Waverley Hills Grenache 2015

The Grenache 2015 from Tulbagh organic wine producer Waverley Hills makes for great everyday drinking. From bush vines yielding three tons a hectare, maturation lasted nine months in third-fill 500-litre barrels. The nose shows red cherries, floral perfume and spice while the palate is medium bodied with very fresh (some might say “spiky”) acidity. Not […]

August 12, 2016
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The Old Vine Series Pofadder 2015

From Swartland Cinsault. Heady aromatics of cherry, wild strawberry, earth, herbs and spice. The palate packs a punch – there’s good depth of flavour, fresh acidity and although the tannins are by no means coarse, the wine has more structure than many other versions of the grape. Wine Cellar price: R235 a bottle. #WinemagRating: 93/100. […]

August 12, 2016
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The Old Vine Series Skerpioen 2015

A Swartland field blend of Chenin Blanc and Palomino planted between 1958 and 1967. On the nose, pear and white peach, dried herbs and a hint of reduction. Relatively light and fresh (despite an alcohol of 14%) with a very savoury, almost saline finish. Not without texture but this phenolic rather than oily or greasy. […]

August 12, 2016
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The Old Vine Series Soldaat 2015

From ungrafted and unirrigated old bush vine Grenache in Piekenierskloof. A billowing nose of red and even some black berries, olive, fynbos and fresh herbs. The palate is super-flavourful with snappy acidity and prickly tannins – lots of whole-bunch fermentation character in evidence. It’s a particular take on the variety, winemaker Eben Sadie having apparently […]

August 11, 2016
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The Old Vine Series Kokerboom 2015

From Olifantsrivier Semillon planted in the 1930s and including both the white- and red-skinned versions of the grape. On the nose, green apple, lime and naartjie plus some herbal character. The palace is rich, full and intensely flavoured. Nicely coated acidity and some pithy bite on the finish. A dramatic wine. Wine Cellar price: R280 […]

August 11, 2016
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Mother Rock Syrah 2015

Mother Rock is a collaboration between winemaker Johan “Stompie” Meyer and Ben Henshaw of London wine merchant Indigo. Their everyday drinking Force Majeure wines have been around for a while now but today saw the maiden release of six first-label wines, all grapes sourced from exceptional parcels in the Swartland and made as naturally as […]

August 10, 2016
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The Old Vine Series Treinspoor 2015

How much to expect from single-variety Tinta Barocca? This wine is from a Swartland vineyard planted in 1974 and the first impression the nose of the 2015 gives is a subtle meatiness and then flowers, red fruit, spice and white pepper. The palate shows good flavour intensity, fresh acidity and fine tannins. It’s a striking […]

August 10, 2016
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The Old Vine Series ‘T Voetpad 2015

A Swartland field blend of Chenin Blanc, Muscat, Palomino, Semillon and Semillon Gris, planted in stages from 1900 to 1928. The 2015 has a captivating nose of pear, peach and citrus plus dried herbs and a certain talcum-powder-like quality. The palate is quite beautiful – pure, fresh and textured. Nothing exaggerated about it, while the […]

August 10, 2016
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