Uitkyk Chenin Blanc 2015

Lusan, the joint venture between Distell and German businessman Hans Schrieber, is dissolving with Le Bonheur and Stellenzicht sold and Uitkyk evidently also on the market. In the meantime, Uitkyk winemaker Estelle Lourens quietly goes about her business, her Chenin Blanc 2015 (the first release since 2012) recently receiving a gold medal at the Old […]

June 13, 2017
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David & Nadia Siebritskloof new releases

The Siebritskloof wines that David and Nadia Sadie make are from vineyards on the Paardebosch farm where they are based. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases as follows: David & Nadia Siebritskloof Semillon 2016 Price: R205 From two vineyards, one planted in 1960 and the other in 1972. The nose shows pronounced reduction […]

June 12, 2017
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David & Nadia new releases

It’s becoming clear that winemakers needed to be particularly shrewd in hot and dry 2016, a vintage with very little room for error. Get it right, however, and the resulting wines are particularly striking. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases from Swartland husband-and-wife team David and Nadia Sadie as follows: David & Nadia […]

June 12, 2017
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Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir 2016

The shortcomings of cork as a wine closure – taint and random bottle oxidation – are pointed out ad nauseam by its detractors but the alternative which is screwcap has its own deficiency, which is that it tends to exacerbate reduction on a wine. The 2016 vintage of the Estate Pinot Noir from Paul Cluver […]

June 9, 2017
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Baleia Erhard Pinot Noir 2014

Originally grain and sheep farmers, the Joubert family established vineyards on their farm Dassieklip near the town of Vermaaklikheid on the Cape South Coast in 2009, a cellar in turn erected outside nearby Riversdale, and so Baleia Wines was born. Pinot Noir is a speciality and the current release 2014 is somewhat rustic but very […]

June 8, 2017
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Strydom Danièle Chenin Blanc 2016

With Rianie Strydom winemaker at Haskell Vineyards and husband Louis managing director at Ernie Els Wines, their respective credentials are well established and it is therefore comes as no surprise that their own wines under the family name are shaping well. The Rex 2014 rated 92 in the recent Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report, for instance, […]

June 7, 2017
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Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir 2016

The Nom Pinot Noir 2016 from Jessica Saurwein is a step up on her maiden vintage 2015. From the same Kaaimansgat vineyard near Villiersdorp, it’s light but vivid in colour. On the nose, red fruit – currant and cherry – plus subtle vanilla. The palate is intensely flavoured but not weighty – focused and all […]

June 6, 2017
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Hermit on the Hill Syrah 2015

The Syrah from Stellenbosch property Lievland was a category front runner in the early 2000s when the property was owned by Cape Wine Master Paul Benadé but then the property was sold and the label dropped from prominence although those in the know continue to hold the actual site in high regard. Pieter de Waal […]

June 5, 2017
by Christian
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