Die Kat se Snor Pinot Noir 2014

Die Kat se Snor Pinot Noir is an own-label project of Gerhard Smith, currently of La Vierge but who will soon be taking up a position at Creation. The maiden vintage 2016 is made from Overberg grapes, the wine under-going spontaneous fermentation before maturation lasting 10 months in older French oak barrels. The nose shows […]

December 14, 2017
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Beaumont Starboard NV

To write about Starboard NV from Bot River property Beaumont or not to write about it? It’s Fortified Dessert Wine of the Year in the 2018 edition of Platter’s, and one approach would be to extend congratulations and leave it at that. However, it is also a most curious wine… A blend of five vintages […]

December 13, 2017
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Waterford The Jem 2012

Among South Africa’s deluxe wine offerings, The Jem from Waterford in Stellenbosch is one of the better established with the maiden vintage 2004 having gone on sale back in 2007 at what was then a sensational price of R680 a bottle. The 2012 will soon be available and this will set you back R1 100 […]

December 13, 2017
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Org de Rac Die Waghuis new releases

Org de Rac is a Swartland property beyond Moorreesburg and before Piketberg – it has 54ha under vine and is certified to produce organic wine. Top of the range are a white and a red blend under Die Waghuis label, tasting notes and ratings as follows: Org de Rac Die Waghuis Organic White 2016 Price: […]

December 13, 2017
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Paserene new releases

Martin Smith, who worked at Vilafonté before starting his own label called Paserene, now has Ndabe Mareda has an investor and a tasting room and cellar was recently completed in Franschhoek (see an album of the launch function here). Tasting notes and ratings for the 2015s and 2016s as follows: Paserene Chardonnay 2015 Price: R350 […]

December 12, 2017
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Kottabos new releases

Kottabos functions as something of a second label within the portfolio of Stellenbosch cellar Boschkloof. Wines are made from vineyards not of the farm but in the general area of Polkadraai and allow winemaker Reenen Borman a little more freedom when it comes to expressing himself. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases as […]

December 11, 2017
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Olifantsberg Pinotage 2016

Worcester cellar Olifantsberg enjoys a growing reputation for quality – Silhouette 2013 was one of the top performers in this year’s Signature Red Blend Report with a rating of 92 on the 100-point quality scale as was the Blanc 2016 in the Cape White Blend Report with a score of 93. The Pinotage 2016, which […]

December 8, 2017
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BLANKBottle Retirement at “65” 2016

This is a blend of mostly Darling Cinsault plus a little Grenache and Syrah, winemaker Pieter Walser having discovered an under-utilised 1951 vineyard of Cinsault, wine made from it for the first time in its 65th year of existence. The nose is very perfumed with notes of raspberry, cranberry, candy floss, geranium and fynbos while […]

December 7, 2017
by Christian
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