Bizoe Henriëtta 2014

Winemaker Rikus Neethling  founded his own label Bizoe in 2008 and has over the years gained acclaim both locally and internationally for his Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc blend (called Henriëtta after his mother) although it has tended to go somewhat uncelebrated by the Winemag.co.za panel, the 2014 vintage rating 85 when tasted in September 2015 and the […]

June 22, 2017
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Boplaas Gamka Family Reserve 2015

The Gamka Family Reserve from Boplaas is a Calitzdorp-Stellenbosch mash-up which sees Portuguese varieties blended with Shiraz, the 2015 consisting of 36% Touriga Nacional and 25% Tinta Barocca combined with 39% Shiraz, the wine matured for 12 months in French oak, 100% new. The nose shows red and black fruit, geranium, scrub, some earthiness and […]

June 21, 2017
by Christian
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Nederburg The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2016

The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2016 from Nedeburg recently won a platinum medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 207for the best South African Chenin Blanc priced at over £15 and it must be said the tasters in question have done a good job. Grapes are sourced variously from old untrellised vineyards in Darling, Durbanville and […]

June 20, 2017
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Darling Old Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 2016

The Harold Eedes Trophy for Best Chenin Blanc at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show went to the Old Bush Vines 2016 from Darling Cellars, grapes from 38 and 39 year old vineyards, only 1 642 bottles made and the wine selling for R183 a bottle. It’s a particularly understated rendition with elusive notes […]

June 19, 2017
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Buitenverwachting Meifort 2014

In something of a turn up for the books, the second-label Meifort 2014 from Constantia property Buitenverwachting beat all comers to take the trophy for best Bordeaux-style red blend at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Consisting of 40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot, it was […]

June 16, 2017
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Boplaas The 1932 Block Hanepoot 2015

Two comforting drops for a cold winter’s night from Boplaas in Calitzdorp: Boplaas The 1932 Block Hanepoot 2015 Price: R150 per 500ml bottle From an old block planted on the banks of the Gamka River. Citrus, saltana, a certain waxiness  and spice on the nose. Rich and thick textured. Well balanced with nicely coated acidity […]

June 15, 2017
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City on a Hill White 2016

André Bruyns, assistant winemaker to David and Nadia Sadie of the Swartland, also makes a white blend under his own label called City on a Hill, the second release 2016 now out and to my mind that much more complete than the maiden 2015. It’s a blend of 92% Chenin Blanc from two vineyards planted […]

June 15, 2017
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Bon Courage Inkara Shiraz 2014

Syrah du Monde is an annual French competition focusing on the famous Rhône variety, 372 entries from 26 countries received this year. South Africa won five of 33 gold medals, two of these going to wines from Robertson, tasting notes and ratings as follows: Bon Courage Inkara Shiraz 2014 Price: R165 Gets the full treatment […]

June 14, 2017
by Christian
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