Merwida Family Vintners Chenin Blanc 2016

The Opstal Carl Everson has put Breedekloof on the map when it comes to Chenin Blanc and other wineries in the region are now chasing hard, the Family Vintners 2016 from Merwida being a case in point. Grapes from 15 year old vines, fermentation was begun in tank and finished in barrel of various sizes […]

May 9, 2017
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Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 1978

To mark the start of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show , convener Michael Fridjhon typically presents a tasting of old South African wines for judges and a few other interested parties – white wines required to be 15 years on from vintage and reds 25 years on. The absolute stand-out for me and many […]

May 8, 2017
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Backsberg Family Reserve White 2016

The Family Reserve White from Paarl property Backsberg is establishing itself as an eccentric but not unaccomplished offering, the 2016 composed of 50% Roussanne, 25% Chardonnay and 25% Sauvignon Blanc, matured for six months in French oak, 100% new. It shows  lime, lemon, peach and a hint of spice. Rich and broad, smooth in texture […]

May 3, 2017
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Solms Delta Terroir Collection

Although Franschhoek property Solms Delta sets the pace when it comes to worker empowerment, its wines have tended to be a little unconvincing but that seems to be changing with Hagen Viljoen incumbent as winemaker since November 2012. The Hiervandaan 2014,a blend  of 86% Grenache, 10% Cinsault and 4% Shiraz, rated 92 on the 100-point […]

May 2, 2017
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Top four wines of April 2017

Here are our four most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2016 – 97 (read original review here) Carinus Family Vineyards Rooidraai Chenin Blanc 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Mount Sutherland Syrah 2013 – 94 (read original review here) Waterkloof Circumstance Syrah 2015 – 94 (read original review […]

May 1, 2017
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Fairview Stok by Paaltjie Grenache 2014

Whatever you might say about Fairview, Charles Back’s operation in Paarl, you can’t criticize the range for being conservative. Just as Grenache starts to trend, along comes this farm’s version, the name referencing the trellising system which sees each vine supported by its own pole. Fermented in open-top foudre before being basket pressed, the wine […]

April 28, 2017
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Steenberg The Black Swan Sauvignon Blanc 2016

JD Pretorius, cellarmaster Steenberg, says Sauvignon Blanc is always going to be the “business card” of this Constantia property – 64% of a total of 60ha under vine is planted to this variety. He made 8 000 12-bottle cases of the so-called super-premium Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and this sells for R125 a bottle. It also […]

April 26, 2017
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The winelands map is being redrawn and here’s why

Not so long ago Bot River was a village which wine lovers passed at high speed on their way from Cape Town to Hermanus and the Hemel-en-Aarde. For the last seven years, however, the wineries of the ward have organized an annual party to celebrate the end of harvest called Barrels & Beards – members […]

April 26, 2017
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