2017 CWG Auction Wines rated

The 33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place at the Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch on Saturday, 30 September. There are 61 wines on offer and I attended a blind tasting held for the media yesterday. Ratings as follows: 95 Adi Badenhorst and Duncan Savage Love Boat Red 2016 W.O. Swartland. 65% Shiraz, 27% Grenache, […]

September 1, 2017
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Eden High Density Single Vineyard new releases

When Bruwer Raats set about establishing 0.2ha of Cabernet Franc and 0.6ha of Chenin Blanc on his Polkadraai property during the mid-2000s, his point of departure was “quality by design” which saw him undertake the most rigorous soil preparation, careful selection of clones and high density plantings (1 x 1.2m – the equivalent of 8 […]

August 30, 2017
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Diemersdal Winter Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Thys Louw of Diemersdal continues to set the pace when it comes to Sauvignon Blanc. The latest addition to this Durbanville property’s extensive range of wines from the variety is the Winter Ferment 2017. Louw had heard rumour of producers in both New Zealand and Sancerre, France making wine from juice after it had been […]

August 29, 2017
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The Old Vine Series Skurfberg 2016

Eben Sadie’s Skurfberg 2016 from Chenin Blanc planted between 1940 and 1955 up the West Coast pretty much in the middle of nowhere, is staggeringly good. On the nose, dried herbs and flowers, before citrus, peach, apple and vanilla pod. The palate shows extraordinary fruit density plus a little bit of phenolic grip making this […]

August 28, 2017
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Tamboerskloof Syrah 2014

If you like your Syrah dark and deep, the Tamboerskloof from Kleinood in Stellenbosh is one of the most reliable around. The 2014 has just been released and it’s on song. Including 2% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier, the wine was matured for 19 months in 500-litre barrels, 16% new. On the nose, red and black […]

August 28, 2017
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The Old Vine Series Soldaat 2016

By winemaker Eben Sadie’s own admission, the drought of 2016 caused this Piekenierskloof vineyard of Grenache to ripen slightly more than usual. The result is more black fruit than usual – mulberry, bramble and a certain olive-like quality to go with top notes of scrub and purple flowers. The palate is medium-bodied with lemon-like acidity […]

August 25, 2017
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Kruger Family Wines Old Vines Cinsault 2017

Johan Kruger, previously of Sterhuis in Stellenbosch, now has his own label called simply Kruger Family Wines and the first bottling to catch the eye is the Old Vines Cinsault 2017. Grapes from a 64-year-old Piekenierskloof vineyard, fermentation involved 25% whole bunch and maturation lasted six months in older small French oak barrels. On the […]

August 24, 2017
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De Kleine Wijn Koöp portfolio tasting

De Kleine Wijn Koöp is a side-project of Rohan Etsebeth and Jan Solms of Stellenbosch design studio Fanakalo plus videographer and good friend Faan Rabie allowing the three to put some niche wines in cool packaging. It all started when they got some wine as payment in kind for some design work for a leading […]

August 23, 2017
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