Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2015

What to make of Vivino, the app which offers price comparisons and ratings for just about any wine and has to date attracted 23 million users? Bellingham thinks it’s a pretty big deal – the Bernard Series Syrah 2013 from this producer  currently having 232 Vivino ratings to its name, the average rating being 4.2 […]

April 6, 2017
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Carinus Family Vineyards Rooidraai Chenin Blanc 2016

Danie and Hugo Carinus have taken some liberty in calling their wine label Carinus Family Vineyards in that they are only very distantly related. They are, however, good friends and grape growers who supply some of the leading producers in the country from vineyards situated in Devon Valley, Polkadraai and the Swartland. Their label has […]

April 5, 2017
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Alvi’s Drift Verreaux Pinotage 2013

Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar takes its name from the low-water bridge crossing the Breede River on the Van der Merwe family farm outside Worcester. The property is 7 000ha in size, 410ha under vineyard with medical doctor Alvi and former Distell head winemaker Linley Schultz heading up winemaking. Pinotage is claimed as a specialty and […]

April 4, 2017
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Shannon Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc from Shannon Vineyards in Elgin is now well established as one of the more refined and stylish examples of the variety around. As is customary, the newly released 2016 contains a 10% portion of Semillon, which underwent spontaneous fermentation and maturation for three months in new oak, this providing extra […]

April 4, 2017
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Fairview Old Paarl Bushvines Cinsault 2016

And now Fairview also comes to the Cinsaut/Cinsault party with this 2016 from Paarl vineyards over 30 years in age, winemaking involving fermentation in open-top oak fermenters, 20% whole bunch before 10 months of maturation in third- and fourth-fill barrels. On the nose, a hint of lavender before black cherry, earth and spice. The palate […]

April 3, 2017
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Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Cinsault 2016

Cinsaut/Cinsault’s shift from fringe to mainstream continues apace with the Cellar Selection 2016 from Kleine Zalze selling for R67 a bottle. From a combination of Darling and Paardeberg grapes, the wine saw no oak in its production. On the nose, some floral fragrance and candy floss before red cherry and strawberry while the palate displays […]

April 3, 2017
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Top three wines of March 2017

Here are our three most highly rated current-release wines of last month: De Grendel Op die Berg Pinot Noir 2013 – 95 (read original review here) Leeu Passant Dry Red Wine 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2015 – 95 (read original review here)

April 1, 2017
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Paul Roos Die Filantroop 2015

Paul Roos Farming is a BEE project in Stellenbosch, sales of the wines made under this label providing funding for education of the workers’ children. Paul Roos Die Skoolhoof 2015 Price: R225 76% Chenin Blanc, 24% Chardonnay. Spontaneous fermentation in 300-litre barrels, 18% new. A subtle nose of citrus and peach, ginger and spice plus […]

March 31, 2017
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