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The Advanced Buying Guide for the July issue of Wine Enthusiast released the following new reviews (Click Here for the full guide):

Bayten Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – 90 points “Best Buy”
Clean and lively, this dazzles with fresh aromas of green melon, plum and lemon curd that are accented by herbal notes of fresh-cut grass and sweet pea. The palate is prickly and nervy, with oodles of bright, mouthwatering citrus flavors and a touch of underripe peach. Best Buy. —L.B.

Indaba Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – 89 points “Best Buy”
This crisp, clean white offers upfront scents of freshly dried grass, orange peel, lemon custard and fresh mint. The palate shows great balance between the flavors of ripe apple flesh, strawberry hull and bright, citrusy acidity, while the herbal inflections return to accent the medium-length finish. Best Buy. —L.B.

Beyond Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – “Best Buy”
A floral character that leads the way on the nose of this lively wine, expressed in notes of lemon verbena, clover and baby’s breath. Behind are fruity tones of white melon, peach and lime that provide a solid core to the lightweight mouthfeel. The lime pith-flavored finish is tart and refreshing. Best Buy. —L.B.

Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2017 – “Best Buy”
There’s a strong green, herbal edge to the nose of this refreshing white, expressed in waves of lime peel, peppery herbs and green bean. The lightweight and direct palate offers pithy citrus tones that lend a pleasant astringency to the tart finish. Best Buy. —L.B.

The June 15th issue of Wine Spectator includes the annual South African report, entitled “Work in Progress.” To read the article Click Here. Winemakers, Carl van der Merwe (DeMorgenzon) and Abrie Beeslaar (Kanonkop) are both quoted. DeMorgenzon, Bartinney, Mvemve Raats, Kanonkop and Excelsior are all referenced as well. On the last page you will find “James Molesworth’s Recommended Wines from SA.” MR 2015 is included under “Top Wines” and DMZ Chardonnay, Glenelly Glass Collection Chardonnay, Raats Original Chenin Blanc, Beyond Sauvignon Blanc, Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon and Indaba Chardonnay are all listed as “Top Values.”

Additionally, Wine Spectator’s Bruce Sanderson released his 2016 Burgundy preview from his trip there earlier this year. Philippe Pacalet is included and quoted. Click Here for the article.

Bruce Sanderson’s Recommended 2016 Burgundies
All wines included in this report were tasted non-blind, at the properties in Burgundy. For those buying pre-arrivals, or who want to get a jump on small-production, highly allocated wines, the following wines were highlights of senior editor Bruce Sanderson’s tastings—many still in barrel or otherwise unfinished—in Burgundy in February. Some 2016 whites, for example Mâconnais and Chablis, are beginning to arrive in the U.S. now. His full tasting report on the bottled 2016 red Burgundies will be published next year, with official scores, tasting notes and recommended drink windows.
Philippe Pacalet
Chablis Beauroy (89-92 points)
Chambolle-Musigny Les Sentiers (91-94 points)
Clos Vougeot (93-96 points)
Corton-Bressandes (92-95 points)
Corton-Charlemagne (92-95 points)
Echézeaux (93-96 points)
Gevrey-Chambertin (89-92 points)
Meursault Charmes (92-95 points)
Nuits-St.-Georges (90-93 points)
Nuits-St.-Georges Aux Argillas (91-94 points)

New Cape Classics Spec Sheets & Shelf Talkers!
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Cape Classics is discussed in the May 1st edition of Shanken’s Impact Newsletter in the article “Premium-Plus Imports Thrive in U.S., As Italy Leads the Pack.”

“South African wine has been struck in neutral in the U.S. for years, but in 2017 it saw an 8% uptick to 900,000 case shipments. New York City-based Cape Classics is the leading U.S. importer of South African wines, with volume at around 300,000 cases. Chairman and CEO Andre Shearer says the Bayten and Jam Jar brands have been performing well, with Jam Jar at 85,000 cases last year and Bayten at around 10,000 cases. But he says plenty of work remains for the South Africa category. Meanwhile, Cape Classics has been expanding its French portfolio, which now accounts for about 10% of the business and includes brands like Le Roi des Pierres from Sancerre and Petite Sirene from Bordeaux.”


Philippe Pacalet is quoted in The Guardian’s article, “Has Wine Gone Bad?” about natural wine advocates who feel everything about the modern industry is ethically, ecologically and aesthetically wrong. (Click Here for the full read.)

In the June 15th issue of Wine Spectator, Domaine Paul Buisse Crémant de Loire NV is featured under France in the “Global Bubblies” article. (Click Here for the article)
That’s a Wrap on our Annual South African Winemaker Tour! Over the past two weeks our winemakers have taken the U.S. by storm, collectively visiting Boston, Newport, Cape Cod, New York City, DC, Orlando, Orange County, San Diego, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Nashville, Charleston and Austin!

Spotted! Indaba Wines by the glass at the Mosvold Villa in Sri Lanka. Pictured here: Andre and Mosvold’s sommelier, Ellen.

Real time updates from the Indaba Education Fund & Indaba Montessori Institute


An excerpt from an interview with Christelle Jansen, one of our IEF bursary students..

“And in that moment my life changed completely. Before this course, I didn’t know the Montessori method, I didn’t know how to care for a child completely. In a short space of time,  I started recognising that caring for a child is not only giving them food and shelter. It’s giving them the most nutritious food, it’s empowering a child to believe in themselves, it’s finding out what the child’s interests and how to follow the child’s interests. Caring for a child means talking to them with respect and love and attention.

And so, my own mindset began to change. I started watching my language around my daughter and I started behaving in a calm manner. I stopped getting annoyed for little things and I began to question myself a lot. I started living and breathing Montessori. Naturally, my family, friends and community began noticing the changes in me. They started asking me so many questions and I began to explain Montessori to them. I believe that If I can change at least one mother or father’s mind, I am convinced that we will see change in the community and in the world.

How has this bursary and course helped me? It changed my life. I have hopes and dreams now when before, I was hopeless. I dream about opening thousands of schools in every community and teaching the whole world about Maria Montessori! I also want to become a role model for my daughter, I want her to believe that with anything, absolutely anything is possible.”

In September Cape Classics celebrated its 25th Anniversary! To commemorate we will be sharing stories over the course of the next year…


“The most pivotal moment while working at Cape Classics was the day we visited the Sustainability Institute and met the teachers and children at the school, to see first-hand how the Indaba Education Fund is aiding in creating a brighter more positive future for the children. The experience made me feel so proud and privileged to work for a company that is concerned enough to act and give back.” – Emma van Eyk, Cape Classics Operations Manager, South Africa

For pricing, allocation and inventory information please contact your Cape Classics Regional Sales Manager or feel free to reply with any inquires. Cheers!

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