Rousseau Grace Sauvignon Blanc 2017

André Rousseau, formerly of Constantia Uitsig, now makes wine under his own label, the Grace Sauvignon Blanc 2017 just released and comprising 47% of grapes from Darling, 47% from Durbanvile and 6% Elgin, this latter portion undergoing barrel fermentation. The nose is very becoming with notes of elderflower, lime, white peach and grapefruit while the […]

November 8, 2017
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Testalonga new releases

Craig and Carla Hawkins, operating out of the Swartland, are arguably South Africa’s leading proponents of “natural wine”. The 2017 vintage has served them well, just about all the wines having a particular clearness and delicacy about them. Tasting notes and ratings as follows: Testalonga I Wish I Was A Ninja 2017 Approximate retail price: […]

November 8, 2017
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The Foundry current releases

The Foundry, own label of Meerlust winemaker Chris Williams, is hot property right now after the Grenache Blanc 2015 was announced as the White Wine of the Year in Platter’s 2018. Tasting notes and ratings for the current releases as follows: The Foundry Grenache Blanc 2015 Wine Cellar price: R200 W.O. Voor Paardeberg. Fermented and […]

November 7, 2017
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Hermanuspietersfontein Kleindogter 2015

Wilhelm Pienaar is winemaker and general manager at Hermanuspietersfontein, the vineyards in the Sondagskloof ward between Caledon and Cape Agulhas, the cellar in Hermanus. Tasting notes and ratings for some of the more experimental current releases as follows: Hermanuspietersfontein Kleindogter 2015 Price: R150 From a single Sauvignon Blanc vineyard on the Sondagskloof property. Very aromatic […]

November 6, 2017
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Remhoogte Honeybunch Chenin Blanc 2016

The Remhoogte Honeybunch Chenin Blanc 2016 comes from a 35-year-old block on this Stellenbosch farm, the well-established root system apparently sustaining the vines through the warm and dry conditions that prevailed during this particular growing season. In the cellar, there was 12 hours of skin maceration before pressing, then spontaneous fermentation and 12 months of […]

November 6, 2017
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Tokara Director’s Reserve White vertical

Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends are a strong, if niche, category and the Director’s Reserve White from Tokara in Stellenbosch has proved itself one of the finest examples within that category over time: 2011 rated 5 Stars (and placed among the top three) in our first annual category tasting back in 2013, the 2012 rated 4.5 Stars […]

November 3, 2017
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Aristea maiden releases

Aristea is a new wine brand which sees Matt Krone of Matthew Krone Wines in partnership with Martin Krajewski, a UK businessman who owns vineyards in Pomerol and Saint Émilion and Florent Dumeau, a renowned Bordeaux consultant. Tasting notes and ratings for the maiden releases as follows: Aristea Chardonnay 2016 Price: R290 W.O. Stellenbosch. Matured […]

November 3, 2017
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Palladius 2015

Palladius 2015 from Sadie Family Wines is knock-out. A blend of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Semillon, Semillon Gris, Viognier, Clairette Blanche, Roussane, Verdelho, Colombard and Palomino, it’s the first vintage from a dedicated cellar, the components vinified clay amphorae and concrete eggs. The nose is exotic with notes of potpourri, cut apple, stone fruit, […]

November 2, 2017
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