Interesting how one chooses wines like these for my first Michael’s Choice Box.
The Môreson Miss Molly Bubbly happened when I was visiting the farm one day when a beautiful Weimaraner walked in and, on asking was told this was Miss Molly after whom the Estate’s Bubbly was name. I was smitten and loved the wine on tasting it.
The Snow Mountain Syrah is made on the farm Nabygelegen near Wellington by James McKenzie. The farm looks up on to the Sneeuberg and the sight of it in winter and the warmth of the wine was an instant perfect match.
Malkopbaai Sauvignon Blanc is another one of those instant loves. We were at lunch with Suzi Holzhausen in Paternoster. Her food is just so magical and the fresh fish and mussels such a joy. When I asked Suzi which wine we should drink, her immediate answer was Malkopbaai. Having never heard of it before, it just sounded so good – and it was.
The Kloof Street Chenin Blanc is made by two of my favourite winemakers, Andrea and Chris Mullineux, recently awarded Top South African Winemakers by Tim Atkin in his South Africa Special Report 2017, an authoritative and well considered guide. I was introduced to this wine by Chris some years ago. It’s a stunner.
Journey’s End Pastor’s Blend. From the easternmost part of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. I met this wine with the owning family some years ago and have constantly enjoyed it. Good Winemaker, delicious wine.
Vondeling’s Matthew Copeland produces an eclectic range of wines, a fabulous bottle fermented using the Méthode Ancienne – delicious. Now in excellent time for summer is his utterly sublime Rosé. Punchy, full flavoured, red grape blend, a delicious dry Summer Wine.
Having known Gary Jordan since he was at Nursery School and watching the progress at Jordan over the years, the wines just get better and better. This lovely blend is exactly what you should be drinking on a Sunday morning in the shade of a pergola.
I hope you really enjoy these wines – this would be the ideal first box to buy!
This season’s Michael’s Choice box includes:
Môreson Miss Molly Bubbly
Snow Mountain Syrah 2014
Malkopbaai Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Kloof Street Chenin Blanc 2016
Journey’s End Pastor’ Blend 2015
Vondeline Rosé 2016
Jordan Chameleon Sauvignon Blanc/ Chardonnay