PUBLIK started as a wine bar in 2013 with the simple concept of finding quality, lesser known wines and sharing these with wine drinkers eager to discover something new.
Over time we forged relationships with some great independent producers and became a distributor supplying these wines to the trade too, yet the concept has remained the same: to share quality wines we feel offer great interest and value.
More on the contents of the curated PUBLIK case
PUBLIK focuses on the unusual grape varieties, though we work across the spectrum, with this case highlighting a few of our favourites shows. This includes Sauvignon Blanc, which in my view needs a mineral, steely edge to bring out its best character.
Being served with some rich food to offset the acidity also adds another level. Made by winemaker Peter-Allan Finlayson at this leading Overberg cellar, the Gabrielskloof Sauvignon Blanc 2017 does just this and screams for a good pork terrine with some pickles and toasted sourdough bread.
In a time where good Chenin Blanc is everywhere, it takes a great value one to stand out. The Carinus Chenin Blanc 2018 definitely qualifies. Danie and Hugo Carinus farm vineyards across the Cape, supplying top producers with fruit. They also make a small amount of their own wine with winemaker Lukas van Loggerenberg and are just the type of artisan, family-run operation we love to work with.
Conflict of interest alert! The Alphabetical label is my own side project and something that has blossomed in the last year with the addition of a rosé, which (rather unusually) we decided to make rather serious.
Alphabetical Rosé 2017 is a blend of Mourvedre and Cinsault from Darling that spends a full year in old barrels to end up light, yet with a round texture that lends itself to far more than just pool-side consumption. We call it the all-year rosé.
At PUBLIK, we love alternative grape varieties like Verdelho, Roussanne, Trincadeira, Albarino and more. They offer new flavours and often superb value compared with the more commercial varieties. So when Radford Dale produced this THIRST Gamay Noir 2017 we were delighted.
It’s a complex mix of tangy, tart, fruity and spicy flavours that are incredibly drinkable with just an 11% alcohol content. The next time you’re the host, take this out the fridge when your guests arrive and serve with some cured meats and hard cheeses while you prepare dinner.
It’s an enjoyable conversation topic on its own!
Thank goodness for the renaissance of lighter style red wines in South Africa. Sure, we love a good Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux blend, but these lighter reds are far more versatile.
Pinot Noir isn’t exactly a new trend but pop the cork on the Fledge & Co “Katvis” Pinot Noir 2016 and you’ll see why its the perennial favourite.
Grenache-based blends, on the other hand, are very much in vogue. A side label of the Rust en Vrede farm, this Donkiesbaai Rooiwijn 2017 is from Grenache, Cinsault & Syrah picked in the Piekenierskloof then sent to Stellenbosch where its made into a light yet complex, textured red.
Equally at home on the table with grilled lamb chops or a chunky ribeye steak as it is sipped on its own from a tumbler, wines like this are part of the exciting future that is our local wine world.