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October 2022 Tasting Notes

The Wolftrap, White Blend, Western Cape, South Africa

Blend of Chenin Blanc, Viognier, and Grenache Blanc. A bold nose entices with its
abundance of nectarine, peach melba, and stewed apple aromas with delicate whiffs of lemon meringue. The white peach character of the nose follows through onto the mid-palate with flavors of lemon verbena, quince, and chives. The palate is soft, smooth, and medium-bodied yet with vibrant, integrated acidity. The wine has a slightly spicy finish with hints of nettles, flint, and preserved lemons.

In 1652 Jan van Riebeeck, a Dutch surgeon, eager to find a way to relieve the symptoms of
scurvy, suggested to the Dutch East India Company that the Cape Province of South Africa
would be suitable for growing grapes. Nine years later the first wine was pressed from grapes
grown on cuttings brought from France. he owners of Boekenhoutskloof have revamped an
ancient cellar, and have installed state-of-the-art equipment as well as a quality maturation
cellar. Marc Kent is the winemaker for the Boekenhoutskloof wines as well as the range of
wines called Porcupine Ridge.


There are approximately 20 hectares of vines at Boekenhoutskloof - 25% of which are planted to white varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier; and 75% of which consist of reds: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. All vineyards employ extended double perold trellises. The soil types are not homogenous, ranging from deep, rich alluvial soils along the river’s edge to iron ridge clay on hillsides with areas of decomposed granite.

Caposaldo, Pinot Grigio, Veneto, Italy

In northern Italy’s Delle Venezie region, the Pinot Grigio vines are planted to hillside vineyards
situated 750 feet above sea level, where they benefit from well-drained, mineral rich, volcanic
basaltic rock and calcareous clay soils. After handpicking, the grapes were gently guided
through a pneumatic press, followed by inoculation with selected yeasts and three weeks of
cold fermentation. Malolactic fermentation was avoided to promote fresh acidity, and the wine is not oak aged, allowing the grapes’ varietal character to remain prominent.

Features a dry, crisp, vibrant texture and delicate aromas of white fruit, flowers and almonds.

Caposaldo blends a handcrafted approach to winemaking with cutting-edge quality standards
and techniques, so that it stands as a benchmark of iconic Italian wines.


The fruit for each Caposaldo wine is hand harvested from prime growing areas in the classic
Italian wine regions of Tuscany, the Veneto and Lombardy. Modern scientific techniques are
used in the cellar, including cold temperature stainless steel fermentations and judicious use of oak, resulting in a pure expression of each wine type.

Medici Ermete, Secco Lambrusco, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Color: intense ruby red. 
Bouquet: pleasant and persistent with violet scent. 
Taste: dry, fruity, fresh, lively and pleasantly harmonious.
Color: intense ruby red. 
Bouquet: pleasant and persistent with violet scent. 
Taste: dry, fruity, fresh, lively and pleasantly harmonious.

Hex Vomn Dasenstein, Pinot Noir, Baden, Germany

The Pinot Noir is bottled in a hand-painted embossed bottle, depicting the namesake of the
vineyard, riding on a goat with her broomstick. Today, the Hex vom Dasenstein vineyard
produces some of Germany's best Pinot Noir/Spätburgunder. The dark red ruby red wine
combines a fine fruit bouquet with a warm full body.

Intercept, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California

Intercept Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of ripe blackberries, red currants, and dried herbs.
The wine is full-bodied with flavors of baking spice and plush ripe fruit with a long, fine-
grained tannin finish. 

When making Intercept Cabernet Sauvignon we target vineyards sites with well-draining soils
and good exposure. This helps us create a juicy, full-bodied wine. We age our Cabernet
Sauvignon in French and Eastern European Oak for 18 months.

Chronic Cellars “Suite Petite”, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles, California

The dark inky color of the petite sirah can't be mistaken in this wine. aromas of cigar spice and meaty notes finished with fresh cracked pepper. On the palate, fruits consist of sweet cherry, blackberries, and juicy blueberry with brown sugar and spiced notes. The nice lingering finish from the tannins keeps you thinking about her long after she's gone.

Chronic Cellars was started by Josh and Jake Beckett in 2004. The Beckett's have extensive
experience working at their family winery, Peachy Canyon. With Chronic their aim was to
produce fun but serious wines targeted at those of a casual lifestyle. Their first release was in
2008. Their wines are a true reflection of what the Paso Robles wine region has to offer. Every
bottle showcases beautiful fruit grown in local vineyards by meticulous growers who recognize and share the same desire for high quality. They use the best grapes, barrels, equipment and anything they can get their hands on to produce enjoyable delicious wines. The results speak for themselves, Chronic has sold out every vintage since their initial release. In fact we at Vision Wine Brands were put on a two year waiting list as they expanded their production to meet the demand for the wines. In our opinion it has been worth the wait and are delighted to welcome the latest addition to our California portfolio.

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