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Metzer Family Chenin Blanc 2016

Wade Metzer of the boutique label Metzer Family Wines has managed to get his hands on a single vineyard of Helderberg Chenin Blanc planted...

The Chocolate Block 2016

Boekenhoutskloof's The Chocolate Block, grapes sourced exclusively from the Swartland since 2015, is a phenomenal brand. 1979 barrels proudly proclaims the front label of...

Richard Hilton Vineyards benchmark tasting

Boutique winemaker Richard Hilton recently hosted a benchmarking exercise for nine Cape Town sommeliers and me featuring his two favoured varieties, namely Viognier and...

Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut 2011

Tasting notes and ratings for the trophy winners at the Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge 2017 as follows: Best Brut: Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut 2011 White...

Kloovenburg Riebeekberg Syrah 2016

Kloovenburg is one of the larger Swartland farms where wine production vies with table grapes, olives and figs for attention. First bottling was in...

Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2017

The sixth annual Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2017 is now out. Special acknowledgements as follows: Winemakers of the year: Chris and Andrea Mullineux Young...

Mullineux Essence 2012

Andrea Mullinuex says of her fixation with straw wine that it is an effort to “showcase the sun” – botrytis is difficult to obtain...

Lowerland Tolbos Tannat 2016

Jancis Robinson terms Tannat a “tannic monster” while winemaker Lukas van Loggerenberg says it’s got “ballas”. The Lowerland Tolbos 2016 as crafted by Van...