Stellenrust Old Bushvine Cinsaut 2015

Perhaps Cinsaut is no different from any other grape – some from very special sites (Badenhorst’s Ramnasgra ir Sadie’s Pofadder, for instance) will scale the heights of greatness, others will be be enjoyable, everyday drinking and still others will be a bit simple. Stellenrust Old Bushvine 2015 seems to fall in the middle category. From […]

March 23, 2017
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Bloemendal Suider Terras Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Durbanville property Bloemendal is one of the ventures that Shimmy Luxury Collection has a stake in, the luxury hospitality group, which is headed up by  entrepreneur Nicky van der Walt, also involved in the running of Shimmy Beach Club and Sea Point hotel The Ritz. Management appear keen to take Bloemendal to the next level, […]

March 22, 2017
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Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2017 results

The Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2017 attracted over 860 entries with judging held in Bordeaux, France. Results were announced yesterday with the following South African wines winning gold medals: Diemersdal MM Louw 2016 Steenberg 2016 To see the full list of winners, click here.

March 22, 2017
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Institute of Masters of Wine gives Eben Sadie major award

The Institute of Masters of Wine in conjunction with trade publication The Drinks Business recently announced Eben Sadie of Sadie Family Wines as the winner of the 2017 Winemakers’ Winemaker Award. The honour, which has been given annually since 2011, recognises outstanding achievement in the field of winemaking. The winner is chosen each year by […]

March 22, 2017
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Desiderius Pongrácz 2009

Pongrácz is one of Distell’s bubbly brands and Desiderius Pongrácz is the flagship in the range, the recently released 2009 selling for R449 a bottle. A blend of 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, this typically spends a minimum of 72 months on the lees. The nose shows citrus, apple and peach, some brioche and a […]

March 21, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Wine criticism and conflicts of interest

Like all tasters for the Platter Guide I recently received the customary “Declaration of interest and confidentiality” for signing. As usual (though one year I went to the trouble of trying to fully understand the many clauses), I duly and dully signed and returned it. It’s a necessary and important part of the process, this, […]

March 20, 2017
by Tim James
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Cirrus Syrah 2013

Cirrus Wines is a partnership between Jean Engelbrecht of Rust en Vrede in Stellenbosch and the Duncan family of Silver Oak in Napa Valley, California dating from 2003. This enterprise doesn’t seem to get much airtime but the 2013, currently available from Wine Cellar at R255 a bottle, is quite striking. Made by Coenie Snyman […]

March 17, 2017
by Christian
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Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Among the many versions of Sauvignon Blanc from Durbanville property Diemersdal, Eight Rows is one of the more premium, the 2016 being a real blockbuster. A complex nose of lime, green apple, cantaloupe and white peach as well as fynbos and a hint of reduction. The palate displays super-concentrated fruit and a creamy texture with […]

March 16, 2017
by Christian
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