The Wines Of Alex Dale: Good Hope, Vinum Africa, Radford Dale

The Winery Of Good Hope
Alex’s “entry level” label, The Winery of Good Hope offers terrific value for price. Dale minimizes the costs of packaging, releases the wines fresh, and doesn’t use any oak barrels for these wines, hence the low prices. The 2012 Good Hope Chenin Blanc offers up clean aromas of Granny Smith Apple, a hint of mineral, and a kiss of lime. It’s a perfect example of crisp, clean South African Chenin Blanc. The 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay is exactly that, pure fleshy white fruit with a hint of lemon blossom, that has a zippy, lip-smacking finish. The 2012 Pinotage is simply amazing. Forget what you may think of Pinotage. South Africa’s signature red grape, it was created in the early 20th century as a hybrid of Pinot Noir and Cinsault. This one is made with elegance in mind; therefore the fruit is de-stemmed and they only use the free-run juice. Think bright red berries, a hint of smoke, and a bright, fresh finish. This is unlike any other Pinotage you’ve ever had! You can even try this one with a slight chill, it’s a great bbq wine.
2012 The Winery of Good Hope Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch
White Wine; Chenin Blanc; South Africa;
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2012 The Winery of Good Hope Unoaked Chardonnay Western Cape
White Wine; Chardonnay; South Africa;
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2012 The Winery of Good Hope Pinotage Stellenbosch
Red Wine; Pinotage; South Africa;
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Vinum Africa
The Vinum Africa wines sport an etching that some have called an ancient tribal symbol, but it is just a clever way to write the word, Vinum. This line represents a step-up in quality, as the fruit comes from vineyards in the Stellenbosch region – the cool maritime breezes of this ocean-facing appellation create the ideal environment for growing grapes. Edouard Labeye heads the winemaking team bent on “staying out of the way” and letting the fruit and terroir do the talking. The 2011 Chenin Blanc was all hand harvested and 70% of it fermented on its lees in steel tank. The other 30% is divided among new, 1, 2, and 3-year old Burgundian barrels to give the wine more complexity and a rich texture. It shows aromas of white flowers, crisp limes, and a hint of cinnamon spice. The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon benefited from an idyllic “Indian Summer” where sugars and tannins ripened just as hoped for. The goal is to combine the structure of Old World Cabernets with the sense of place one finds in Stellenbosch. Deft oak treatment complements the brambly black cherry/blueberry fruit lending a cigar box nuance to the aromas. Earthy minerals appear on the mid-palate, and the finish is lively and complex. Again, for the price, this is pretty fancy stuff – Bravo!
2011 Vinum Africa Chenin Blanc
White Wine; Chenin Blanc; South Africa;
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2011 Vinum Africa Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch
Red Wine; Cabernet Sauvignon; South Africa;
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The 5 above wines are all packaged in screwcap.
Radford Dale
The flagship Radford Dale line sees modern winemaking combined with traditional values and sense of place, creating an exciting line of “some of the finest and rarest gems of The Cape Of Good Hope.” The Radford Dale Black Rock is a Shiraz-dominated blend with a tiny bit of Cinsault and Carignan. Strict grape selection is the key here. Once in the vineyard and again at the sorting table, assuring only the best makes its way into the blend. The aromas are of lavender, blueberries, strawberries, and spice; the mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smoky earthiness that wraps the package up nicely for the long, balanced finish. The 2011 Freedom Pinot Noir is named as such to both commemorate the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela and the freedom Alex now enjoys without the need to adhere to the restrictions imposed by the EU. Again, grape selection is strict and the hand harvest only occurs at sunrise, before the sun can raise daytime temperatures. The emphasis is on finesse and depth as the extraction is delicate. The wine finishes its fermentation in oak barrel, which imparts complexity and texture. The result is a finely textured, pedigreed Pinot Noir with an excellent mineral backbone, silky tannins, and delectable berry fruit. 
2011 Radford Dale Black Rock Red Wine Swartland
Red Wine; other red varietal; South Africa;
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2012 Radford Dale Pinot Noir Freedom Elgin
Red Wine; Pinot Noir; South Africa;
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Note: All wines can sort for 15% case discount, mix-and-match. Website will not calculate discount; we will apply it when we process your orders in our shop.

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