With the release of the 2016 vintage of Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc made from Montagu fruit by Reenen Borman of Boschkloof, this wine is now established as one of the very best examples of the variety in the country – the maiden vintage 2014 was impressive enough as was the 2015 but Borman says quality improvements […]
Patatsblanc arose when Reenen Borman, the winemaker behind the celebrated Chenin Blanc from Patatsfontein in Montagu, decided that some of the Colombard on the property was too good to pass up and so devised a Colombard-Chenin Blanc blend intended to be accessible but not facile. The 2016, consisting of 88% Colombard and 12% Chenin Blanc, […]
The Cape of Good Hope range from Anthonij Rupert Wyne has everything going for it on paper with grapes sourced from some of the choicest sites in the Cape and yet the wines seem to attract relatively little critical attention. The Van Lill and Visser Chenin Blanc 2016 comes from Skurfberg, the name recognizing the […]
Christa von La Chevallerie is a top Swartland grape grower who makes some own-label bubbly as a side project. Chevallerie uses Chenin Blanc to make her Filia Brut Nature and the 2014 is drinking very well right now. Matured for 14 months on the lees and degorged without dosage, it shows a little potpourri before […]
Among those attempting to drive Pinotage in a more elegant and refined direction, you would have to include Stellenbosch property Longridge where Jasper Raats is in charge of winemaking, the 2015 vintage his most assured rendition of the variety to date. Grapes from bush vines with an average age of 40 years, fermentation occurred spontaneously […]
Jasper Raats worked extensively with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir during a seven-year stint in New Zealand so his local renditions of these two varieties make for interesting reference points. Tasting notes and ratings for current releases as follows: Jasper Raats Single Vineyard Driefontein Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Price: R180 From a Helderberg vineyard farmed according […]
The practice of sand mining looks set to begin in the Swartland, one of South Africa’s most high-profile wine producing areas. The website Grape.co.za first broke the story here. Those opposing the initiative are invited to sign an petition here.
The Pinotage from Stellenbosch cellar Tokara first came to light for me when the 2007 vintage was judged best in class at the 2010 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. That wine famously had an alcohol of over 15% and subsequent vintages have been in the same vein perhaps tending to be a bit overdone. The […]