Aristea maiden releases

Aristea is a new wine brand which sees Matt Krone of Matthew Krone Wines in partnership with Martin Krajewski, a UK businessman who owns vineyards in Pomerol and Saint Émilion and Florent Dumeau, a renowned Bordeaux consultant. Tasting notes and ratings for the maiden releases as follows: Aristea Chardonnay 2016 Price: R290 W.O. Stellenbosch. Matured […]

November 3, 2017
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Palladius 2015

Palladius 2015 from Sadie Family Wines is knock-out. A blend of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Semillon, Semillon Gris, Viognier, Clairette Blanche, Roussane, Verdelho, Colombard and Palomino, it’s the first vintage from a dedicated cellar, the components vinified clay amphorae and concrete eggs. The nose is exotic with notes of potpourri, cut apple, stone fruit, […]

November 2, 2017
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Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2014

The current release that fans of Stellenbosch property Kanonkop should not miss out on is the Paul Sauer 2014. A blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, it was matured for 24 months in French oak, 100% new. The nose is beguiling with notes of red and black fruit, flowers and […]

November 1, 2017
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Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2016

The Cape’s extended drought may be reducing the size of yields but generally seems to have had remarkably little effect on wine quality. The Black Label Pinotage 2016 from Kanonkop, however, does not seem to have benefited from warmer and drier conditions that prevailed during growing season. Grapes from a single vineyard planted on granite […]

November 1, 2017
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Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Elgin cellar Iona has become a Sauvignon Blanc powerhouse over the years and the latest releases don’t disappoint. Sophie te’Blanche Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Price: R85 W.O. Cape South Coast (80% Elgin). White peach, grapefruit and a little white pepper on the nose. No shortage of richness – really good fruit concentration and nicely coated acidity […]

October 31, 2017
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Durbanville Hills The Tangram Red 2013

The Tangram Red 2013 is the second vintage of the top of the range Bordeaux-style blend from Durbanville Hills, selling for the not inconsiderable price of R895 a bottle. What do you get for your money? It’s a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the […]

October 31, 2017
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Beeslaar Pinotage 2016

The 2016 vintage of Beeslaar Pinotage, the own label wine of Kanonkop’s Abrie Beelaar is the best yet. The back label refers to two heat waves during the growing season, the first in October during flowering and creating a smaller yield than usual and the second in January serving to give the fruit extra concentration. […]

October 30, 2017
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Badsberg Pinotage 2016

The SA Young Wine Show, dating back to 1833, exists to recognise the top wines of the current vintage, the General Smuts Trophy is awarded to the best young wine overall. It was somewhat bemusing to hear that Namaqua Wines won it this year for its Ruby Cabernet, Carmenere and Merlot blend but good luck […]

October 27, 2017
by Christian
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