About this Offering

263: South Africa, Rhône, Alsace,
Paul Sapin's Southern Hemisphere, Champagne, Cognac and Whisky

South Africa’s beautiful Cape Winelands have a long history of wine production dating back to the 17th century. This history, however, was somewhat blighted by a reputation for poor wine quality not to mention slavery, the apartheid years and South Africa’s isolation from the rest of the world. Since the 1990s, I have witnessed a major transformation in the country and in wine production in the Cape. South Africa is producing wines that can, and do, compete with the best from the rest of the world. This Cellar Offering also features wines from the Rhône Valley and Alsace— mostly from the 2017 harvest, which has turned out to be a high-quality vintage for both. In addition, Champagne Doyard-Mahé is a small “Récoltant- Manipulant” producing Champagnes from six hectares in the small town of Vertus in the Côte des Blancs and you will find our annual selection of Cognacs and Whiskies.

What you can expect:

Number of countries featured: 6 (South Africa, France, Australia, New Zealand, Chile & Scotland)
Number of regions feratured: 18
Number of Products: 71
Number of wines featured: 61 
Number of specialty products: 10 (4 cognacs & 6 whiskies )
Total Number of NEW products: 10
Number of new products from South Africa: 7 (Including a new supplier Bosman Family Vineyards)
Number of new products from Rhône: 3
Maison de la Mirabelle was previously offered as a mixed case of 6 bottles. This year, it is offered as a Single Malt Whisky Mixed Case of 3 bottles

Jane's Coups de Coeur - 263 - How it works?

Opimian’s Master of Wine Jane Masters carefully tastes, selects and writes her tasting notes for each wine available in each Cellar Offering.

As part of this process we have asked her to select two wines ideal for drinking within the year and two wines worth cellaring. Here are her Coups de Coeur for Cellar Offering 263.


Ready to Drink


Cellaring Potential

LOT 1061
The Smuggler's Boot Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Western Cape, 2017
  LOT 1089
Château Saint-Bénézet. Les Hauts de Coste-Rives, AOC Costières de Nîmes, 2017

LOT 1060
Aristea Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, 2016

  LOT 1064
Kershaw Elgin Chardonnay 
Clonal Selection, Elgin, 2017

Bird's Eye View - 263 - How it works?

In his Bird’s Eye View feature, Carl will select 2 or 3 wines per offering that “catch his eye”. Each wine that is selected is one which Carl has personally tasted a previous vintage. As much as possible, Carl will taste the wine at the time the offering is active and will provide actual tasting notes for that wine. In some cases, it will be a wine that he has had often before and has enjoyed many times. Either way, you can be assured that he is giving his opinion based on having tasted previous vintages of the wine. After all, first-hand knowledge is the best kind of all. And wouldn’t everyone like to have a Bird’s Eye View of the world of wine?