Women in Wine

By Allie Hypes

Beneath the grape and beyond the bottle of every wine stand the humans and stories that imbue each drop a life’s taste. Be it the prowess of recognition by chateau or humble decadence of organic fermentation the humanity of wine making is palpable, though so often lost amidst the primacy of imbibing, like so many ancient traditions made daily routine. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the predominant assumption within wine- be it the selling, the tasting, the voices or knowledge we recognise- appears to be male.
Which as we all know is not only a false bias but a product of global socio-cultural nuances that frankly extend beyond the confines of this wine protégée’s pay grade.
The bottom line is this: Women are wine, just like their male counterparts; our stories, sense of taste, and undeniable skill are intrinsically vital to understanding and honouring a trade whose story continues to unfold.
So, this is a fervent and resounding show of acknowledgement and support for giving due credit to the diverse array of stories and humans behind wine, specifically the women at the helm of wines we know and love.
Below is all the wine we sell that owes its existence to the women that craft it. Because at the end of the day, don’t we all?
Angeline Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 75cl
Peter's thoughts: "It is rich, loads of blueberries and freshly picked blackberries. The palate is balanced, a spicy note with a core of tobacco and leather and an elegant long finish. 90/100"  Growing up in the San Joaquin Valley and...
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Chateau Haut Rian Bordeaux Blanc Sec 2019 37.5cl
"Bright with lovely apricot aromas and then some peach skin and citrus on the palate. A really lovely fresh and clean style of white Bordeaux" Peter's Points: 88 Michel Dietrich and his wife Isabelle originate from Champagne and Alsace and...
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6% offChateau Haut Rian Rose 2019 75cl
"A little dusty earth coming off with fresh floral notes coming off. Loads of strawberry and a hint of white pepper coming off. " Peter's Points: 89 Michel Dietrich and his wife Isabelle originate from Champagne and Alsace and they spent...
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Chateau Haut Rian Rouge 2017 75cl
"A bright fresh red with sweeter blackberry fruit. The palate has the cabernet noticeable with earthy, veggie fruit coming through. Very soft, gentle tannin and a little spice on the finish." Peter's Points: 88 Michel Dietrich and his wife Isabelle originate...
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Chateau Haut Rian Rouge 2018 37.5cl
"A bright fresh red with sweeter blackberry fruit. The palate has the cabernet noticeable with earthy, veggie fruit coming through. Very soft, gentle tannin and a little spice on the finish." Peter's Points: 88 Michel Dietrich and his wife Isabelle...
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Chateau Siaurac 2014 75cl
"Attractive truffle, graphite and plum notes intermixed with mocha and black cherry cascade from the glass of this supple, chunky, fleshy wine. There is good glycerin, purity and overall character to this wine, which can be drunk over the next...
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Domaine Fiona Leroy Maranges Blanc 2018 75cl
Established in the Maranges AOC by the young, and dynamic, producer Fiona Leroy. Moreover, the 2018 is her first vintage. The domaine is situated in the attractive and secluded village of Dezize-Les-Maranges at the most southerly point of the Cote...
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Only 1 leftFalse Bay "Bush Vine" Pinotage 2014 75cl
Perfect Pinotage - youthful, vibrant and fruity. This wine has a bright nose of summer pudding and cream. The palate has a savoury earthiness redolent of its sandy provenance. An independent company, owned by Waterkloof founder Paul Boutinot, False Bay...
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Only 1 leftFalse Bay "Old School" Syrah 2017 75cl
Very smart varietal Shiraz, savoury but polished and seriously appealing. Dark garnet with a violet rim. Fresh lifted berry fruit that draws you in! Full yet elegant with bramble aromas and cream, cassis and black cherry flavours on the palate...
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False Bay "Windswept" Sauvignon Blanc 2020 75cl
Elderflower, citrus and pear galore - a lovely bracing Sauvignon Blanc. An independent company, owned by Waterkloof founder Paul Boutinot, False Bay Vineyards aims to make 'real' wine affordable. These are sustainable certified wines bottled in South Africa and naturally...
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Only 1 leftMar 7 Manzanilla Sherry 75cl
Vinos Mar 7 are found in the centre of Sanlucar de Barrameda in a unique and privileged spot, given that it is a site on which a century old winery began. The location, from which wines have been cultivated since...
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Only 1 leftRola de Branco 2018 75cl
"On the palate this wine reveals a very fresh and crisp grip, reporting citric and tropical fruits to your tastebuds to create an extremely smooth yet vibrant almond peel complexity with a long finish." Ana Rola was born & bred...
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Rola Little Sweet Rola 2016 37.5cl
It is a scrumptious wine, with touches of white flowers and orange peel on the nose with a fresh and elegant body. On the palate this wine reveals freshness, minerality with a beautiful acidity, with well integrated white fruit, apricots...
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Rola Vinha das Marias 75cl
Robert Parker Wine Advocate – “... Gorgeous for its mid-palate finesse, focus and precision is a big winner...” – Robert Parker points: 92+" “...Ana Rola created this opulent and rich small-production structured wine from the western end of the Douro...
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Vieux Chateau Bayard 2016 75cl
"I love this wine - sweet black cherries, some subtle mint notes, nice balance with a slight earthy hint." 90/100 Peter's Points Vieux Château Bayard has been in the same family for eight generations and always run by women. Marie-Laure...
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