Palladius 2014

Eben Sadie’s signature series multi-variety white blend has always been a studied effort but the 2014 feels particularly so. On the nose, a hint of reduction before lemon, orange and white peach, some leesy complexity and a hint of spice. The palate is rich and slightly oily in texture – plenty of sun-kissed, ripe fruit […]

September 5, 2016
by Christian
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Creation Reserve Merlot 2014

While the three wards of the Hemel en Aarde are generally known for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it appears Jean-Claude Martin of Hemel en Aarde Rdige property Creation seems to have a pretty good handle on the Bordeaux varieties, his Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot 2014 rating 90 points in the RisCura Red Hot […]

September 2, 2016
by Christian
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Tokara Reserve Collection new releases

Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Price: R115 5% fermented in old large-format barrels. A very forthcoming nose showing everything from buchu to lime, honeydew melon and granadilla. Rich and full – super-concentrated fruit makes for nicely coated acidity and some paprika bite on the finish adds interest. Rock ‘n roll. #WinemagRating: 91/100. Tokara […]

September 1, 2016
by Christian
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Rickety Bridge Paulina’s Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015

The Paulina’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a regular top performer in the Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report (formerly known as the Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report), the current-release 2013 rating 90 points when the relevant tasting was done earlier this year (see here). The range, which pays homage to Paulina de Villiers, former owner of what […]

August 31, 2016
by Christian
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Silverthorn The Green Man 2014

If vertical tastings are rare, then bubbly verticals are almost unheard of but John and Karen Loubser of Silverthorn Wines did precisely that yesterday showing the 2007 to 2014 of their Blanc de Blancs The Green Man and the 2009 to 2012 of their special cuvee Jewel Box. The Green Man, from grapes grown on […]

August 30, 2016
by Christian
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Naudé Grenache 2014

Ian Naudé of Adoro might be something of an old hand in the local wine industry but he’s making some of the most appealing new-wave wines around, as these latest releases again show. Naudé Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2015 Wine Cellar price: R275 From Durbanville and Swartland vineyards, approximately 40 years old. Subtle but alluring […]

August 29, 2016
by Christian
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The Fledge & Co. Fumé Blanc 2015

From vineyards in the Outeniqua mountains, this wine from Leon Coetzee and Boplaas winemaker Margaux Nel was fermented using three different yeasts and matured for seven in old French oak. The nose is wonderfully complex with a floral note before lime, green apple, honeydew melon and white pepper. The palate is well balanced, Sauvignon’s usual […]

August 29, 2016
by Christian
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Uva Mira The Mira Merlot 2014

Uva Mira is the Helderberg property owned by Toby Venter, CEO of Porsche South Africa, where Christian Coetzee, previously of KWV, is crafting some impressive wines. The Bordeaux-style red blend called O.T.V. 2014 rated 91 points in the RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards earlier this year so what of the single varietal Merlot and Cab […]

August 26, 2016
by Christian
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