Unveiling South African Wine: Exploring Hidden Gems through Message In A Bottle

Co-founders, Mark and Annette du Plessis

Embark on a journey of taste and emotion as you delve into the enchanting world of South African wines. From the picturesque vineyards of the Cape wine-growing areas to the hands of passionate winemakers, each bottle carries a unique message waiting to be discovered. In this article, we invite you to explore the exceptional collection curated by Message In A Bottle, a specialized distributor founded by wine enthusiasts Annette and Mark du Plessis. Get ready to be captivated by their three exclusive allocation wines that embody the essence of South African winemaking.

The 1947, 2022 vintage, Kaapzicht

The 1947, 2022 vintage, Kaapzicht

First on our list is ‘The 1947,’ a remarkable Chenin Blanc crafted by the fourth-generation Steytler family winemakers at Kaapzicht. This extraordinary wine originates from an ancient bush vine, planted in the historic year of 1947, earning it the distinction of being the second oldest Chenin Blanc block in South Africa. Certified as a Heritage Vineyard by the prestigious Old Vine Project, ‘The 1947′ carries the guarantee of its Old Vine connection through a Certified Heritage Vine authentication. The wine entices the senses with a super complex and spicy aroma intertwined with hints of wet straw, citrus, and honeyed peaches. Upon sipping, one experiences a full-bodied, plump texture with layers of tangerine peel, naartjie pulp, and lychee, revealing the winemakers’ meticulous craftsmanship.

The 2022 vintage of ‘The 1947’ launches globally on June 16th, with just 900 bottles available worldwide, 60 of which will find their way to Singapore. This rare gem is priced at SGD 128.

Steytler, 2020, Kaapzicht

Next, we present Steytler, a 2020 vintage Pinotage from Kaapzicht. This wine encapsulates the quintessential South African winemaking traditions, showcasing forcefulness and subtlety. Cultivated from a block of bush vines planted in 1995 on Koffieklip soils, the grapes are carefully hand-harvested and undergo whole-berry fermentation using cultured biodynamic yeast. The result is a wine that seduces the palate with its dominant cherry and red fruit aromas, accompanied by intriguing notes of ink and vanilla. Spice and richness add depth and complexity, creating an earthy and elegant finish.

Renowned wine critics Tim Atkin and Neal Martin Report awarded this outstanding Pinotage with 92 points. Available for SGD 128, this wine is a testament to the harmonious marriage of tradition and innovation.

Anna Louise Cuvee MCC, 2011, Domaine Des Dieux

Our final hidden gem is the Anna Louise Cuvee MCC 2011 from Domaine Des Dieux, an exquisite boutique winemaker. Crafted in select years from dry-land farmed Chardonnay grapes, this elegant and enduring sparkling wine culminates eleven years of patient refinement. Named in honour of the family’s great-grandmother, the Anna Louise Cuvee boasts a limited production of only 2,795 bottles. The wine greets the senses with the sweet aromas of pear, peach, and baked apple, complemented by delicate brioche notes. Thanks to extensive cork ageing, it offers a rounded and multidimensional expression of Hemel-en-Aarde Chardonnay, expertly balancing its natural acidity.

The Anna Louise Cuvee remains an exclusive treasure, available solely in Singapore through Message In A Bottle, priced at SGD 128.

Annette and Mark du Plessis

Annette and Mark du Plessis, the visionary couple behind Message In A Bottle, invite you to embark on a voyage of discovery and celebration through the exquisite wines of South Africa. Each bottle carries a story of passion, dedication, and heritage, waiting to be unfolded with every sip. As the messengers of these remarkable tales, they bring you affordable wines with captivating stories, allowing you to experience the rich tapestry of South African winemaking. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this extraordinary journey.

Get ready to sip on some South African wine and experience the magic of its vineyards. Embrace the allure of these wines and let them transport you to the sun-kissed land of the Rainbow Nation. Cheers to the hidden gems that await your palate!

For more information, please visit https://messageinabottle.sg 

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