Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2014

While the 2013 vintage of Shiraz from Constantia property Eagles’ Nest was particularly striking, the currently available 2014 seems more understated. Matured for 20 months in French oak, a third of which was new, the wine displays aromas of red fruit, white pepper, vanilla and a hint of reduction. It’s medium bodied with pure fruit, […]

May 24, 2017
by Christian
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Thorne & Daughters new releases

John and Tasha Seccombe of Thorne & Daughters have just released their wines from the hot and dry 2016 vintage and again what is remarkable is just how super-concentrated the whites are. Tasting notes and scores as follows: Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2016 Approximate retail price: R260 A blend of 27% Semillon, 25% Chardonnay, […]

May 23, 2017
by Christian
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Hogan new releases

The 2016 vintage was challenging on account of being exceptionally hot and dry and it’s fascinating to see how different winemakers dealt with it. Jocelyn Hogan Wilson felt compelled to pick the Swartland vineyards that supply her Chenin Blanc earlier than usual, 27 January to be precise. The wine, however, is still strikingly rich and […]

May 23, 2017
by Christian
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Terracura Syrah 2015

Silwervis Wines was started in the spirit of “healthy rebellion” that the now defunct Swartland Revolution epitomized by winemaker Ryan Mostert and partner Samantha Suddons, financial whizz Michael Roets and wine retailer Roland Peens. To date, they have been four funky wines with funky labels, namely Smiley White and Red, both non-vintage and Silwervis White […]

May 22, 2017
by Christian
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The Great Red 2015

The Great South African Wine Company is a spin-off undertaking started by DeMorgenzon winemaker Carl van der Merwe and owner Wendy Appelbaum, tasting notes and ratings for the maiden releases as follows: The Great White 2015 Wine Cellar price: R160 From Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Chenin Blanc. The nose shows lime, lemon and white peach […]

May 19, 2017
by Christian
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Botanica Mary Delany Collection Chenin Blanc 2015

From the Citrusdal Mountain ward which also supplies grapes for the likes of Alheit Vineyards’ Magnetic North Mountain Makstok and The Sadie Family’s Skurfberg, the Botanica Mary Delany Collection Chenin Blanc from Ginny Povall has many fans, the 2015 currently available from Wine Cellar at R280 a bottle. On the nose, lemon and orange, stone […]

May 18, 2017
by Christian
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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
with 4 Comments
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