The Garajeest Jim Semillon 2015

Zimbabwean-born Callan Williams gave up ballet dancing for winemaking and now has her own label called The Garajeest. The Garajeest Jim Semillon 2015 Price: R240 From Elgin grapes. 50% tank fermented and 50% fermented and matured for seven months in older oak. Pear, peach and yellow apple plus white pepper  and a hint of leesy […]

February 10, 2017
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Haskell Hades Syrah 2014

Rhône producer Guigal has its three single vineyard Côte Rôties known as La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque and now Haskell in Stellenbosch also has three single-vineyard iterations of Syrah, Hades joining the more established Aeon and Pillars. The maiden 2014 vintage of Hades was shown yesterday next to the 2013 vintages of the […]

February 9, 2017
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Hermanuspietersfontein Die Arnoldus 2012

The Hermanuspietersfontein cellar and visitors’ centre might be in Hermanus but the vineyards are in Sondagskloof, 20km outside Stanford. The Nr 5 Sauvignon Blanc 2013 was one of my top 20 wines of 2016 (see here) but what of the reds? A tasting of two recent releases revealed a definite cool climate character to them. […]

February 7, 2017
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Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2001

Not enough South African wineries maintain a proper vinoteque but Hemel-en-Aarde Valley winery Bouchard Finlayson does and a collection of older vintages designated as “Peter’s Pick” (Peter Finlayson being cellarmaster) were recently released, tasting notes and ratings for some of them as follows: Bouchard Finlayson Kaaimansgat Chardonnay 2007 Price: R300 a bottle Grapes from vineyards […]

February 6, 2017
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De Grendel Op die Berg Pinot Noir 2014

When the 2016 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines were shown publically last year, the Pinot Noir over which most people went bananas was the Seadragon 2015 from Newton Johnson Family Vineyards but the one to catch my eye (in a blind tasting put on for local media) was the Op Die Berg 2013 from De […]

February 3, 2017
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Villion Blanc de l’Atlantique 2016

Kobie Viljoen, previously of Gäbrielskloof, now makes wine under his Villion Family Wines label – he is a descendant of Francois Villion, the first French Huguenot to settle in the Cape having arrived in 1671, Villion subsequently adulterated to Viljoen. While self-employment is good for the soul, it’s nevertheless nerve-wracking in business terms but Viljoen […]

February 2, 2017
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De Toren Fusion V 2014

Fusion V from Stellenbosch property De Toren has a reputation for being luxuriously styled, which is to say very dense and plush, but I have to say I found the current-release 2014 less overblown than I expected. A five-way blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon at 53%, it has an attractive nose of red and black […]

February 1, 2017
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Hemel-en-Aarde Winegrowers Pinot Noir Celebration 2017 – ratings

The 2015 vintage in the three Hemel-en-Aarde wards was early, grapes harvested in particularly good condition by all accounts and this shows in the end-wines, these having particularly purity and clarity compared to 2014. Ratings based on the tasting at the recent Hemel-en-Aarde Winegrowers Pinot Noir Celebration 2017 as follows: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Hamilton Russell Vineyards […]

January 30, 2017
by Christian
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