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Located at the foot of the Bains Kloof Pass below the towering Hawequa mountains in the Wellington region of the Western Cape, 'Napier Vineyards' are named after Sir George Napier, who was the governor of the Cape from 1837-1843. With 90 hectares of vines, including prime parcels on red 'Tukulu' and ancient 'Vilafontes' soils, planted with diverse international grape varieties, the estate has an enviably broad palette of fruit from which to blend its wines.

Our tasting team were really impressed by the 'Sainte Catherine' Chardonnay that hails from a small single vineyard. Head wine-maker Leon Bester vinifies the wine in French oak barrels (30% new) and it is matured on its fine lees for 6 months before bottling. The finished wine has a lovely golden colour, toasty top notes and a ripe tropical fruit palate with a lovely creamy texture and an elegant, dry finish. Barbecued prawns with a chilli and mango salsa would be an ideal food accompaniment.

The estate's most-acclaimed wine is the 'Red Medallion' that is made from a 'Bordeaux' blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Each grape variety is vinified individually for 12 months before Leon assiduously builds the blend. The wine is then matured for a further year in 300 litre barrels before bottling and is then aged in bottle for a further 2 years before release. The terrific 2013 vintage is now drinking beautifully with inviting kirsch and cassis scents and a complex palate of baked earth, crushed mint and stewed black fruits over a framework of fondant tannins.

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  1. Aloxe-Corton: Domaine François Gay & Fils 2017
    Bottle
    £35.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £426.00
  2. Pernand-Vergelesses: Domaine François Gay & Fils 2018
    Bottle
    £32.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £384.00
  3. Mâcon-Vergisson: Domaine de Roncevaux 'La Roche' 2017
    Bottle
    £19.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £234.00
  4. Pouilly-Fuissé: Domaine de Roncevaux 'Minéralys' 2017
    Bottle
    £24.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £291.00
  5. AOC Fleurie: Domaine de Fa 2017
    Bottle
    £22.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £264.00
    Magnum
    £45.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £270.00
  6. Gevrey-Chambertin: Domaine Henri Richard 'Aux Corvées' 2015
    Bottle
    £45.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £540.00
  7. Chablis: Domaine Christophe Camu 'Beauroy' Premier Cru 2018
    Bottle
    £23.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £279.00
  8. Stellenbosch: Migliarina Chenin Blanc 2017
    Bottle
    £18.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £222.00
  9. Nuits-Saint-Georges: Domaine Gavignet-Béthanie et Filles 'Les Athées' Blanc 2016
    Bottle
    £29.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £359.40
  10. Napier Winery: 'Saint Catherine' Chardonnay 2017
    Bottle
    £18.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £222.00
  11. Chablis: Domaine Christophe Camu Grand Cru 'Les Clos' 2017
    Bottle
    £47.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £570.00
  12. Chablis: Domaine Christophe Camu 2018
    Bottle
    £17.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £210.00
  13. Chablis: Domaine Christophe Camu 2017
    Magnum
    £45.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £270.00
    Half Bottle
    £9.85
    Half Bottle (Case)
    £236.40
  14. Bourgogne Aligoté: Christian Bellang Fils 2018
    Bottle
    £13.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £159.00
  15. Beaujolais Villages: Arnaud Aucoeur 'Vieilles Vignes' Blanc 2017
    Bottle
    £13.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £159.00
  16. Wellington: Migliarina Grenache 2017
    Bottle
    £19.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £237.00
  17. Vosne Romanée: Domaine Misset-Cheron 'Les Barreaux' 2013
    Bottle
    £48.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £576.00
  18. Stellenbosch: Migliarina Syrah 2015
    Bottle
    £18.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £222.00
  19. Pommard: Closerie des Alisiers 'La rue au Port' 2017
    Bottle
    £39.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £477.00
  20. Nuits-Saint-Georges: Domaine Gavignet-Béthanie et Filles 1er Cru 'Les Poulettes' Rouge 2015
    Bottle
    £44.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £528.00
    Magnum
    £98.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £588.00
  21. Napier Winery: 'Red Medallion' 2013
    Bottle
    £23.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £282.00
  22. Morgon: Arnaud Aucoeur 'Tradition Vieilles Vignes' 2017
    Bottle
    £14.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £179.40
  23. Clos de Vougeot: Domaine Paul Misset Grand Cru 2015
    Bottle
    £99.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £1,188.00
  24. Charmes-Chambertin: Domaine Henri Richard Grand Cru 2013
    Bottle
    £110.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £1,320.00
  25. Chambolle Musigny: Domaine Misset-Cheron 'Les Condemennes' 2014
    Bottle
    £45.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £540.00
  26. Bourgogne Pinot Noir: Closerie des Alisiers 2017
    Bottle
    £15.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £191.40
  27. Beaune: Domaine François Gay & Fils 1er Cru 'Les Teurons' 2016
    Bottle
    £36.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £432.00
  28. Beaujolais Villages: Arnaud Aucoeur 'Vieilles Vignes' 2016
    Bottle
    £11.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £143.40
  29. Beaujolais en Besset: Domaine de Fa 2017
    Bottle
    £15.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £191.40
  30. AOC Saint-Amour: Domaine de Fa 2017
    Bottle
    £23.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £282.00
  31. AOC Marsannay: Closerie des Alisiers 'Vieilles Vignes' 2017
    Bottle
    £27.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £330.00
  32. Bourgogne Chardonnay: Closerie des Alisiers 2017
    Bottle
    £14.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £171.00
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