"This Burgundy comes from a district just south of Auxerre and Chablis, which has recently been replanted after being abandoned due to the ravages of phylloxera in the nineteenth century. The 2016 vintage suffered both from excessive frost and hail, but fortunately this vineyard was spared and has produced a beautifully balanced Burgundy which is elegant and refreshing with very good length – and exceptional value."
"The Meifort is usually a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc but on this occasion it is 100% Merlot in a special bottling made for Swig. One of the oldest wineries in the Cape, this is not for the faint-hearted as it tips the scales at 15% but it has enough stuffing cope with it. It is an old-fashioned wine with a heavy saturation of black fruit plus smokiness, which is reminiscent of a Graves wine in Bordeaux. It would be ideal with any hearty dish, including steak or game. Although it is perfectly drinkable now, it will easily last another five or ten years. There is only two barrels of this available, which means less than 50 cases, so don’t delay."
"This award-winning wine is made from Malbec vines planted by an Italian family just before the First World War. Located more than 3,000 feet above sea level, it is situated in the region that produces the finest Malbec wines in Argentina. It has an elegant hint of plum and cherry with a smoothness that doubtless comes from having such a low yield from these old vines. Given that it is matured in French barrels there is also some oak, but overall, this is an elegant understated wine which has more in common with Bordeaux than its neighbouring siblings. A real bargain."