Constantia Royale Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Constantia Royale is the name given to the Sauvignon Blanc off vineyards grown on the small Constantia property known as Nova Zonnestraal, Roger Burton previously of Tierhoek in Piekenierskloof the winemaker. Burton says that in 2016 he implemented new practices in the vineyard – a more open canopy – to facilitate “more fruitiness” and the […]

January 26, 2017
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Esona Single Vineyard Shiraz 2013

Rowan and Caryl Beattie, owners of the property Esona situated between Robertson and Bonnievale, have an interesting approach to sales in that they retain stocks of various vintages enabling customers to compare and contrast. They feel their wines from the 2013 vintage (made by Lourens van der Westuhuizen of nearby Arendsig) are showing particularly well […]

January 25, 2017
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Beaumont Vitruvia aka New Baby 2015

The Vitruvia aka New Baby 2015 (yes, we also wonder about the name) from Beaumont in Bot River is another compelling argument for the emerging category that is Cape White Blends or multi-variety wines built around Chenin Blanc. This consists of 35% Chenin Blanc, 24% Sauvignon Blanc, 14% Semillon,  13.5% Chardonnay and 13.5% Colombard and […]

January 24, 2017
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Dragonridge Cygnus 2015

Fynbos Estate is a 320ha property on the Paardeberg acquired by Johan and Diana Simons in 1997 which today incorporates some 16ha of vineyard and a nature reserve while also offering accommodation and function facilities. Johan, a former molecular biologist and a long-time wine enthusiast, initially made some wine for fun in 2006 but has […]

January 24, 2017
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Marianne Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Marianne in Stellenbosch was established by prominent Bordeaux producer Christian Dauriac in 2004, the resulting wines have tended to be in a rich, big style – Dauriac is friends with consultant Michel Rolland and his influence shows. Somewhat curiously then Francois Haasbroek, previously of Waterford and now making his wines under the label Black Water, […]

January 23, 2017
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Post House Stamp of Chenin 2016

The 2002 vintage of Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch property Post House, which was famously judged best in category at the 2003 Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show (later to become the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show), is still drinking beautifully. Owner and winemaker Nick Gebers opened a bottle last night at a function to celebrate the […]

January 20, 2017
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Dromer White 2015

Harold Versfeld, previously winemaker at Val de Vie in Paarl, is now in partnership with Hong Kong-based trust and tax consultant Howard Bilton, their undertaking known as Dromer Wines. Tasting notes and ratings for current releases as follows: Dromer White 2015 Price: R150 57% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Semillon. Sauvignon Blanc is from my family farm […]

January 19, 2017
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Waterkloof Circumstance Mourvèdre 2015

Mourvèdre can be a bit wild and woolly but the Circumstance 2015 from Waterkloof in Somerset West is a lot more cultured than some. From bush vines, winemaking involved spontaneous, whole-bunch fermentation while maturation lasted 16 months in older 600-litre barrels. The nose shows red and black fruit, floral perfume, scrub and earth. The palate […]

January 18, 2017
by Christian
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