Tokara Limited Release Pinotage 2014

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 […]

February 17, 2017
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Mont Rochelle Miko White 2015

Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard, one of the properties in UK businessman Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition portfolio, has Dustin Osborne in charge of viticulture and winemaking. The flagship wines appear under the Miko label in honour of the late Miko Rwayitare, Rwandan-born telecommunications businessman and former owner of Mont Rochelle, and the White […]

February 16, 2017
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Sauvage La Bri Blanc de Blancs 2011

Irene Waller has a bit of experience with Méthode Cap Classique having worked at Graham Beck before becoming GM and winemaker at Franschhoek property La Bri and it shows when you taste her Sauvage La Bri Blanc de Blancs 2011 (R350 a bottle). From a Chardonnay vineyard planted in 1991, the wine spent two months […]

February 15, 2017
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Meinert CWG Scholtzenhof Grande Chenin 2000

The Scholtzenhof Grande Chenin 2000 as made by Martin Meinert for the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction was the prototype of what became The FMC, the deluxe Chenin Blanc made in conjunction with Ken Forrester of Ken Forrester Wines. Last time I wrote it up was in 2011 (see here) where it rated 19/20 and some […]

February 14, 2017
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Glen Carlou The Curator’s Collection Mourvèdre 2014

It’s all change at Paarl winery Glen Carlou with businessman Wayne Pitout acquiring it last year from Hess Family Wine Estates and Johnnie Calitz, previously of Anura, replacing Arco Laarman as winemaker. It remains to be seen where Calitz takes Glen Carlou wines stylistically but Laarman has left behind a smart Mourvèdre 2014 under the […]

February 14, 2017
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Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc 2016

After working harvests around the world, Stephanie Wiid and Etienne Terblanche have established the Thistle & Weed label locally, their first release being Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc 2016. Grapes from a Muldersvlei vineyard over 65 years old, winemaking involved spontaneous fermentation in third-fill barrels before six months of maturation. The result is a wonderfully subtle and […]

February 13, 2017
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The Garajeest Jim Semillon 2015

Zimbabwean-born Callan Williams gave up ballet dancing for winemaking and now has her own label called The Garajeest. The Garajeest Jim Semillon 2015 Price: R240 From Elgin grapes. 50% tank fermented and 50% fermented and matured for seven months in older oak. Pear, peach and yellow apple plus white pepper  and a hint of leesy […]

February 10, 2017
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Haskell Hades Syrah 2014

Rhône producer Guigal has its three single vineyard Côte Rôties known as La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque and now Haskell in Stellenbosch also has three single-vineyard iterations of Syrah, Hades joining the more established Aeon and Pillars. The maiden 2014 vintage of Hades was shown yesterday next to the 2013 vintages of the […]

February 9, 2017
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