Amazing Grace Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Amazing Grace Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (or La Petite Vigne The Daniel Collection Amazing Grace Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 to give it its full name) is made by Kevin Swart, also a partner in Black Elephant Vintners, as a tribute to his late father Daniel Johannes Swart. Fruit for the 2014 is from Swart’s Franschhoek farm, two […]

October 16, 2017
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Kaapzicht The 1952 Cinsault 2016

This wine was made by Danie Steytler Jnr of Kaapzicht using grapes sourced from a 1952 block, planted on Bellevue and the second oldest in Stellenbosch– former Bellevue owner Dirke Morkel and Steytler’s father Danie Snr lifelong friends and this a tribute to them. On the nose, red and black cherry, fresh herbs, spice and […]

October 13, 2017
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Kaapzicht Kliprug Bush Vine Chenin Blanc vs The 1947 Chenin Blanc 2016

Do old vines matter? Fascinating to drink side by side Kliprug Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2016 (off a vineyard planted in 1982) next to The 1947 2016 (off the second oldest block of the variety in the country) from Stellenbosch property Kaapzicht, both very smart but the older vineyard providing extra depth and complexity. Tasting […]

October 13, 2017
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Intellego Kedungu 2016

If you’re a “natural wine” fan, then the wines of Jurgen Gouws are worth seeking out. He worked with the maverick Craig Hawkins at Lammershoek before that important Swartland property was sold in 2014 and also boasts harvest experiences at Domaine Stéphane Ogier in Côte Rotie in 2010 and at Matassa in Roussillon in 2012 […]

October 12, 2017
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Intellego Elementis 2016

One of my favourite movie and wine pairings of all time was Quentin Tarrantino’s Pulp Fiction and a previous vintage of Elementis from Swartland producer Jurgen Gouws. As with Tarrantino, Gouws favours the wacky over the technically correct, Elementis made from Chenin Blanc and featuring extended skin contact. The current-release 2016 was left on the […]

October 12, 2017
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Black Elephant Vintners The Dark Side of the Vine Semillon 2015

From Boekenhoutskloof to Alheit La Colline, Franschhoek old-vine Semillon has been responsible for some of South Africa’s most captivating wines in recent times. Now Jacques Wentzel of Black Elephant Vintners enters the fray with a quite magnificent offering in the form of The Dark Side of the Vine 2015. Grapes from a single vineyard planted […]

October 11, 2017
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Luddite Saboteur White 2017

There are more polished white blends out there but there are few as compelling as the Saboteur White from Niels Verburg of Luddite in Bot River. The current-release is a blend of 77% Chenin Blanc, 14% Viognier and 9% Sauvignon Blanc, the first two components skin fermented for up to 18 days and the latter […]

October 11, 2017
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Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

To celebrate 21 years since Etienne le Riche set out on his own, a tasting of the Richesse 2014, the 2005, 2009 and 2014 vintages of the standard label Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2011 vintage of the CWG Auction Reserve and the 1999, 2007 and 2014 vintages of the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Discussion inevitably turned to […]

October 11, 2017
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