Boplaas The 1932 Block Hanepoot 2015

Two comforting drops for a cold winter’s night from Boplaas in Calitzdorp: Boplaas The 1932 Block Hanepoot 2015 Price: R150 per 500ml bottle From an old block planted on the banks of the Gamka River. Citrus, saltana, a certain waxiness  and spice on the nose. Rich and thick textured. Well balanced with nicely coated acidity […]

June 15, 2017
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City on a Hill White 2016

André Bruyns, assistant winemaker to David and Nadia Sadie of the Swartland, also makes a white blend under his own label called City on a Hill, the second release 2016 now out and to my mind that much more complete than the maiden 2015. It’s a blend of 92% Chenin Blanc from two vineyards planted […]

June 15, 2017
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Bon Courage Inkara Shiraz 2014

Syrah du Monde is an annual French competition focusing on the famous Rhône variety, 372 entries from 26 countries received this year. South Africa won five of 33 gold medals, two of these going to wines from Robertson, tasting notes and ratings as follows: Bon Courage Inkara Shiraz 2014 Price: R165 Gets the full treatment […]

June 14, 2017
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Uitkyk Chenin Blanc 2015

Lusan, the joint venture between Distell and German businessman Hans Schrieber, is dissolving with Le Bonheur and Stellenzicht sold and Uitkyk evidently also on the market. In the meantime, Uitkyk winemaker Estelle Lourens quietly goes about her business, her Chenin Blanc 2015 (the first release since 2012) recently receiving a gold medal at the Old […]

June 13, 2017
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David & Nadia Siebritskloof new releases

The Siebritskloof wines that David and Nadia Sadie make are from vineyards on the Paardebosch farm where they are based. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases as follows: David & Nadia Siebritskloof Semillon 2016 Price: R205 From two vineyards, one planted in 1960 and the other in 1972. The nose shows pronounced reduction […]

June 12, 2017
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David & Nadia new releases

It’s becoming clear that winemakers needed to be particularly shrewd in hot and dry 2016, a vintage with very little room for error. Get it right, however, and the resulting wines are particularly striking. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases from Swartland husband-and-wife team David and Nadia Sadie as follows: David & Nadia […]

June 12, 2017
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Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir 2016

The shortcomings of cork as a wine closure – taint and random bottle oxidation – are pointed out ad nauseam by its detractors but the alternative which is screwcap has its own deficiency, which is that it tends to exacerbate reduction on a wine. The 2016 vintage of the Estate Pinot Noir from Paul Cluver […]

June 9, 2017
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Baleia Erhard Pinot Noir 2014

Originally grain and sheep farmers, the Joubert family established vineyards on their farm Dassieklip near the town of Vermaaklikheid on the Cape South Coast in 2009, a cellar in turn erected outside nearby Riversdale, and so Baleia Wines was born. Pinot Noir is a speciality and the current release 2014 is somewhat rustic but very […]

June 8, 2017
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