Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2013

Winemaker Matt Day of Klein Constantia has worked hard over the last few vintages to bring ever more refinement to the property’s famous sweet wine that is Vin de Constance (R895 per 500ml bottle) and the currently available 2013 is his best effort yet. From Muscat de Frontignan, the nose is wonderfully fragrant with notes […]

July 5, 2017
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Mont Blois new releases

Ernst and Nina-Marie Bruwer own and run three Robertson farms (total area under vineyard: 290h) and in so doing, continue a well-established family legacy – Ernst is the sixth generation of his family to farm here, property first acquired in 1869 and the cellar originally built in 1884. Mont Blois has long supplied Distell and […]

July 3, 2017
by Christian
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Tokara Director’s Reserve Red vertical

Miles Mossop, outgoing winemaker at Stellenbosch cellar Tokara, says he has always sought a “sense of power and a sense of place” in the Cape Bordeaux red blend that is Director’s Reserve and a vertical from the maiden 2003 to current-release 2013 (from magnum) emphatically demonstrated this 2003 Alc: 14.02% 73% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, […]

June 30, 2017
by Christian
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Marianne Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Blanc Fumé (wooded Sauvignon Blanc) is enjoying something of a resurgence, one of the cellars who are pursuing this style being Marianne in Stellenbosch. The 2015 was impressive (see here) and the 2016 is again on the money, winning gold at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Including 8% Semillon, it was fermented and […]

June 29, 2017
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Klein Constantia old wine tasting

Yesterday a tasting of various old wines from the Klein Constantia library presented by managing director Hans Astrom and winemaker Matt Day, my three stand-out wines as follows: Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc Noble Late Harvest 1998 Alc 14.21% RS 138.7g/l TA 8.8g/l pH3.7 Dark orange with a pale rim. Burnt sugar, orange and a little […]

June 28, 2017
by Christian
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Uva Mira The Dance Cabernet Franc 2014

Uva Mira in Stellenbosch is turning out some seriously classy stuff since Christiaan Coetzee took over as winemaker in 2012, The Dance Cabernet Franc 2014 a case in point. Matured for 19 months in French oak, 70% new, the nose shows red fruit, some leafiness and subtle oak-derived notes of vanilla and spice. The attention […]

June 26, 2017
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Hartenberg Gravel Hill Shiraz 2012

Wines of power are somewhat out of fashion relative to wines of elegance and restraint but there remains a place for the former especially when the winter cold draws in. The Gravel Hill Shiraz from Hartenberg has never been particularly shy or modest but the 2012 impresses on account of the intricacy it manages to […]

June 23, 2017
by Christian
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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
by Christian
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