Longridge Pinotage 2015

Among those attempting to drive Pinotage in a more elegant and refined direction, you would have to include Stellenbosch property Longridge where Jasper Raats is in charge of winemaking, the 2015 vintage his most assured rendition of the variety to date. Grapes from bush vines with an average age of 40 years, fermentation occurred spontaneously […]

February 20, 2017
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Jasper Raats Single Vineyard Driefontein Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Jasper Raats worked extensively with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir during a seven-year stint in New Zealand so his local renditions of these two varieties  make for interesting reference points.  Tasting notes and ratings for current releases as follows: Jasper Raats Single Vineyard Driefontein Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Price: R180 From a Helderberg vineyard farmed according […]

February 20, 2017
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Tokara Limited Release Pinotage 2014

The Pinotage from Stellenbosch cellar Tokara first came to light for me when the 2007 vintage was judged best in class at the 2010 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. That wine famously had an alcohol of over 15% and subsequent vintages have been in the same vein perhaps tending to be a bit overdone. The […]

February 17, 2017
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Mont Rochelle Miko White 2015

Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard, one of the properties in UK businessman Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition portfolio, has Dustin Osborne in charge of viticulture and winemaking. The flagship wines appear under the Miko label in honour of the late Miko Rwayitare, Rwandan-born telecommunications businessman and former owner of Mont Rochelle, and the White […]

February 16, 2017
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Sauvage La Bri Blanc de Blancs 2011

Irene Waller has a bit of experience with Méthode Cap Classique having worked at Graham Beck before becoming GM and winemaker at Franschhoek property La Bri and it shows when you taste her Sauvage La Bri Blanc de Blancs 2011 (R350 a bottle). From a Chardonnay vineyard planted in 1991, the wine spent two months […]

February 15, 2017
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Meinert CWG Scholtzenhof Grande Chenin 2000

The Scholtzenhof Grande Chenin 2000 as made by Martin Meinert for the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction was the prototype of what became The FMC, the deluxe Chenin Blanc made in conjunction with Ken Forrester of Ken Forrester Wines. Last time I wrote it up was in 2011 (see here) where it rated 19/20 and some […]

February 14, 2017
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Glen Carlou The Curator’s Collection Mourvèdre 2014

It’s all change at Paarl winery Glen Carlou with businessman Wayne Pitout acquiring it last year from Hess Family Wine Estates and Johnnie Calitz, previously of Anura, replacing Arco Laarman as winemaker. It remains to be seen where Calitz takes Glen Carlou wines stylistically but Laarman has left behind a smart Mourvèdre 2014 under the […]

February 14, 2017
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Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc 2016

After working harvests around the world, Stephanie Wiid and Etienne Terblanche have established the Thistle & Weed label locally, their first release being Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc 2016. Grapes from a Muldersvlei vineyard over 65 years old, winemaking involved spontaneous fermentation in third-fill barrels before six months of maturation. The result is a wonderfully subtle and […]

February 13, 2017
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