Mullineux Syrah 2015

Grapes for this wine from Andrea and Chris Mullineux come from seven different vineyards planted variously on schist, granite and iron soils across the Swartland. Fermentation was 50% whole-bunch and maturation lasted 14 months in a combination of 225-litre and 500-litre barrels plus 2000-litre foudre, 15% new. Total production is 31 560 bottles and 580 […]

September 20, 2017
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Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2015

The 2015 vintage is the first time that the Syrah from Boekenhoutskloof is certified as being from the Swartland. The nose is very fragrant with notes of black berries, olive, lavender, white pepper and just a hint of reduction. The palate is rich and broad and very well balanced – dense fruit and fine tannins […]

September 20, 2017
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Metzer Family Chenin Blanc 2016

Wade Metzer of the boutique label Metzer Family Wines has managed to get his hands on a single vineyard of Helderberg Chenin Blanc planted in 1964 and the resulting wine is immensely pleasing. Fermentation occurred spontaneously and maturation lasted seven months in French oak, 10% new. The nose is subtle but complex with notes of […]

September 19, 2017
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The Chocolate Block 2016

Boekenhoutskloof’s The Chocolate Block, grapes sourced exclusively from the Swartland since 2015, is a phenomenal brand. 1979 barrels proudly proclaims the front label of the current-release 2016, a bottle going for R200 from Wine Cellar. A blend of 79% Syrah, 11% Grenache, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cinsault and 1% Viognier, it has an exotic nose […]

September 18, 2017
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Richard Hilton Vineyards benchmark tasting

Boutique winemaker Richard Hilton recently hosted a benchmarking exercise for nine Cape Town sommeliers and me featuring his two favoured varieties, namely Viognier and Syrah. Two flights of eight, these as follows: Flight One: Viognier 1. Y. Cuilleron Condrieu Les Chaillets 2014 (France) 2. Andre Perret Condrieu 2014 (France) 3. Yalumba Virgilius 2012 (Australia) 4. […]

September 15, 2017
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Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut 2011

Tasting notes and ratings for the trophy winners at the Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge 2017 as follows: Best Brut: Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut 2011 White peach and apple plus some yeasty complexity. Rich with lemon-like acidity and a creamy, nicely energetic mousse. The finish, meanwhile, is long and savoury. Editor’s rating: 91/100. Best […]

September 14, 2017
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Kloovenburg Riebeekberg Syrah 2016

Kloovenburg is one of the larger Swartland farms where wine production vies with table grapes, olives and figs for attention. First bottling was in 1998 and the wines were for a long time made in a broadly popular style, decent enough but rather unremarkable. More recently, however, owner Pieter du Toit has upped the ante […]

September 14, 2017
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Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2017

The sixth annual Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2017 is now out. Special acknowledgements as follows: Winemakers of the year: Chris and Andrea Mullineux Young Winemaker of the year: Mark Le Roux of Wateford Winemaking Legend: Neil Ellis Overall White Wine of the Year: Sadie Family Kokerboom 2016 Overall Red Wine of the Year: […]

September 13, 2017
by Christian
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