Crystallum Cuvée Cinema Pinot Noir 2015

The 2015s of Peter-Allan Finlayson’s various takes on Pinot Noir under the Crystallum label were recently released and suffice to say, the hype surrounding this vintage seems very much justified. Tasting notes and ratings as follows: Crystallum Peter Max Pinot Noir 2015 Wine Cellar price: R215 Grapes sourced from Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Overberg and […]

July 27, 2016
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Rhebokskloof Cellar Selection Bosstok Chenin Blanc 2015

How much to expect from unwooded Chenin Blanc? The Cellar Selection Bosstok 2015 from Rhebokskloof in Paarl comes from not particularly old vineyards [I’ve subsequently been informed that grapes were from two blocks, one 19 years old and the other 28] and features pretty conventional winemaking, fermentation occurring via inoculation in tank but I think […]

July 26, 2016
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Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 2012

The Private Bin Eminence 2012 from Nederburg continues to pick up awards most recently placing among the top 10 at the Muscats du Monde competition in France having also won the trophy for best unfortified dessert wine at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and national sweet wine trophy at the International Wine Challenge. […]

July 25, 2016
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The Fledge & Co. Red 2014

According to SAWIS, Touriga Franca was South Africa’s 79th most planted variety with 2.54ha in the ground at the end of 2015, which makes the Red 2014 from Leon Coetzee-Margaux Nel initiative known as The Fledge & Co. particularly exotic, it being a blend of 45% Touriga Franca, 40% Touriga Nacional and 15% Syrah, sourced […]

July 25, 2016
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Natte Valleij Cinsault 2015

Alex Milner of Natte Valleij in Stellenbosch is one of the new wave winemakers who’s championing Cinsault. He relates that he first worked with it in Domaine de Trienne in Provence, France and says “It impressed me there causing me to wonder why it was so widely planted in SA but so little was done […]

July 22, 2016
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The Grande Provence Amophora 2015

Karl Lambour has left Grande Provence in Franschhoek to become GM at Stellenbosch property Tokara on a high note, two excellent new wines made under his watch released yesterday. Grande Provence Wooded Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Price: R150 Grapes from Maastricht in Durbanville. Matured for 11 months in 500-litre French oak barrels, 20% new. The main […]

July 21, 2016
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Bellingham Homestead The Old Orchards Chenin Blanc 2015

When Bellingham launched a new tier of wines under the Homestead label earlier in the year, I have to confess to be a little underwhelmed (see here). The Old Orchards Chenin Blanc 2015, available only from the tasting room, is a different proposition altogether. From 25-year-old Agter Paarl vineyards, juice underwent spontaneous fermentation and maturation […]

July 20, 2016
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Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – 2014

“The issue when it comes to Cabernet Sauvignon,” says Philip Constandius, winemaker at Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch, “is to manage the pyrazines. You can’t wish them away. You have to manage them.” This remark was made during a vertical tasting of the property’s Cab from the maiden 2008 to 2014 vintage and what was fascinating […]

July 20, 2016
by Christian
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