHECK
This is best served chilled.
ABOUT XECO

XECO is the brain-child of three 30-something 'fino fiends' who have long shared a love of fine sherry - and frustration that this love wasn't shared by their friends. The solution? Find better friends (kidding!) OR - find a way to bring a ‘Next Generation’ sherry to their friends and the world, finally giving this marvellous drink some long-overdue recognition. With 30 combined years of experience in the drinks industry, the trio set out to create a new brand of Sherry to put a contemporary edge on an age-old product, and in doing so help to dispel some of the myths around the category, while encouraging a new generation of discerning drinkers to give Sherry a second look.

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
Beyond working to not only preserve and perhaps write a new chapter for this historic bevvie, the XECO gals are working hard to change some of the traditions in the region too. They’ve recently got approval to trial new cardboard bottle technology – a big step toward sustainability – which is no small feat in a place that does not like to change the rules!
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
The extra touch of sweetness on this one makes it the perfect after dinner treat, especially if you’re not up for full-on dessert. It’s just sweet enough to satisfy that little sugar craving.
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Jerez, Spain
Grape: Palomino, Pedro Ximenéz
Style: Sweetly refreshing
Unico Zelo

ORIGAMI

$200

By Unico Zelo

ROSÉ | PINK POWER
Welcome to our world, you pretty lil’ thang

WHAT WE TASTE
Salty sweet grapefruit, tomato consommé, cheese rind

PERFECT PAIRING
Keep it light, keep it chill, no need for food on this one, just the company of a good friend or a fun book
TEMP CHECK
Cold as ice
ABOUT UNICO ZELO

Laura and Brendan Carter have an intense commitment to sustainability - a unique zeal some might say (= unico zelo in Italian - read on to find out why). They planted 35 different varietals to see which could grow without irrigation in the harsh Australian climate and ended with a handful of native Italian grapes they now craft into wonderfully smashable wines aimed at the next generation of wine drinkers.

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
For starters, if you’ve met Cami & Leigh-Ann, you’d know that we live for Grenache – anytime, anywhere. Fifi is a Pinot Gris fanatic and Jamie loves her Italian varieties. So this fun little number is quite the mash-up of our girls. But that’s not all! It also harks to the influence that Japanese culture has had on the UZ ethos and branding. Laura, one half of the winemaking duo, grew up between Tokyo and Bangkok – a piece of herself that shines through in every bottle. All in all, this wine and the winery it comes from is doing some seriously cool things and we love them for it.
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Clare Valley, Riverland, & Adelaide Hills, Australia
Grape: Sangiovese, Grenache, Pinot Gris
Style: Bone dry
Ingredients: Grapes + SO2
Paper Kite White Wine
Thorne & Daughters

PAPER KITE OLD VINE SEMILLON

$398

By Thorne & Daughters

WHITE | BUTTER, BABY
Just think of anything yellow and delicious and you’re thinking of Paper Kite – butter, honey, peaches – they’re all here.

WHAT WE TASTE
Yellow flowers and honey with a sprinkle of salt

PERFECT PAIRING
With plenty of conviction, she stands up boldly to an array of flavours but works well for some contemplative thinking-drinking if there’s no food around.
TEMP CHECK
Give her a bit of time to shake the chill to better hear all she has to say. Get her out of the fridge about 15 minutes before drinking.
ABOUT THORNE & DAUGHTERS

They say, quite simply, that they are raising handcrafted wines along with their two daughters. But we think John & Tasha Seccombe are doing so much more than that! They’re raising the profile of forgotten grapes, reflecting on the heritage of a complicated wine-producing country and thoughtfully capturing a new narrative of what that could become.

OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
Mother vineyard to the Tin Soldier, Paper Kite is a celebration of the heritage and history of Semillon in South Africa. It’s made from an old vineyard that includes a mix of both ‘normal’ Semillon and Semillon Gris – which is a mutation (Oh, yes! Grapes have mutants!) that’s almost entirely unique to South Africa – nobody is completely sure how it even happened!
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Swartland, South Africa
Grape: Semillon Blanc, Semillon Gris
Style: Rich in flavour, colour and personality