Glen Heatlie new releases

Glen Heatlie is the own label of Joan Heatlie, previously of Solms-Delta but now taking up a position with Chris and Andrea Mullineux, the name recalling the family farm near Worcester. Tasting notes and ratings for the current releases as follows: Glen Heatlie Agnes Chenin Blanc 2015 Wine Cellar price: R150 From a Paarl vineyard […]

December 4, 2017
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Restless River new releases

The wines of Upper Hemel-en-Aarde property Restless River, despite much local and international acclaim, have not fared that well in Winemag.co.za’s blind panel tastings of recent years – as to why this is, part of the explanation must surely be that the style of both the Chardonnay and the Cabernet Sauvignon are somewhat atypical relative […]

December 1, 2017
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Reyneke Reserve Red 2015

Reyneke Reserve Red 2015 is at that end of the market where the law of diminishing returns is a big factor – you have to pay a lot more to get a minute improvement in quality. Whereas the Syrah 2015 from this Stellenbosch property sells for R160 a bottle from Wine Cellar, the Reserve Red […]

November 30, 2017
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Shannon Vineyards Semillon 2016

James Downes of Shannon Vineyards in Elgin says that he and the winemaking team which is Gordon and Nadia Newton Johnson of Newton Johnson Vineyards are looking for less oak influence on his Semillon – only 30% new oak and larger formats used on the 2016, the wine matured for slightly longer than previous vintage. […]

November 30, 2017
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Jordan Sophia 2013

Many commentators argue that South African top-end wines sell at a discount relative to their international counterparts and a fascinating process is currently under way as producers attempt to discover precisely what  price the market will bear – the launch of the. Cabernet Franc 2014 at R15 000 per three-bottle case a recent case in […]

November 29, 2017
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Le Lude new releases

The Méthode Cap Classique offering from Franschhoek cellar Le Lude is now without doubt the most complicated in the country but the good news is that the multiple bottlings are all pretty bloody delicious. Yesterday saw the launch of agrafe, vintage magnum and vintage cuvée wines from the maiden 2012 vintage, guests exposed to the […]

November 28, 2017
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Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal 2015

Hannibal from Hemel-en-Aarde Valley property Bouchard Finlayson is a sort of Tuscany-Burgundy-Piedmont-Rhône mash-up which arguably shouln’t work but does. The 2015 is a blend of 46% Sangiovese, 18% Pinot Noir, 16% Nebbiolo, 11% Shiraz, 5% Barbera and  4% Mourvèdre matured for 16 months in French oak, 22% new. The nose shows a herbal top note […]

November 27, 2017
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Van Loggerenberg new releases

Lukas van Loggerenberg’s maiden releases from the 2016 vintage late last year heralded him as something of an instant star (see here). He now has two follow-up wines from the 2017 vintage out and again they don’t disappoint. Van Loggerenberg Break-a-Leg 2017 Approximate retail price: R130 A Blanc de Noir from Paarl Cinsaut. Matured for […]

November 27, 2017
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