Cape of Good Hope Van Lill and Visser Chenin Blanc 2016

The Cape of Good Hope range from Anthonij Rupert Wyne has everything going for it on paper with grapes sourced from some of the choicest sites in the Cape and yet the wines seem to attract relatively little critical attention. The Van Lill and Visser Chenin Blanc 2016 comes from Skurfberg, the name recognizing the […]

February 21, 2017
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Huis van Chevallerie Filia Brut Nature 2014

Christa von La Chevallerie is a top Swartland grape grower who makes some own-label bubbly as a side project. Chevallerie uses Chenin Blanc to make her Filia Brut Nature and the 2014 is drinking very well right now. Matured for 14 months on the lees and degorged without dosage, it shows a little potpourri before […]

February 21, 2017
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Longridge Pinotage 2015

Among those attempting to drive Pinotage in a more elegant and refined direction, you would have to include Stellenbosch property Longridge where Jasper Raats is in charge of winemaking, the 2015 vintage his most assured rendition of the variety to date. Grapes from bush vines with an average age of 40 years, fermentation occurred spontaneously […]

February 20, 2017
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Jasper Raats Signature Wines Driefontein Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Jasper Raats worked extensively with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir during a seven-year stint in New Zealand so his local renditions of these two varieties  make for interesting reference points.  Tasting notes and ratings for current releases as follows: Jasper Raats Signature Wines Driefontein Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Price: R180 From a Helderberg vineyard farmed according […]

February 20, 2017
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Sand mining to devastate the Swartland?

The practice of sand mining looks set to begin in the Swartland, one of South Africa’s most high-profile wine producing areas. The website Grape.co.za first broke the story here. Those opposing the initiative are invited to sign an petition here.

February 19, 2017
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Tokara Limited Release Pinotage 2014

The Pinotage from Stellenbosch cellar Tokara first came to light for me when the 2007 vintage was judged best in class at the 2010 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. That wine famously had an alcohol of over 15% and subsequent vintages have been in the same vein perhaps tending to be a bit overdone. The […]

February 17, 2017
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Mont Rochelle Miko White 2015

Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard, one of the properties in UK businessman Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition portfolio, has Dustin Osborne in charge of viticulture and winemaking. The flagship wines appear under the Miko label in honour of the late Miko Rwayitare, Rwandan-born telecommunications businessman and former owner of Mont Rochelle, and the White […]

February 16, 2017
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Does South Africa have a signature red grape?

It might not have been that clear cut 20 years ago but Chenin Blanc is now pretty much established as South Africa’s signature white grape – we have by far the largest plantings of any wine producing country and it allows us to make wines of high quality but also not easily imitated in terms […]

February 16, 2017
by Christian
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