Villion Blanc de l’Atlantique 2016

Kobie Viljoen, previously of Gäbrielskloof, now makes wine under his Villion Family Wines label – he is a descendant of Francois Villion, the first French Huguenot to settle in the Cape having arrived in 1671, Villion subsequently adulterated to Viljoen. While self-employment is good for the soul, it’s nevertheless nerve-wracking in business terms but Viljoen […]

February 2, 2017
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De Toren Fusion V 2014

Fusion V from Stellenbosch property De Toren has a reputation for being luxuriously styled, which is to say very dense and plush, but I have to say I found the current-release 2014 less overblown than I expected. A five-way blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon at 53%, it has an attractive nose of red and black […]

February 1, 2017
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Hemel-en-Aarde Winegrowers Pinot Noir Celebration 2017 – ratings

The 2015 vintage in the three Hemel-en-Aarde wards was early, grapes harvested in particularly good condition by all accounts and this shows in the end-wines, these having particularly purity and clarity compared to 2014. Ratings based on the tasting at the recent Hemel-en-Aarde Winegrowers Pinot Noir Celebration 2017 as follows: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Hamilton Russell Vineyards […]

January 30, 2017
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Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2016

Only Anthony Hamilton Russell of Hamilton Russell Vineyards would be mildly dismissive of his own wine rating 5 Stars in Platter’s but that’s precisely the impression he gave when discussing the 2015 at the recent Hemel-en-Aarede Winegrowers Pinot Celebration, his comment being that it was particularly “commercial” on account of how generous the fruit appears […]

January 30, 2017
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Olifantsberg Silhouette 2014

Worcester property Olifantsberg gained prominence when the 2013 vintage was judged best Shiraz-based red blend at last year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show (see here) and the follow-up 2014 is now available. A blend of 85% Syrah (40% of which was sourced from the Swartland), 7.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Carignan, 2.5% Mourvèdre and 1.5% Grenache, […]

January 27, 2017
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Mount Abora Saffraan Cinsaut 2015

Saffraan Cinsaut under the Mount Abora label always sits high up on the deliciousness index, the 2015 particularly so (Wine Cellar price: R110 a bottle). Made by Johan “Stompie” Meyer, grapes come from a 37-year-old Swartland vineyard, the final wine extraordinarily expressive despite a alcohol of just 11.19%. The nose shows raspberry, strawberry, red rose, […]

January 26, 2017
by Christian
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Constantia Royale Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Constantia Royale is the name given to the Sauvignon Blanc off vineyards grown on the small Constantia property known as Nova Zonnestraal, Roger Burton previously of Tierhoek in Piekenierskloof the winemaker. Burton says that in 2016 he implemented new practices in the vineyard – a more open canopy – to facilitate “more fruitiness” and the […]

January 26, 2017
by Christian
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Esona Single Vineyard Shiraz 2013

Rowan and Caryl Beattie, owners of the property Esona situated between Robertson and Bonnievale, have an interesting approach to sales in that they retain stocks of various vintages enabling customers to compare and contrast. They feel their wines from the 2013 vintage (made by Lourens van der Westuhuizen of nearby Arendsig) are showing particularly well […]

January 25, 2017
by Christian
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