Matt’s wine of the week. 2.12.20

Grenache 2018
Regular Price: $28.99
Sale Price: $21.99

This week I am bringing you another installment of the amazing wines of South Africa, and this week I reflect on our fourth day of the trip and a growing need to discover my “White Elephant” on this wine journey. The rolling hills and expansive valleys in the Riebeek Kasteel have an amazing diversity in their soils as well as slope and altitude. Riebeek valley is home to not only Vitis Vinifera, but also delectable olive groves, juicy table grapes, and tasty Parisian figs. The history of Kloovenburg meaning, “place in the ravine,” began with Jan Van Riebeeck, the founder of Cape Town, in 1661 when he ascended a lonely mountain and came upon the fertile vista of the Riebeek valley. Though the farm changed hands several times over the centuries, that’s right centuries, the Stephanus family simply received the most recent baton in 1958, growing all this amazing produce. This week’s wine is a prime example of the Valley’s diversity and an example of the softer, sexier side of South African red wine. Dark cherries, pomegranate and herbal undertones present a medium bodied wine, sturdy yet pleasantly fruit driven. Try the leaner side of meat with this one or stuffed portabella mushrooms with cream cheese, bacon and spinach. Cheers!


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