Meerlust Rubicon 2014

The 2014 vintage was generally considered difficult in Stellenbosch on account of untimely rain which led to uneven ripening but many of the wines have turned out just fine, perhaps on the basis that adversity compels winemakers to be more resourceful. The Rubicon 2014 from Meerlust is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, […]

May 17, 2017
by Christian
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Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2013

One is inclined to think of the Bordeaux-style red blend that is Paul Sauer from Stellenbosch property Kanonkop as the epitome of elegance and restraint but the 2013 is a bit of a bruiser. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 12% Merlot, it was matured in 100% new oak for 24 […]

May 17, 2017
by Christian
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Stand Alone Pinot Noir 2014

Alexander Grier, assistant winemaker at La Vierge, has done a good job with the maiden 2014 vintage of his own-label Stand Alone Pinot Noir [correction: Grier left La Vierge for Villiera at the end of April]. Grapes from the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, the wine went through spontaneous fermentation with 20% whole bunch, maturation lasting 10 […]

May 16, 2017
by Christian
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Thelema Shiraz 2013

Stellenbosch property Thelema is well known for its Cabernet Sauvignon but has also made a Shiraz since the 2000 vintage which perhaps deserves more appreciation than it gets. The current release is 2013 is largely from two vineyards planted in 2000 and 2001 but also includes 8% Grenache. Winemaker Rudi Schultz incorporates at least 50% […]

May 15, 2017
by Christian
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Rall new releases

The 2016 vintage was an exceptionally hot and dry vintage and therefore particularly challenging. Donovan Rall of Rall Wine explains his approach was to harvest at least some of the vineyards he works with earlier in order to ensure freshness in the resulting wine and this strategy has worked beautifully. Rall Grenache Blanc 2016 Price: […]

May 12, 2017
by Christian
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De Grendel Sir David Graaff 2013

De Grendel joins the ranks of wineries which have breached the R1000-a-bottle barrier, its Sir David Graaff 2013 selling online for R1380 bottle. Made in honour of the First Baronet of Cape Town 2013 and founder of this Durbanville farm, it comprises 80% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot, components individually matured for […]

May 10, 2017
by Christian
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Marras Piekenierskloof Grenache 2016

Martin Lamprecht, incumbent at Voor Paardeberg property Dorran Vineyards, also has his own label known as Marras Wines, sourcing grapes from both Piekenierskloof and the Swartland. His Piekenierskloof Grenache 2016 was cold soaked for three days where most of the extraction took place, then partially spontaneously fermented and matured in older oak for 10 months. […]

May 9, 2017
by Christian
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Merwida Family Vintners Chenin Blanc 2016

The Opstal Carl Everson has put Breedekloof on the map when it comes to Chenin Blanc and other wineries in the region are now chasing hard, the Family Vintners 2016 from Merwida being a case in point. Grapes from 15 year old vines, fermentation was begun in tank and finished in barrel of various sizes […]

May 9, 2017
by Christian
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