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I'm your huckleberry orange wine
The Vineyard Party

I'M YOUR HUCKLEBERRY

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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, honey, 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

$300

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!)
Amontillado Fortified Wine
XECO

AMONTILLADO (500ml)

$192

By XECO

I DON'T IDENTIFY | FORTIFIED
Smells like a heavenly caramel nut dessert but not at all sweet when you drink it. Like nothing you have tried before!

WHAT WE TASTE
Caramel, nuts, apricots

PERFECT PAIRING
Works brilliantly with all sorts of food - chicken and turkey, mushrooms and truffles, paella or risotto, grilled tuna, soups, meatballs with tomato sauce or anchovies on toast, and, of course, cheese, cheese, cheese.
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.

OUR FAVE THING ABOUT THIS WINE
Like its sister Fino, Monti is so versatile! Serve it straight up in a glass, with a slice of orange, or mix it with ginger beer, or Sprite! Cocktail options are endless. Have fun experimenting with this one.
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Place: Jerez, Spain
Grape: Palomino
Style: Refreshing and yummy