London Welsh RFC British & Irish Lions 2021 Tour Wine Selection

It is one of the greatest rivalries in world rugby – the British and Irish Lions playing against the mighty Springboks. The last tour to South Africa was in 2009, two years after South Africa had lifted the Rugby World Cup Webb Ellis Trophy in 2007. Now in 2021, the Lions face the mighty Boks again as rugby world champions from Tokyo 2019.

Celebrate the great rugby institution that is the British and Irish Lions by enjoying a mixed case of delicious South African, Australian and New Zealand fine wines as selected by our Master of Wine and London Welsh RFC patron member and minis coach, Greg Sherwood MW.

So, please do support your club by enjoying some specially selected fine wines in the Handford Wines London Welsh RFC Selection.

For all orders you can Click and Collect from Handford Wines, South Kensington. If you would like your wines delivered, then we offer UK Mainland delivery at £10 per order or, order two or more boxes and get free delivery (UK Mainland, not including northern Scotland – see our Delivery Page for more details).


Lions 2021 Wine Selections

Red Selection

KWV Roodeberg Red Blend 2019, Western Cape

This famous red blend shows aromatic layers of fresh red fruit, cassis and dark fruit with an undertone of sweet spices and dark chocolate. The palate is elegant and soft with nuances of cedary oak and dark plums, ends off with a vanilla finish and elegant silky tannins. The wine underwent 12 months of oak maturation in mostly French oak. Some American oak was utilized for a small percentage of the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon components.

Wild House Shiraz 2020, Western Cape

A colour of deep garnet ruby of freshly squeezed Coastal Shiraz. It has a nose of really good summer pudding, ripe black cherry, vanilla and even a touch of Framboise. On the palate more rich black fruits, a blob of proper crème fraiche with a suggestion of dark chocolate and star anise. Youthful acidity and ripe balanced tannins give a fresh finish with depth and complexity.

Silvermyn Argentum Bordeaux Blend 2020, Western Cape

This blend from the Bordelaise specialists of Banghoek Valley is brim full of ripe, bramble and plummy fruit with dark curranty corners. Bright, fresh and gently leafy on the finish pairing perfectly with a traditional South African braai (barbeque).

Yalumba Wild Ferment Barossa Shiraz 2018, S.E.Australia

Yalumba’s Wild Ferments are the essence of the vineyard and the truest depiction of their variety. They are wines of individual character, made with the minimal intervention. They are wines for free thinkers, but they’re also wines you can trust and believe in. The roots of these old vines run deep into the ancient Barossa soils, yielding intensely flavoured Shiraz grapes to create a wine of richness, texture, concentration and exceptional length.

Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Margaret River, W.Australia

‘Son of’ the Vasse Felix Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, it carries the structure, power and tannins of classic Cabernet in an earlier drinking, succulent style from fruit sourced from each of the Vasse Felix Margaret River vineyards in cool climate Western Australia.

Seifried Old Coach Pinot Noir 2019, Nelson, New Zealand

The 2019 Old Coach Road Pinot Noir is ripe and intense with succulent summer berry fruits. Rich velvety tannins fill the palate leaving a long ripe finish with lingering plum and berry flavours. Perfect with gamey roast Springbok!

White/Rose Selection

Vergelegen Estate Premium Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Stellenbosch

The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are sourced from certain blocks within the vineyards on the Vergelegen Estate and show aromas of lime blossom, gooseberry, ripe guava, fresh passion fruit, white pepper and quince. Displays amazing elegance, balancing perfect acidity with ripe fruit. One of Stellenbosch’s oldest and most respected estates.

Waterkloof Seriously Cool Chenin Blanc 2020, Stellenbosch

Seriously Cool Chenin Blanc is crafted from 30-40 year old bush-vine vineyards in the Helderberg area of Stellenbosch. This elegant wine displays aromas of stone fruit, white flowers and a hint of honey. Because of the longer alcoholic fermentation the flavours are well integrated on the palate and ends with a crisp fresh acidity. A seriously good wine!

Paarl Heights Rosé 2020, Western Cape

Bright, pale pink in colour with aromas and flavours of crushed redcurrants and strawberries. Dry and fresh in style but with wonderful juicy fruit flavours, this is a very on-trend approach to rosé that is a real crowd pleaser.

Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay 2019, Margaret River, W.Australia

Vasse Felix Chardonnay is typified by its bright, elegant fruit, subtle wild complexities and a tight acid structure, reflecting the vibrancy and purity of this variety in Margaret River. ‘Filius’ translates to ‘son of’ in Latin, reflecting the relationship between this wine and its premier ‘father’. A benchmark expression.

Seifried Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Nelson, New Zealand

Aromatic and fresh Sauvignon Blanc flavours were encouraged prior to vintage through careful canopy management. The fruit was de-stemmed and pressed immediately after harvest and a cool fermentation was initiated in stainless steel tanks to retain the clean aromatic fruit characters. Voted the best Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand last year.

Sileni Estates Cellar Selection Pinot Gris 2020, Hawks Bay, New Zealand

Grown on a variety of soil types including gravels, silt and loam which provide depth and complexity of flavour. Grapes were destemmed and gently pressed, then fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain their natural fruit characters. A period of post-ferment lees contact has added texture to the palate. The Cellar Selection Pinot Gris has classic aromatic peach flavours along with beautifully balanced acidity and a long mouth watering finish.

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London Welsh 'Lions White/Rose Selection' - 6 Bottle Pack

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Celebrate the great rugby institution that is the British and Irish Lions by enjoying a mixed case of delicious South African, Australian and New Zealand fine wines as selected by our Master of Wine and London Welsh RFC patron member and minis coach, Greg Sherwood MW.

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