The Fledge and Co. Jikken Bareru new releases

Leon Coetzee and Boplaas winemaker Margaux Nel of The Fledge and Co. have now formalized Jikken Bareru (Japenese for “Experimental Barrels”) as their second label, wines in this range defined as “everyday interesting” and allowing the couple to make their top stuff even more refined. Tasting notes and ratings for the current releases as follows: […]

January 9, 2018
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Fairview Jakkalsfontein Shiraz 2014

Paarl cellar Fairview has three examples of Shiraz among its single vineyard wines, tasting them next to each providing a fascinating study into the influence of site. Fairview The Beacon Shiraz 2014 Price: R285 Grapes from a vineyard planted in 1995 on shale in the Swartland. Matured for 20 months in French oak, 30% new. […]

January 8, 2018
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Sauvignon Blanc taste-off

Sauvignon Blanc is South Africa’s fifth most planted variety, area under vineyard having increased from 8 406ha in 2006 to 9 246ha in 2016. It remains extremely popular and just about every producer makes a competent version of it although it could be argued that the category is now so uniform as to be monotonous. […]

January 4, 2018
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Bellevue 1953 Pinotage 2016

Bellevue in Stellenbosch, famed for being one of the first farms to work with Pinotage, now has a top-end wine from a vineyard established in 1953. The nose shows red and black cherry plus vanilla and spice (maturation lasted 18 months in a combination of new and second-fill French oak barrels) with a little floral […]

January 3, 2018
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Neil Ellis Bottelary Hills Pinotage 2015

As we all know, Pinotage is a hit-and-miss affair. Get it wrong and the resulting wines can appear particularly disjointed. Get it right, however, and you end up with the excitement of the exotic not provided by the likes of Cab or Merlot. The team at Neil Ellis Wines have absolutely nailed it when it […]

January 2, 2018
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Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2012 vs 2013

Mèthode Cap Classique showed extremely well at this year’s Veritas with no less than seven wines winning double gold (see here), two of these going to Simonsig, the Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2012 and the Woolworths Pinot Noir Rosé 2015 being the wines in question. In something of a tour de force, this Stellenbosch […]

December 21, 2017
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Flotsam & Jetsam Cinsault 2017

Alheit Vineyards are proudly a white-wine-only operation so how to accommodate the need for some quaffable red? Flotsam & Jetsam Cinsault is designed to be just that, grapes from a Darling vineyard some 40 years old, winemaking involving whole-bunch fermentation. The 2017 shows red and black fruit, fennel, olive, earth and spice. The palate is […]

December 19, 2017
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Flotsam & Jetsam Chenin Blanc 2017

Chris and Suzaan Alheit of Alheit Vineyards have spent much time searching for interesting old Chenin Blanc vineyards to supply their first-label wines, anything not quite up to scratch ending up under the Flotsam & Jetsam label. The resulting wine typically offers extraordinary quality relative to value, tasting notes and rating for the 2017 as […]

December 18, 2017
by Christian
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