I managed a few days in February while visiting latest grandchild in Joburg but slightly more time in November and hopefully catching up with old friends as well as new finds. We are also booked in for lunch at Wolfgat in Paternoster
Enjoy! And great after a walk on the beach.
Lay & Wheeler had their South Africa tasting last night - so have their usual SA September new releases out on their website today. Some overlap with the TWS offering but a few other producers there including Keermont and Richard Kershaw + the latest Minimalist Wines.
Hopefully this link should take you there!
I’m wondering if TWS will be selling the 2022 of Sam Lambson’s Stars in the Dark , it’s a hefty price at Lay and wheeler, it’s risen considerably since his first vintage in 2018, I think I paid less than £20 a bottle , they’re now looking for £30 in bond …
Wonder if @lockej or @horsleym coukd shed any light ? I’m building a vertical .
I bought the 2020 for £23 and the 2021 was £26, both from TWS, so assume we’ll see another rise.
I just paid £27 for the ‘No place like home’, not sure how that compares to Stars in the dark.
I bought ‘18 & ‘19 for L&W and then when TWS got on board bought ‘20 & ‘21 , I don’t want to miss the ‘22 but equally don’t want to miss the chance to purchase …. #firstworldproblems
They’re not selling it. It was mistakenly put on the website, i ordered it but got sent ‘no place like home’. When I contacted customer service they said they weren’t getting any in so couldn’t swap it.
Thanks for this …. Sorry you got the wrong wine , such a shame … I’ll pop on over to L&W then and cry at the cost of a case .
Pricing is really punchy, £30 ib! No place like home was £27 from TWS.
Maybe wait for confirmation from Jo or Matt. When I contacted member services about the stars ‘20 they said I’d missed it and it had all sold out, only for it to be released a few weeks later…
I agree - it would be odd for TWS not to have the 2022 vintage if Sam was at the recent SA tastings.
Edit: it was the 21 I ordered so they would have been referring to this when they said they were not getting more. So I’m sure they will have the 22 hopefully more keenly priced than L&W.
Hi @Leah ,
we have a South Africa Small Producers e-mail going out in November where we’ll be offering both the Stars in the Dark and No Place Like Home 2022 Syrahs.
Apologies @Matthew-8EAE4 if you have been told otherwise but at least they’ve not been and gone! Can’t confirm prices of these yet but we (currently) have it booked in to mail on the 20th November but (as has happened in the past) this is subject to change. Number of bottles will be restricted so hopefully everyone will have a good chance at securing some.
Will also feature wines from Crystallum, Lukas V-L, Hogan, Newton Johnson & Thistle and Weed so plenty of people to get their teeth stuck into.
Thanks for letting us know, it sounds exciting.
How do I ensure I get the email? Fine wine mails have missed me in the past.
This offer sounds like it could cost me a LOT , thanks for the clarification I’ll hang fire and hope I get some from TWS then .
Also, Alheit first release due in December for Cartology etc
I will be broke by then
I bought some Cartology 2019 last night - TWS has it for an excellent price, and it showed beautifully at the L&W tasting on Monday evening
I’ve got 3 bottles of Boekenhoutskloof ‘The Chocolate Block’, Swartland 2019 (https://www.thewinesociety.com/product/boekenhoutskloof-the-chocolate-block-swartland-2019)
Willing to let them go at cost for 21.5 each (cost + storage). It’s kept at TWS, so easy to transfer.
Please message if you are keen.
I have been sorely tempted by the Minimalist No place like home following @Inbar’s enticing review of a week or so ago. I was also getting very fidgety with my finger trembling in anticipation of pressing the buy button for some of the Van Loggenberg Shiraz, also @inbar’s fault, but thank heavens thats sold out now!!
So, new to the producer but caught up in the hype heralding Sam Lambson as the new Messiah of SA Shiraz, I did a bit of research.
Firstly, it blew me away to learn a farmer in SA can earn 4 times the money growing apples rather than premium level grapes…Amazing.
This wine is the product of very young vines only 15 years old in 21.
Although TWS pricing is good at £27 compared to low/mid £30’s elswhere on line, it only costs £14 in SA. Hmmmmm, I’ve written in the past concerning SA verses UK pricing making the point that one can quite often pick up internationally acclaimed wines cheaper in the UK than in SA. Certainly not the case with no place like home.
Greg Sherwood gave it a pretty good write up and 95 points.
Just not convinced if I’m spending my money on £27 worth of wine or the hype.