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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)
Saboteur White Wine
Luddite

SABOTEUR WHITE

$308

By Luddite

WHITE | BUTTER, BABY
A little serious, this one. It has plenty of heart and so much to share

WHAT WE TASTE
Quince, crunchy apples and lime flowers

PERFECT PAIRING
Mild curries and Thai food
TEMP CHECK
To really see what this one is about, take it out of the fridge and crack the crown cap about 10 minutes before serving or just lose the ice bucket.
ABOUT LUDDITE

“A dope-smoking political anarchist meets an upstanding young goody-goody sportsman at a mutual friends 21st” – 35 years and 3 kids later, they are the family behind Luddite Wines. After a few years abroad, Niels and Penny returned to South Africa and found their plot of land in Bot River. Niels had a definite plan as to how he wanted to make wine and Penny knew that she wanted to farm as “green” as possible. Everything had to be about the wine. No intervention, no shortcuts and staying true to only bottling what, hand on heart was the best.

OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
This little babe of a blend includes Chenin, Viognier and ‘Fumé Blanc’ – which is just a fancy way of referring to the style in which the Sauvignon Blanc is made - partly on skins and partly in barrel. Not one for doing anything just for the sake of being fancy, winemaker Niels’ rationale here is that he just can’t bring himself to put the varietal on one of his labels.
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Cape South Coast, South Africa
Grape: Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc
Style: Rich but racy
Ingredients: Grapes + a splash of sulphur (as little as possible!)
Luddite Bold Red
Luddite

SABOTEUR RED

$398

By Luddite

RED | BOLD
A pretty serious red by people who are very serious about wine, good times and good laughs

WHAT WE TASTE
BBQ smoke, juicy cherries, black pepper

PERFECT PAIRING
Any beef or lamb dish you can think of, especially a BBQ, or end off the night pairing with mature hard cheeses
TEMP CHECK
When summertime hits, 20 minutes or so in the fridge can’t hurt
ABOUT LUDDITE

“A dope-smoking political anarchist meets an upstanding young goody-goody sportsman at a mutual friends 21st” – 35 years and 3 kids later, they are the family behind Luddite Wines. After a few years abroad, Niels and Penny returned to South Africa and found their plot of land in Bot River. Niels had a definite plan as to how he wanted to make wine and Penny knew that she wanted to farm as “green” as possible. Everything had to be about the wine. No intervention, no shortcuts and staying true to only bottling what, hand on heart was the best.

OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
At Luddite, everyone who works there gets together in the kitchen for coffee in the morning. Everyone is part of a team and not just a farm labourer. They have only replaced 3 staff in 18 years – all growing old together. It’s a happy farm and Penny’s motto has always been “never ask someone else to do something that you won’t do”
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Bot River, Overberg, South Africa
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Shiraz
Style: Full-tilt red with a bit of crunch
Ingredients: Grapes + as little sulphur as possible
Greystone

RIESLING PÉT-NAT

$320

By Greystone

SPARKLING | BUBBLY BABES
This feel-good little fizz is refreshing yet warming at the same time – like spritzy ginger snaps in a bottle!

WHAT WE TASTE
Pineapple, ginger snaps, jasmine

PERFECT PAIRING
Smokey BBQ ribs, Pretzel sticks, Siu Mai
TEMP CHECK
Best served properly chilled
ABOUT GREYSTONE

What happens when you hire a viticulturist from Penfolds and give him a sheep farm? He hires an ex-accountant studying wine and sets about planting vineyards destined for making some of the world’s best Pinot Noir (seriously, they’ve won an award) in less than 2 decades. Named after the unique limestone soils, a mix of fossils, seashells and small pebbles that have been fused together through the seismic movement of North Canterbury, Greystone has made big waves in the wine world under the stewardship of viticulturist & GM, Nick Gill and winemaker, Dom Maxwell.

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
Already certified organic, they’re working toward being totally regenerative and carbon neutral. Beyond that, Dom is exploring being extra low-intervention – to the extent that he’s even doing away with needing cellar space for some of his ferments, despite his wife suggesting maybe possums could be a problem… He’s pioneering a whole new type of winemaking, where wines ferment in the vineyard block where the grapes grow, which means all the yeasts are just from that particular vineyard and the wine continues to be exposed to the weather variations of the vintage.
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
As we’ve learned, Dom is pretty big on not interfering with his wines – which means loads of attention to detail, but very little else. This unfiltered, unfined ginger-laced gem is not only delicious, but it’s also vegan-friendly!
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Waipara Valley, North Canterbury, New Zealand
Grape: Riesling
Style: Fresh & refreshing
Ingredients: Grapes + minimal SO2
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
The BLANKBottle Winery

PSEUDONYM

$280

By The BLANKBottle Winery

RED | PLAYFUL
Another exciting take on one of our favourite grapes from Pieter Walser. We could tell you what it is here, but where would be the fun in that?

WHAT WE TASTE
Cassis, oregano and really ripe strawberries

PERFECT PAIRING
Smoked duck salad, bougie cheese toasties, cumin-spiced lamb
TEMP CHECK
Can stand a lil’ chill
ABOUT THE BLANKBOTTLE WINERY

So much of our approach to wine has been inspired by Pieter Walser and his BLANKbottle wines – where the bottles typically don’t show the varietal to avoid any preconceived ideas about what people think they like and don’t like when it comes to wines. “You can’t judge it by the label; it takes drinking a whole bottle to get to know the wine.” He also designs those labels.

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
While he doesn’t own any vineyards of his own, Pieter makes sure to work only with winegrowers who are farming with care, attention and intention; and he drives thousands of kilometers across South Africa every year to reach these people to source the exceptional fruit for his wines. Once the wines make it back to his cellar, Pieter is meticulous in his winemaking – not adding or removing anything…while sometimes also being a little off the wall.
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
As with any of Pieter’s wines, it comes with a great story! The grower Pieter buys the grapes for this wine from, in an attempt to avoid his neighbour trying to steal his clients, invented a pseudonym for Pieter – he dubbed him the jam maker from Strand (where Pieter lives in South Africa).
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Darling, Western Cape, South Africa
Grape: Cinsault
Style: Serious fun
Ingredients: Grapes, minimal sulphur
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
Atlas Swift

SHELTER CHARDONNAY

$194

By Atlas Swift

WHITE | EASY BREEZY x BUTTER BABY
The best of four very distinct worlds of Chardonnay, all together in one bottle. It’s an absolute delight! Easy Breezy meets Butter Baby

WHAT WE TASTE
Lemon curd, pear skin, hazelnut brioche

PERFECT PAIRING
Thai green curry, Manchego, good company
TEMP CHECK
Chilled but no need to be icy cold
ABOUT ATLAS SWIFT

Just unpacking the name of the brand gives you a sense of how proprietors Martin & Welma Smith view the world. Atlas, the titan of perseverance, tasked with holding up the sky represents how very seriously they take their commitment to protecting the lands on which they grow their grapes. It also speaks to the maps on which the terroirs they work with are laid out. Swifts, one of the fastest and most aerial of the bird species, represents their nimble exploration to find said terroirs. The project, which on the surface, focuses on site-specific Chardonnays from distinctive places scattered across the Western Cape of South Africa, carries with it so much more than just beautiful wines of exceptional texture (Martin is the KING of texture! – Cami). It carries with it the dreams of some of the most authentic souls we have the pleasure to know.

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
Martin & Welma see Atlas Swift as an opportunity to raise their young children in an environment where work can be fuelled by passion, where the land and the importance of protecting it, is paramount. They are shaping the next generation to be conscious and responsible for the unique place they hold in the world.
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
We love how each of the four very different places that Martin & Welma source their Chardonnays show up in this wine – there’s sea salt from the Cape South Coast, ripeness from warm Wellington, elegance from Robertson and bracing acidity from the high-altitude Cedarberg.
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Western Cape, South Africa
Grape: Chardonnay
Style: Best of four worlds
Ingredients: Grapes + limited sulphur
Evolution

CHARDONNAY (1.5L BOX)

$478

By Evolution

WHITE | EASY BREEZY
Radiant! This wine is bursting with green fruits. No oak here, just stainless steel tanks, which keeps it fresh. The perfect balance of fruit and freshness. Just lovely!

WHAT WE TASTE
Green apples & melon

PERFECT PAIRING
Popcorn, fried chicken, salads (green, potato, tuna - you name it!)
TEMP CHECK
Best not served too cold, don’t bother with the ice bucket for this wine.
ABOUT EVOLUTION

Baby-brother brand to Sokol Blosser, this started as a project to continue releasing wines when a nasty pest called phylloxera wiped out most of their vineyards. Through luck and intention, it has evolved (see what we did there?) into a brand in its own right under siblings & co-presidents Alison & Alex Sokol Blosser

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
Gosh, besides not practising biodynamics (and Alex has some very good – and pretty entertaining reasons for that), there’s not much the Sokol Blossers don’t do exceptionally well. They’re B. Corp Certified, Salmon Safe, organic…heck, they’re even one of the first wineries in the world to have a Green Building certification for their cellar! Add in the hyper-sustainable angle of these cool kid boxes, and there’s not much more we could ask for!
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
Evolution Chardonnay is anything but buttery, decidedly not oak-y and refreshes like summertime sprinklers. In a region that’s super-serious about its wine, the Sokol-Blossers have intentionally made this one in a style that you can just sit back and enjoy. Refreshing, easy-drinking, and one you can’t stop sipping.
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Grape: Chardonnay
Style: Crisp, refreshing style. If you aren’t a Chardonnay person but want to experiment - this is an excellent choice!
Ingredients: Yeast (commercially available strains), sulfites, malic acid
Evolution

BIG TIME RED (1.5L BOX)

$356

By Evolution

RED | BOLD
Like pulling into a Drive-In to watch Grease, this baby is all nostalgic fun!

WHAT WE TASTE
Cherry pie filling, red currants and a sprig of thyme

PERFECT PAIRING
Red things, grilled things, slightly sweet-spicy things – ratatouille, smoked pork ribs, Korean BBQ
TEMP CHECK
Good ol’ HK office temperature is good for this gal, but she doesn’t mind a couple of minutes in the fridge.
ABOUT EVOLUTION

Baby-brother brand to Sokol Blosser, this started as a project to continue releasing wines when a nasty pest called phylloxera wiped out most of their vineyards. Through luck and intention, it has evolved (see what we did there?) into a brand in its own right under siblings & co-presidents Alison & Alex Sokol Blosser

THE GOOD THINGS THEY DO
Gosh, besides not practising biodynamics (and Alex has some very good – and pretty entertaining reasons for that), there’s not much the Sokol Blossers don’t do exceptionally well. They’re B. Corp Certified, Salmon Safe, organic…heck, they’re even one of the first wineries in the world to have a Green Building certification for their cellar! Add in the hyper-sustainable angle of these cool kid boxes, and there’s not much more we could ask for!
OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
Alex has done a fun trick inspired by the Rhône region of France where he’s blended in a pinch of the Lucky 9 White to add a little extra fun to this baby that’s already big on good times!
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Oregon, USA
Grape: Syrah, Sangiovese, Montepulciano and a sprinkle of Lucky 9
Style: Ripe fruit fun!
Ingredients: Yeast (commercially available strains), Malolactic, sulfites, grape concentrate, tartaric acid