The Giant Periwinkle Blanc Fumé 2016

Pierre Rabie, an advocate by profession, pleads the case of wooded Sauvignon in his spare time – he’s made his Blanc Fum é from Elim grapes since the 2013 vintage and his 2016 is his best yet. Barrel fermented and matured in old oak for some five months, the nose shows a top note of […]

June 5, 2017
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Petrolhead Red Blend 2016

The produce of Swartland property Meerhof went under the Antebellum label for a while and then Antebellum became Redelinghuys Family Wines and what you’ll now find in the marketplace from winemaker and motoring enthusiast Herman Redelinghuys is Petrolhead. Tasting notes and ratings for the most recent releases as follows: Petrolhead White Blend 2016 Price: R250 […]

June 2, 2017
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Top nine wines of May 2017

Here are our nine most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Alheit Vineyards La Colline 2016 – 97 (read original review here) Alheit Vineyards Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2016 – 96 (read original review here) Alheit Vineyards Radio Lazarus 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Rall Grenache Blanc 2016 – 95 (read original […]

June 1, 2017
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Paserene Union 2015

Paserene is the own label of Martin Smith, one time consultant at Vilafonté. Existing wines include a Chardonnay and a red blend called Marathon featuring Carmenère and Petit Verdot, these now joined  by another red blend from the 2015 vintage called Union. From 50% Syrah, 37% Carignan and 13% Mourvèdre grown in Tulbagh, the wine […]

May 31, 2017
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Listen: Singita’s François Rautenbach on judging at OMTWS 2017

François Rautenbach, head of the Premier Wine Direct programme for Singita Game Reserves, was a judge at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Here he talks about recent developments in SA wine quality:

May 30, 2017
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Listen: Wine ambassador Nkulu Mkhwanazi on judging at the OMTWS 2017

Nkulu Mkhwanazi, Durban-based wine ambassador, was a judge at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Here he talks about Cabernet Sauvignon in particular:

May 30, 2017
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Spioenkop Sarah Raal 2016

  No sooner does the 2015 vintage of the 1900 Chenin Blanc from Elgin producer Spioenkop rate 5 Stars in Platter’s than it is dispensed with. Whereas this wine contained a portion of Stellenbosch fruit, winemaker Koen Roose opted to make two versions of Chenin Blanc sourced entirely from his own property in  2016, the […]

May 30, 2017
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Lourens Family Wines new releases

Franco Lourens recently became assistant winemaker at the acclaimed Alheit Vineyards and his own label 2016s are damn fine, tasting notes and ratings as follows: Lindi Carien 2016 Price: R195 34% Grenache Blanc from Piekenierskloof, 31% Verdelho from Stellenbosch, 21% Roussanne from Stellenboch and 15% Chenin Blanc sourced from both Stellenbosch and Swartland. On the […]

May 29, 2017
by Christian
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