Kloovenburg Carignan 2015

At Kloovenburg in the Swartland, Carignan was planted in 2011 in order to provide a further component for the premium red blend called Eight Feet but winemaker Jolandie Fouché was so taken with what the 2015 harvest provided that she decided to make a small batch of single-variety wine – 30% whole bunch fermented, it […]

November 28, 2016
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Kasteelberg Pinotage 2015

Kasteelberg is the reserve label of large-volume Swartland winery Riebeek Cellars and the Pinotage 2015 is well worth seeking out. Grapes from irrigated bush vines, the wine was matured for 12 months in French oak, partially new. On the nose, macerated cherry, flowers, earth and spice – just so typical of the area. The palate […]

November 28, 2016
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Brutus Family Reserve Chardonnay 2016

Vivian Kleynhans (née Brutus) and siblings (six sisters and one brother) hail from West Coast fishing village Paternoster. They founded African Roots Wine Brands in 2005, the first label to be established being Seven Sisters, constituting various entry-level wines, total production now some 110 000 bottles. In 2009, the family was awarded a barren piece […]

November 27, 2016
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The Rhebok 2013

Rhebokskloof in Paarl was acquired by brothers Albie ad Siebrits Laker of ASLA Construction in 2006, the property positioned as an all-purpose winelands destination able to cater for weddings and conferences plus a spa, tented camp, mountain biking and horse riding on offer. Some 38ha of 160ha are under vineyard with Rolanie Lotz in charge […]

November 25, 2016
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Delaire Graff Woolworths Redstone 2015

Upmarket retailer Woolworths stocks wines generally available in the trade but also increasingly collaborate with producers to provide wines exclusively bottled for their customers. So, for instance, you can buy the Bordeaux-style red blend that is Botmaskop from Delaire Graff (no vintage specified on the website) in Stellenbosch for R169.95 a bottle or you can […]

November 24, 2016
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Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2016

Stellenrust in Stellenbosch does amazing things with Chenin Blanc, the standard label 2016 right up there with its more expensive cuvees. From vineyards none younger than 30 years and some over 40, the majority of the wine is tank fermented although a small portion sees older oak. The nose is wonderfully expressive with notes of […]

November 23, 2016
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Stellenrust 51 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015

The 51 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch cellar Stellenrust is delicious but bloody gigantic (price: R140 a bottle). On the nose, citrus, pear, peach and apricot plus a hint of reduction. The palate meanwhile is utterly luscious, possessing both depth and breadth before a long and gently savoury finish. It makes a huge impression […]

November 23, 2016
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Stellenzicht The Vine Post Pinotage 2014

The stand-out wine among an array of new-release “speciality wines” from Stellenbosch property Stellenzicht is The Vine Post Pinotage 2014 (price: R190 a bottle). From a individually staked vineyard planted in 2008 some 400m above sea level, the wine was matured for 29 months in 100% new oak, 60% East European and 40% French. On […]

November 23, 2016
by Christian
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