Strydom Danièle Chenin Blanc 2016

With Rianie Strydom winemaker at Haskell Vineyards and husband Louis managing director at Ernie Els Wines, their respective credentials are well established and it is therefore comes as no surprise that their own wines under the family name are shaping well. The Rex 2014 rated 92 in the recent Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report, for instance, […]

June 7, 2017
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Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir 2016

The Nom Pinot Noir 2016 from Jessica Saurwein is a step up on her maiden vintage 2015. From the same Kaaimansgat vineyard near Villiersdorp, it’s light but vivid in colour. On the nose, red fruit – currant and cherry – plus subtle vanilla. The palate is intensely flavoured but not weighty – focused and all […]

June 6, 2017
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Hermit on the Hill Syrah 2015

The Syrah from Stellenbosch property Lievland was a category front runner in the early 2000s when the property was owned by Cape Wine Master Paul Benadé but then the property was sold and the label dropped from prominence although those in the know continue to hold the actual site in high regard. Pieter de Waal […]

June 5, 2017
by Christian
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The Giant Periwinkle Blanc Fumé 2016

Pierre Rabie, an advocate by profession, pleads the case of wooded Sauvignon in his spare time – he’s made his Blanc Fum é from Elim grapes since the 2013 vintage and his 2016 is his best yet. Barrel fermented and matured in old oak for some five months, the nose shows a top note of […]

June 5, 2017
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Petrolhead Red Blend 2016

The produce of Swartland property Meerhof went under the Antebellum label for a while and then Antebellum became Redelinghuys Family Wines and what you’ll now find in the marketplace from winemaker and motoring enthusiast Herman Redelinghuys is Petrolhead. Tasting notes and ratings for the most recent releases as follows: Petrolhead White Blend 2016 Price: R250 […]

June 2, 2017
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Top nine wines of May 2017

Here are our nine most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Alheit Vineyards La Colline 2016 – 97 (read original review here) Alheit Vineyards Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2016 – 96 (read original review here) Alheit Vineyards Radio Lazarus 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Rall Grenache Blanc 2016 – 95 (read original […]

June 1, 2017
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Paserene Union 2015

Paserene is the own label of Martin Smith, one time consultant at Vilafonté. Existing wines include a Chardonnay and a red blend called Marathon featuring Carmenère and Petit Verdot, these now joined  by another red blend from the 2015 vintage called Union. From 50% Syrah, 37% Carignan and 13% Mourvèdre grown in Tulbagh, the wine […]

May 31, 2017
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Listen: Singita’s François Rautenbach on judging at OMTWS 2017

François Rautenbach, head of the Premier Wine Direct programme for Singita Game Reserves, was a judge at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Here he talks about recent developments in SA wine quality:

May 30, 2017
by Christian
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