Coaltrain Fine Wines
Our August Wines of the Month
2015 Neil Ellis Left Bank Red Blend | Stellenbosch, South Africa
$16.99 · SALE $12.99
In the 1980s, after working at several wineries, including Groot Constantia, Neil Ellis became the first South African winemaker to go out on his own without ownership of any vineyards. Since then Neil Ellis Wines has established a reputation as one of South Africa’s finest wineries (or wine farms as the locals call them). He now makes wines from a combination of purchased fruit and vineyards that he has acquired over the course of the last three decades. The Left Bank was created to be an affordable red blend based on the wines of the left bank of the Gironde River in Bordeaux where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns supreme. Although the percentages vary from vintage to vintage, Left Bank is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. The fruit is sourced from multiple sustainably farmed vineyards throughout the Western Cape Region. This is really an exceptional wine for the money. Give it 20 to 30 minutes to open up and the Cabernet comes to the fore with aromas of saddle leather and rich black fruits. Medium to full bodied with good depth of fruit and a nice slightly smoky finish. Excellent with grilled meats.
2019 Sixpence Sauvignon Blanc Semillon | Breedekloof, South Africa
$12.99 · SALE $10.99
East of Paarl and Stellenbosch, about an hour and a half drive from Cape Town is the Slanghoek Valley. Here in another perfect valley for wine grape cultivation is the Opstal Wine Farm. Founded in 1847, the estate has become famous for its Carl Everson Chenin Blanc, one of South Africa’s finest. They also make a line of wines they call Sixpence; a red and a white for every day drinking they call their Lifestyle Range. The white is a blend of equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, similar to a white Bordeaux. The Semillon adds tropical fruit nuances and a touch of lemon while the Sauvignon Blanc gives acidity and freshness. If you want a summer porch pounder with a bit more substance look no further. Recommended pairing; chicken salad and seafood.
2019 Pannonica Rosé | Burgenland, Austria
$13.99 · Sale $11.99
In Burgenland Austria, at the base of the rolling Leithaberg Hills is the beautiful Lake Neusiedl. On the shores of this lake, are the family owned vineyards of Hoëpler Winery. We were fortunate enough to have Louise Hoëpler visit us and host a very successful tasting back in March. One wine in particular we just couldn’t get enough of was their Pannonica Rosé. Pannonica is how Romans referred to Burgenland. Pannonica Rose is a blend of Blaufrankisch, St. Laurent (Austrian varietals) and Pinot Noir. Light and refreshing with flavors of strawberry, pomegranate and a splash of minerality, it finishes crisp and clean. This is your summer rose although we recommend drinking it year round! Best enjoyed on the patio, by the pool, golfing, camping…you get what we’re trying to say.
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