Avondale Samsara Syah 2009

Jonathan Grieve, owner and manager of Paarl property Avondale, has a policy of delaying the release of his red wines, the 2009 vintage of the Samsara Syrah having just gone on sale. Part of his approach to winemaking is to employ warmer ferments and longer skin contact than is usual, thereby dispensing with primary fruit […]

March 10, 2017
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Cape of Good Hope Laing Semillon 2014

The Old Vine Project, begun by viticulturist Rosa Kruger with support from businessman Johann Rupert in 2005, was formalised last year – Jaco Englebrecht consulting on viticulture and André Morgenthal, formerly of WOSA, heading up communications. Last night, the two presented a public tasting as part of the University of Stellenbosch’s annual Woordfees, the line-up […]

March 9, 2017
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Joostenberg Die Agteros Chenin Blanc 2016

Tyrrel Myburgh, winemaker at Paarl winery Joostenberg, continues to effect change to the house style, not so much a denial of what has come before but rather a subtle tweaking of approach in vineyard and cellar to “optimize the influences of terroir” and thereby deliver a more sophisticated product. Tasting notes and ratings for current […]

March 8, 2017
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Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2015

Does it make sense to designate an entry-level wine as “Syrah” rather than “Shiraz”, the former term more highbrow and the latter more populist? Yes, in the case of Porcupine Ridge, this wine made by Boekenhoutskloof from Swartland grapes certainly more what you might expect from the Rhône rather than anything from the New World. […]

March 7, 2017
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Meerlust Rubicon 2013

The Bordeaux-style red blend that is Rubicon from Stellenbosch property Meerlust is as close as anything to being iconic and to state the obvious, no wine acquires that status by being erratic and unreliable. The current-release 2013 (Wine Cellar price: R329 a bottle) is blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and […]

March 6, 2017
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Oldenburg Vineyards Viognier 2015

Single-variety Viognier has always been a tough nut to crack under local conditions but that hasn’t stopped Philip Costandius, winemaker and MD at Stellenbosch property Oldenburg Vineyards from trying. The maiden 2015 vintage (R165 a bottle) was fermented and matured for 19 months in a 300-litre French and Hungarian oak barrels, 50% new, The nose […]

March 1, 2017
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Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016

The Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc from Ken Forrester Vineyards in Stellenbosch has always offered extraordinary bang for your buck and the 2016 vintage is no different. Grapes from 37 year old vineyards, the wine was fermented in a combination of tank and barrel before nine months of maturation in French oak, 20% new. On […]

February 28, 2017
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Du Toitskloof Quest Heroes Journey 2 Rhône Blend 2012

Du Toitskloof in Rawsonville, which produces some 700 000 cases of own-label wine a year, recently launched a top-end range of wines under the Quest label, the stand-out wine among the current releases being the Rhône Blend 2012 (R160 a bottle). Consisting of 70% Shiraz and 30% Mourvèdre sourced from various vineyards in the Western […]

February 27, 2017
by Christian
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