Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Among the many versions of Sauvignon Blanc from Durbanville property Diemersdal, Eight Rows is one of the more premium, the 2016 being a real blockbuster. A complex nose of lime, green apple, cantaloupe and white peach as well as fynbos and a hint of reduction. The palate displays super-concentrated fruit and a creamy texture with […]

March 16, 2017
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Blackwater Hinterland Cinsaut 2015

The reason Cinsaut is enjoying such a resurgence right now is that it provides a welcome counterpoint to the wines of weight and power which held sway until not so long ago. I do wonder, however, if the variety has the inherent complexity to deliver greatness regularly and on a wide scale – it has […]

March 15, 2017
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Craven Faure Vineyard Syrah 2016

Mick and Jeanine Craven of Craven Wines differentiate themselves by working exclusively with vineyards in the very grand appellation which is Stellenbosch but then apply resolutely new-wave methodology – early picking and very often whole-bunch fermentation being particular hallmarks of their approach. Tasting notes and ratings for the soon-to-be-released 2016s as follows: Craven Clairette Blanche […]

March 14, 2017
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Villiera Bush Vine Blanc Fumé 2016

The Bush Vine Blanc Fumé 2016 from Villiera is not to be trifled with. From an older block planted to the famed weather station clone of Sauvignon Blanc, juice was partially fermentation was begun in an egg-shaped tank, a portion left on the skins, before being transferred for three months of maturation in barrel, 50% […]

March 13, 2017
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Avondale Samsara Syah 2009

Jonathan Grieve, owner and manager of Paarl property Avondale, has a policy of delaying the release of his red wines, the 2009 vintage of the Samsara Syrah having just gone on sale. Part of his approach to winemaking is to employ warmer ferments and longer skin contact than is usual, thereby dispensing with primary fruit […]

March 10, 2017
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Cape of Good Hope Laing Semillon 2014

The Old Vine Project, begun by viticulturist Rosa Kruger with support from businessman Johann Rupert in 2005, was formalised last year – Jaco Englebrecht consulting on viticulture and André Morgenthal, formerly of WOSA, heading up communications. Last night, the two presented a public tasting as part of the University of Stellenbosch’s annual Woordfees, the line-up […]

March 9, 2017
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Joostenberg Die Agteros Chenin Blanc 2016

Tyrrel Myburgh, winemaker at Paarl winery Joostenberg, continues to effect change to the house style, not so much a denial of what has come before but rather a subtle tweaking of approach in vineyard and cellar to “optimize the influences of terroir” and thereby deliver a more sophisticated product. Tasting notes and ratings for current […]

March 8, 2017
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Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2015

Does it make sense to designate an entry-level wine as “Syrah” rather than “Shiraz”, the former term more highbrow and the latter more populist? Yes, in the case of Porcupine Ridge, this wine made by Boekenhoutskloof from Swartland grapes certainly more what you might expect from the Rhône rather than anything from the New World. […]

March 7, 2017
by Christian
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