Platter’s 2018

Major achievers in Platter’s 2018: White Wine of the Year: The Foundry Grenache Blanc 2015 Red Wine of the Year: Nederburg Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Dessert Wine of the Year Unfortified: Klein Constatia Vin de Constance 2013 Dessert Wine of the Year Fortified: Beaumont Starboard Dessert Wine NV Winery of the Year: Raats Family […]

November 3, 2017
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Tokara Director’s Reserve White vertical

Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends are a strong, if niche, category and the Director’s Reserve White from Tokara in Stellenbosch has proved itself one of the finest examples within that category over time: 2011 rated 5 Stars (and placed among the top three) in our first annual category tasting back in 2013, the 2012 rated 4.5 Stars […]

November 3, 2017
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Aristea maiden releases

Aristea is a new wine brand which sees Matt Krone of Matthew Krone Wines in partnership with Martin Krajewski, a UK businessman who owns vineyards in Pomerol and Saint Émilion and Florent Dumeau, a renowned Bordeaux consultant. Tasting notes and ratings for the maiden releases as follows: Aristea Chardonnay 2016 Price: R290 W.O. Stellenbosch. Matured […]

November 3, 2017
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Palladius 2015

Palladius 2015 from Sadie Family Wines is knock-out. A blend of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Semillon, Semillon Gris, Viognier, Clairette Blanche, Roussane, Verdelho, Colombard and Palomino, it’s the first vintage from a dedicated cellar, the components vinified clay amphorae and concrete eggs. The nose is exotic with notes of potpourri, cut apple, stone fruit, […]

November 2, 2017
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Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2014

The current release that fans of Stellenbosch property Kanonkop should not miss out on is the Paul Sauer 2014. A blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, it was matured for 24 months in French oak, 100% new. The nose is beguiling with notes of red and black fruit, flowers and […]

November 1, 2017
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Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2016

The Cape’s extended drought may be reducing the size of yields but generally seems to have had remarkably little effect on wine quality. The Black Label Pinotage 2016 from Kanonkop, however, does not seem to have benefited from warmer and drier conditions that prevailed during growing season. Grapes from a single vineyard planted on granite […]

November 1, 2017
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Top six wines of October 2017

Here are our seven most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Black Elephant Vintners The Dark Side of the Vine Semillon 2015 – 97 (read original review here) Beeslaar Pinotage 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve Chardonnay 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Eikendal Chardonnay 2016 – 95 […]

November 1, 2017
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Distell’s new head winemaker announced

Distell, SA’s largest producer-wholesaler, has appointed Niël Groenewald as head winemaker, replacing Razvan Macici who departed suddenly in March this year. Groenewald (42) holds an MBA from UCT and a BSc Hons from Stellenbosch University. He leaves DGB-owned Bellingham after 14 vintages as chief winemaker. In recent years, he was also responsible for the marketing […]

October 31, 2017
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