Waterkloof Circumstance Syrah 2015

The Circumstance Syrah from Waterkloof in Somerset West goes largely unsung but I think it’s establishing itself as one of the best renditions in the country, the yet-to-be released 2015 a wonderfully elegant effort on the part of winemaker Nadia Barnard. Her approach was to apply 100% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation for 19 months in […]

April 12, 2017
by Christian
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Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is probably the best vintage yet from Somerset West property Waterkloof. Grapes from two 19-year-old vineyards farmed according to biodynamic methods, fermentation occurred spontaneously in old 600-litre barrels, this lasting six months before a further three months of maturation on the lees. There’s nothing obvious about nose or palate. Aromatically, there […]

April 12, 2017
by Christian
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Plaisir de Merle Charles Marais 2013

Distell might be undergoing a process of rationalisation (Le Bonheur sold last year and apparently Stellenzicht and Uitkyk also on the market) but the producer-wholesaler seems fully committed to Paarl property Plaisir de Merle, the maiden 2013 vintage of a deluxe red blend called Charles Marais launched yesterday. Consisting of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit […]

April 11, 2017
by Christian
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Saxenburg Shiraz Select 2009

Stellenbosch property Saxenburg, acquired by Swiss businessman Adrian Bührer in 1989, enjoyed a golden period during the 1990s and early 2000s but it’s fair to say the reputation of the wines have slipped recently. Bührer’s son Vincent and daughter Fiona have recently taken over management while Edwin Grace is now cellarmaster, having been understudy to […]

April 10, 2017
by Christian
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Mullineux Old Vines White 2015

Dry and early was 2015 as a vintage in the Swartland and in the case of the White Mullineux 2015, this appears to have led to extra fruit concentration with maybe a little freshness lost relative to previous vintages (read 2014 review here). A blend of 73% Chenin Blanc, 13% Clairette Blanche, 7% Viognier and […]

April 9, 2017
by Christian
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Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2015

What to make of Vivino, the app which offers price comparisons and ratings for just about any wine and has to date attracted 23 million users? Bellingham thinks it’s a pretty big deal – the Bernard Series Syrah 2013 from this producer  currently having 232 Vivino ratings to its name, the average rating being 4.2 […]

April 6, 2017
by Christian
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Carinus Family Vineyards Rooidraai Chenin Blanc 2016

Danie and Hugo Carinus have taken some liberty in calling their wine label Carinus Family Vineyards in that they are only very distantly related. They are, however, good friends and grape growers who supply some of the leading producers in the country from vineyards situated in Devon Valley, Polkadraai and the Swartland. Their label has […]

April 5, 2017
by Christian
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Alvi’s Drift Verreaux Pinotage 2013

Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar takes its name from the low-water bridge crossing the Breede River on the Van der Merwe family farm outside Worcester. The property is 7 000ha in size, 410ha under vineyard with medical doctor Alvi and former Distell head winemaker Linley Schultz heading up winemaking. Pinotage is claimed as a specialty and […]

April 4, 2017
by Christian
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