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Finca La Emperatriz

A rare producer for Rioja, La Emperatriz is a single vineyard estate. Situated in the far north-west of the D.O, the site also benefits from extremely poor soil and hard ground covered in a carpet of white rocks. Perfect for premium red wine grapes, especially Tempranillo. The estate is named after its original owner, The Empress of France. Wife of Napoleon III and mother of the Prince Imperial. The Prince Imperial having served in the British Army following his fathers defeat by Germany, and exiled to England. It was whilst serving as a Lieutenant attached to the Royal Engineers he met his untimely death here in South Africa during a skirmish with Zulu’s in [...]
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50 cases gone in a flash

By Nov 17, 2015 0 comment
One of the joys of specialising in small producers and boutique estates is the occasional access we have to unique, once-off products. We are always on the lookout for such items, and take great excitement in sourcing them and providing them for our private customers. A chance meeting Two years ago, while at The Wine […]
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The perfect food and wine pairing

  When Frogitt & Vonkel owners; Clare and John Woodward first moved to South Africa in 2004, one of the first friendships they made were with Chef Craig Cormack and his wife, Heather. At the time Craig Cormack was the Executive Chef at the nearby Village Hotel at Spier Wine Estate. John fondly recalls; “I […]
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A toast to ‘Freedom’

By Nov 05, 2015 0 comment
  South African produced Radford Dale, the premium label from The Winery of Good Hope has been a firm presence on the Frogitt & Vonkel wine list for over 10 years now. Ever since the label’s inception, proprietor Alex Dale had been conscientiously perfecting the art of producing Pinot Noir to world-class standards, driven by […]
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Wine Growing Regions

By Aug 18, 2015 2 comments
Bot River Known for producing delicate wines with pure fruit flavours, Bot River falls within the Cape South Coast Region of South Africa. Bordering on Elgin, Bot River is considered to be the gateway to Walker Bay and has its own maritime microclimate. The uniqueness of the region’s wines comes from the cool ocean breezes […]
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