Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2013

Whereas Pinotage was a very fraught category even 10 years ago, producers have made massive quality advances. Take the 21 Gables Pinotage 2013 from Spier which simply cannot be faulted for its fruit power and technical correctness. From a Stellenbosch vineyard close to False Bay, the wine was matured for 18 months in French and […]

December 8, 2016
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Top six Cape Town wine bars

1. Chalk & Cork Two story wine bar with courtyard providing a small but carefully assembled winelist and tapas. Address: 51 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town Phone: +27 21 422 5822 www.chalkandcork.co.za 2. Belthazar Restauarant & Wine Bar Over 250 wines by the glass at this glitzy multi-seater establishment with harbor terrace. The kitchen specializes […]

December 8, 2016
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Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Flagstone Winery is owned by fifth largest wine company in the world Accolade Wines, and the house style is intended to appeal to the broadest possible audience, the wines typically rather showy. This is no bad thing in the case of the Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2015. From 70% Elgin and 30% Elim grapes, it […]

December 7, 2016
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Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2016 – one SA wine

Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select their Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world. SA took one place in 2016: 11. Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2015 – score: 94 To read the […]

December 7, 2016
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Stark-Condé Oude Nektar 2014

Oude Nektar is the new flagship wine from Stark-Condé in the Jonkershoek Valley ward of Stellenbosch. It’s a Bordeaux-style red blend dominated by the property’s highest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, this originally planted in 2003, enabling winemaker José Condé to make a small test batch of Oude Nektar in 2008, but the vineyard destroyed by fire […]

December 6, 2016
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Nederburg The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2015

Part of Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes range, The Anchorman Chenin Blanc has always been a pretty smart wine but the 2015 now contains 15% Grenache Blanc which provides even more complexity. Fermentation occurs in various vessels including old oak barrels, vats and stainless steel tank, a small portion undergoing carbonic maceration and the wine was kept […]

December 6, 2016
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Nederburg The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2015

Nederburg, Winery of the Year in Platter’s 2017, recently showed all four of its wines to rate 5 Stars in the guide, some more convincing than others. Nederburg Private Bin D234 Sauvignon Blanc 2015 For potential sale on auction. From Darling grapes. A top note of sea breeze before asparagus and cantaloupe. Rich and thick […]

December 5, 2016
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Lammershoek Syrah Reserve 2015

What would become of Swartland property Lammershoek was sold by the fouding Kretzel family to German investors? Schalk Opperman, previously of Holden Manz in Franschhoek, took over as winemaker in time for the 2015 harvest and as there’s every indication that the property is in good hands – the Terravinum Reserve White rated 95 on […]

December 5, 2016
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