February 2016 - Wine Concepts
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February 2016


The persistent heat, and in some areas vineyard fires, over the start of the harvest season has resulted in very early picking this year and incredible to think that a winery in the Olifants River region is about to release their 2016 Sauvignon Blanc already!!Unfortunately some regions have reported that they are 60% down on last year’s crop, however many wineries are reporting that what they have picked so far the results are good which is pleasing! Picking continues for the later ripening varieties some of which are picked by hand and the others with automated machines. Due to the extreme temperatures picking is usually done in the early hours as vineyard managers rush their grapes into cellars while still cool from the night air.

Next month on the 12th March we will be hosting our 2nd Celebration of Chenin Blanc and Pinotage from 11.00 until 14.00 outside our shop in Newlands. See details below.

February also spells romance and here are a few special Valentine Day places where you and your loved one can spend precious time together. Read more

For our recipe this month Michael Olivier gives us his delicious Smoked Salmon Hearts. We have an interesting line up of new wines in our stores, along with excellent tastings from well-known and newer estates. Please visit our website www.wineconcepts.co.za for details on our daily tastings on upcoming events at both our Newlands and Kloof Street stores.

We wish you all a happy and romantic month!

Discover new wines in our stores

Kloof Street – Cape Town
Cavalli Pink Pony Grenache Rose 2014 R79.50
Lammershoek The Innocent Rose 2015 R87.50
Karen Merlot Rose 2013 R128.50
Charles Fox Brut Rose 2011 R249.50
Moya Meaker Syrah 2013 R243.50

Newlands – Cape Town
Le Lude Brut Rose NV R213.00
Warwick First Lady Unwooded Chardonnay 2015 R90.00
Hermit on Hill Knights in Tights Luminor Rose 2015 R88.00
La Vierge The Affair Pinot Noir 2014 R130.00
Almenkerk Lace Sauvignon Blanc 2015 R103.00


Whats up

Flavour Focus evening for February at Newlands
Our theme for our flavour focus this month is “In the Pink!” and we will be offering a range of Rose wines and Cap Classiques on the following dates:

On the 12th February from 4.00pm – 7.00pm we will have wines from Black Oystercatcher, Le Lude, Jordan, Noble Hill, Klein Optenhorst, and Vondeling

And on the 26th February from 4.00pm – 7.00pm we will have wines from Domaine des Dieux, Waterkloof, Vrede en Lust, Hillcrest and Silverthorne.

There is no charge so come and enjoy a glass or two before you buy a few bottles to take home with you for your Valentine!

Celebrating Chenin Blanc and Pinotage – Newlands – 12th March
Wine Concepts Newlands will be showcasing a selection of wines from two of our favourite local varieties, Chenin Blanc and Pinotage at our second “Local is Lekker” Celebration! We have invited twenty top producers of these varieties who will present over 40 wines for tasting on the day.

So come and join us on Saturday 12th March between 11.00 to 14.00 to taste some excellent wines which will also be offered at a special discounted price during the event. Along with this Sushi Box will provide unique platters of Sushi to suit the wines and will be on sale during the course of the Celebration. The Celebration will be held between the Sushi Box and our store in Newlands and the ticket cost for the wine tasting is R50 per person (includes glass and tasting) and tickets will be available from our store. For more info please call us on 021 671-9030

Wine of the Week on www.iafrica.com

Visit www.iafrica.com where Mike of Wine Concepts writes about a wine that he has enjoyed or discovered recently. Click here to read about this week’s choice. Enjoy reading through previous articles by visiting our website.

Wine Tastings at Wine Concepts

Wine Tastings at Wine Concepts – Newlands
We have free tastings at our Newlands Shop every day from 4pm till 7pm and on Saturdays from 11am till 2pm.

Wine Tastings at Wine Concepts – Kloof Street
At our Kloof Street shop we have tastings Mondays to Friday from 4pm till 7pm and Saturdays from 12pm till 3pm.

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