Boplaas Family Reserve Touriga Francesa 2012

Touriga Francesa (also known as Touriga Franca) is the most widely grown grape in the Douro Valley, making for wine more perfumed and lighter than Touriga Nacional. Plantings in South Africa are minimal, a mere 2.54ha in the ground at the end of 2015, but Boplaas made a smart table wine from Stellenbosch old vines […]

October 17, 2016
by Christian
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The Chocolate Block 2014

When The Chocolate Block becomes available at the fairly modest store that is Woolworths in Klipfontein Road, Rondebosch, then you know market domination is almost complete. According to the front label of the 2014 that I acquired, production amounts to the equivalent of 1742 barriques and retail price was R199.95 a bottle so as has […]

October 17, 2016
by Christian
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FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 2016 winners

Results of the 2016 FNB  Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition have just been announced, the winners as follows: Almenkerk 2015 Cape Point Vineyards Reserve 2015 De Grendel 2016 Hermanuspietersfontein Nr 5 2013 Jordan The Outlier 2015 Ken Forrester Reserve 2015 Merwida 2016 Nitida Golden Orb 2015 Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin 2016 Uitkyk 2015 The 20 […]

October 14, 2016
by Christian
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Keet First Verse 2012

Chris Keet, who used to make a cult Bordeaux-style red blend in the form of Cordoba Crescendo, continues in that vein under his own label, the wine called First Verse. The 2012 is a blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot and 6% Malbec. It shows top notes of […]

October 14, 2016
by Christian
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Swartland red blends re-assessed

Earlier this year, I rated the Malabar 2012, the Rhône-style red blend from Charles Back’s Swarland operation Spice Route, 90 on the 100-point quality scale (see here). Once the score was published, Back expressed his disappointment saying “After all the time and effort we’ve invested in this project, I thought we’d be further ahead”.  Out […]

October 13, 2016
by Christian
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Illimis Chenin Blanc 2015

Lucinda Heyns has worked primarily as a viticulturist at both Jordan and Mulderbosch locally plus has plenty of experience in California. She currently finds herself at the Institute for Grape and Wine Sciences but also makes wine under her own label called Illimis, Latin for “Clarity” and a reflection of her conviction that wine should […]

October 13, 2016
by Christian
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Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah 2011

The Tamboerskloof John Spicer Syrah is the pinnacle offering from Kleinood in Stellenbosch. The recently-released 2011, which comes wrapped in a reproduction of a painting by Katharien de Villiers, daughter of owners Gerard and Libby and trained artist, saw production capped at 1 596 bottles and sells for R695 per bottle. The maiden 2009 was […]

October 13, 2016
by Christian
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Force Majeure Red Blend 2016

If you’re looking for characterful everyday drinking, then look no further than the new Force Majeure wines from Johan ‘Stompie’ Meyer – no enzymes, yeast or acid added. Force Majeure Chenin Blanc 2016 Wine Cellar price: R100 a bottle WO Swartland. 5% skin contact and 11.5% abv. The nose shows a  floral top note before […]

October 12, 2016
by Christian
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