Mariëtte Chenin Blanc 2015

Mariëtte Chenin Blanc 2015 is the flagship offering from Stofberg Family Vineyards, another of the Breedekloof producers intent on making a name with this particular variety. From a 33-year-old vineyard, the wine was fermented and matured for nine months in second-fill 225-litre barrels. The nose shows a little volatile acidity as well as notes of […]

December 12, 2016
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Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir 2015

Jessica Saurwein’s day job is managing sales and marketing for Stellenbosch property Kleinood but she’s also a trained winemaker and in 2015, she made a Pinot Noir from a Kaaimansgat vineyard near Villiersdorp, 18% whole bunch fermentation, nine months in French oak, a third new – just three barrels made. Very pretty aromatics with notes […]

December 9, 2016
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Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2013

Whereas Pinotage was a very fraught category even 10 years ago, producers have made massive quality advances. Take the 21 Gables Pinotage 2013 from Spier which simply cannot be faulted for its fruit power and technical correctness. From a Stellenbosch vineyard close to False Bay, the wine was matured for 18 months in French and […]

December 8, 2016
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Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Flagstone Winery is owned by fifth largest wine company in the world Accolade Wines, and the house style is intended to appeal to the broadest possible audience, the wines typically rather showy. This is no bad thing in the case of the Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2015. From 70% Elgin and 30% Elim grapes, it […]

December 7, 2016
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Stark-Condé Oude Nektar 2014

Oude Nektar is the new flagship wine from Stark-Condé in the Jonkershoek Valley ward of Stellenbosch. It’s a Bordeaux-style red blend dominated by the property’s highest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, this originally planted in 2003, enabling winemaker José Condé to make a small test batch of Oude Nektar in 2008, but the vineyard destroyed by fire […]

December 6, 2016
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Nederburg The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2015

Part of Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes range, The Anchorman Chenin Blanc has always been a pretty smart wine but the 2015 now contains 15% Grenache Blanc which provides even more complexity. Fermentation occurs in various vessels including old oak barrels, vats and stainless steel tank, a small portion undergoing carbonic maceration and the wine was kept […]

December 6, 2016
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Nederburg The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2015

Nederburg, Winery of the Year in Platter’s 2017, recently showed all four of its wines to rate 5 Stars in the guide, some more convincing than others. Nederburg Private Bin D234 Sauvignon Blanc 2015 For potential sale on auction. From Darling grapes. A top note of sea breeze before asparagus and cantaloupe. Rich and thick […]

December 5, 2016
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Lammershoek Syrah Reserve 2015

What would become of Swartland property Lammershoek was sold by the fouding Kretzel family to German investors? Schalk Opperman, previously of Holden Manz in Franschhoek, took over as winemaker in time for the 2015 harvest and as there’s every indication that the property is in good hands – the Terravinum Reserve White rated 95 on […]

December 5, 2016
by Christian
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