Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar

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Around twice a year, I visit the Swig world HQ (an office in Chiswick, west London) and taste some of the most delicious wines known to humanity. Next day I consult my notes, and realise that it is going to be almost impossible to make a choice. They are too good, too delectable and such amazing value that anyone would want to snap up cases of them all.

But maybe if you try this selection - two South African and two Italian wines - you will be tempted to browse Swig's catalogue and find even more treasures.

Take this delicious 2012 Sauvignon Blanc made in Constantia, South Africa, at Hussey's Vlei (1). You will have to buy it by mail order, because few of us could pronounce its name, Buitenverwachting, meaning 'beyond expectation'. It is like a combination of the finest French and NZ Sauvignons, having the steely firmness of the one and the deep fruitiness of the other.

A wonderful wine, wonderfully reduced by more than £30 a case to £9.95 a bottle.

Even more stunning is Moment of Silence 2011 (2), a blend from the Cape.

This includes Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier, and is very lightly oaked, just enough to bring out the luscious creaminess which offsets the peach and citric, tangerine flavours. …

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