Warwick Cabernet Franc 2013

Single-variety Cabernet Franc has its devotees but how much to expect from it under local conditions? The 2013 from Warwick in Stellenbosch has aromatics of ripe red fruit and a subtle but definite herbal note. The palate meanwhile is medium bodied with the softest of tannins – there was no post-ferment maceration and the oaking […]

November 14, 2016
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Solace Syrah 2014

The wines of Elgin property Iona tend to have a careful tastefulness about them and this is once again the case with the new Solace Syrah 2014. Spontaneously fermented and matured in older 500-litre barrels, the nose shows red fruit, some floral fragrance, fynbos and white pepper while the palate is medium bodied with bright […]

November 14, 2016
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Opstal The Barber Sémillon 2015

While the 2013 vintage of The Barber Sémillon from Slanghoek property Opstal  was a promising debut (see here), the follow-up 2015 (no 2014) seems just that little bit more striking than the maiden 2013 vintage, winemaker Attie Louw again showing that the Breedekloof needn’t stand back to any other wine-growing area in the country. From […]

November 14, 2016
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Wine Enthusiast names Andrea Mullineux as Winemaker of the Year 2016

US publication Wine Enthusiast has named Andrea Mullineux its 2016 Winemaker of the Year as part of its annual Wine Star Awards. These awards honour individuals and companies that have contributed to the success of the wine industry and have shown “energy, courage, groundbreaking vision and business acumen”. This is the first time a South […]

November 11, 2016
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Stellenbosch Hills 1707 White Reserve 2014

Receiving grapes from some 715ha and typically processing 8 000 tons a year, Stellenbosch Hills is one of the former cooperatives turned private companies of growers which don’t get much air time but still play a significant role in the SA wine industry. The stand-out wine at today’s new release tasting was the 1707 Red […]

November 10, 2016
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Fram Chenin Blanc 2015

According to the latest edition of Platter’s, the 2015 vintage of Fram Chenin Blanc from Thinus Krüger  was made from grapes sourced from Piekenierskloof, Swartland and Bottelary whereas previous vintages where W.O. Citrusdal Mountain. Very expressive on the nose with a top note of potpourri before citrus, yellow peach and even a hint of pineapple […]

November 10, 2016
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Stellenbosch Vineyards The Flagship Cabernet Franc 2010

Stellenbosch Vineyards have gone all out with their top-end wine that is The Flagship Cabernet Franc 2010 and it pretty much works. From a combination of Stellenbosch and Darling fruit, the wine was matured for 42 months in 300-litre French oak barrels, 70% new. On the nose, red and black berries, a subtle herbal quality […]

November 10, 2016
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Stellenbosch Vineyards Credo Limited Release Grenache 2015

Grenache plantings in South Africa amounted to a mere 322ha making it South Africa’s 23rd most planted variety at the end of 2015 but with such talented winemakers as Adi Badenhorst, David and Nadia Sadie and Eben Sadie working with it, it’s no doubt set to feature more prominently in the future. Stellenbosch Vineyards has […]

November 9, 2016
by Christian
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