Cape Rock White, Olifants River, South Africa 2016

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Cape Rock White, Olifants River, South Africa 2016

18.95

If you have ever been to the races, you may be familiar with the situation where a horse is backed at big odds, but by the time you have clocked what's going on, the price has come tumbling down and the horse has become a skinny-priced favourite. You decide that the odds no longer represent good value and back another horse, only to feel like the loneliest person in the world when the favourite romps home to the cheers of the everyone except you, as you quietly scrumple up the betting slip in your pocket and head for the exit.

That's also how it feels when you discover a cult wine after everybody else has bought it before it became popular. If you would like to avoid that unpleasant feeling, then may we suggest you buy this wine now, before it develops a following. You can then hang around Shoreditch telling people you knew it before it was famous. 

The Olifants River is a wine-growing district about 200 miles due north of Cape Town and is the source of some of South Africa's most sought-after white wines (e.g. Eben Sadie's Skurfberg, Chris Alheit's Cartology). The Cape Rock White is a blend of Grenache Blanc and Viognier and it gives a nod to some of the mineral-inflected Grenache Blancs that you find in the South of France, but softened by the rounder Viognier. The aromas spring out like a jack-in-the-box, with preserved lemon, beeswax and barley sugar. The palate is full of flavour, yet surprisingly light at 11.5% alc. A very stylish white indeed that could easily sell for £30 and probably will, so get in there now, you clever hipsters! Drink now-2019.

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