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South African Tasting PLUS Winemaker Joe Swick this Saturday!


09/07/17 @ 9:06pm

This Week's In-Store Tastings

Focus on South Africa
Thursday, September 7th, 6-8 p.m.

Paul Cluver Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $16, $14.40
David & Nadia Sadie Pinotage Siebritskloof 2015: $30, $27
Bauhouse Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: $16, $14.40

This Thursday, we'll be pouring a refined, elegant Sauvignon Blanc from the Elgin growing region, a minimal-intervention Pinotage from Swartland, and a juicy, easy-drinking California Cab to round things out.
 
Special Event: Tasting With Winemaker Joe Swick
Saturday, September 9th, 4-6 p.m.


Swick Melon de Bourgogne 2016: $26, $23.40
Swick Grenache 2016: $29, $26.10
Swick Pinot Noir 2016: $30, $27

 
Joe Swick is a fifth-generation Oregonian but a first-generation winemaker who, since his early 20s, has worked over 15 harvests around the world to arrive at his current level of winemaking expertise.  He cooperates closely with his growers, sourcing his fruit mostly from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, as well as Southern Washington State.  Joe frequently works without sulfur and tends to produce rich, full-bodied whites with extended skin contact as well as high-acid reds that show elegance as well as earth.  This Saturday, we are thrilled to welcome Joe to Nolita Wine Merchants, where he will be pouring our three favorites from his production.

A 10% in-store discount will apply to all wines featured at our in-store tastings.

Joseph Swick (second from left) and Nolita Wine Merchants crew.

Thursday, September 7th, 6-8 p.m.
 
Paul Cluver Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $16, $14.40

Paul Cluver Estate was the first established in the Elgin Valley on the Western Cape.  As a cooler-climate region than most of South Africa, Elgin’s terroir imparts lightness and elegance to the estate’s wines.  Cluver’s Elgin Sauvignon Blanc – which contains a portion of Semillon as well – is bright and clean, with passionfruit, gooseberry, and citrus on the nose, a creamy texture, and a mouthwatering finish.

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David & Nadia Sadie Pinotage Siebritskloof 2015: $30, $27

Forget the smoke and rubber you associate with Pinotage. Floral aromas and juicy berries are framed by brisk acidity and accented by a suggestion of blood orange.?

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Bauhouse Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: $16, $14.40

Aromas of blackberry jam, clove, and pepper entice on this casual, light-bodied Cabernet.  No need to cellar with these easygoing tannins, and – thanks to the name and label – you’ll be showered with geeky credit when you show up at the barbecue.?

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Saturday, September 9th, 4-6 p.m.
 
Swick Wines Melon de Bourgogne 2016: $26, $23.40

Joe Swick’s cloudy, unfiltered, demi-orange wine is light-bodied, with a rounded texture and tart finish.  Skin contact and barrel-aging bring out some similarities with Muscadet, but the soil type is completely different, and this specimen packs a lot more punch and character.  White peach, grapefruit, and pear predominate, with a touch of salt.

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Swick Wines Grenache Rouge 2016: $29, $26.10

Joe’s Grenache comes off as if you dipped your glass into the barrel. The grapes are fermented whole cluster to give a fresh-fruitiness of organic blueberries with a note of black pepper. This is a wonderful wine to walk with into the Peking Duck House!

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Swick Wines Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2016: $30, $27

A blend of two vineyards from the cooler areas of Yamhill Carlton and the volcanic soil laden Eola Amity Hill. The results show the complexities that Oregon carries with its Pinot Noirs by showcasing dark cherries, clove, and subtle smoke from the underground volcanic mother rock.

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