David & Nadia Contour Series Pinotage 2015

Two new wines from Swartland husband-and-wife team David and Nadia Sadie to replace the wines which fell under the Paardebosch label and to be known as the Contour Series . David & Nadia Contour Series Semillon 2015 Price: R190 From a vineyard planted in 1965. Lime and lemon, honey and thatch plus a little waxy […]

June 13, 2016
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David Aristargos 2015

On Friday, the launch of the new vintage wines from Swartland producers David and Nadia Sadie. David Chenin Blanc 2015 Wine Cellar price: R335 From six distinct vineyards. On the nose, a  slight note of reduction before citrus and white peach plus some leesy character. The palate is rich and full (the vintage seems to […]

June 13, 2016
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City on a Hill White 2015

André Bruyns, who worked a stint at Rijk’s in Tulbagh, now founds himself assistant winemaker to David and Nadia Sadie in the Swartland. He’s also making his own wine under the City on a Hill label, the first release being a white blend from the 2015 vintage selling for R275 a bottle. Consisting of 86% […]

June 13, 2016
by Christian
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Secret Cellar No. 235 Chenin Blanc 2015

So how does the Ultra Liquor Secret Cellar No. 235 Chenin Blanc 201, winner of best in class at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, actually taste? According to the competition organisers, the certification codes for the bottling entered ranged from 7660 169128 to 7660 170474 and my bottle was numbered as 7660 169956 so […]

June 9, 2016
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Bushmanspad Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

When the results of the recent Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report were uploaded on to Facebook, Menno Schaafsma, owner of Bushmanspad near Bonnievale, jokingly suggested that we’d been “scared to invite” the winery to participate. We subsequently prevailed on him for a bottle, tasting note and score as follows: Despite a 15.5% alcohol, it appears medium […]

June 8, 2016
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Shiner Syrah 2014

Vilafonté winemaker Martin Smith also makes some own-label wines, one of which being Shiner, which he describes as “all my trials of that year for which I have no home”… The 2014 vintage is a blend of 90% Syrah, 5% Carignan and 5% Mourvèdre, grapes from a property situated against the Witzenberg in Tulbagh. “The […]

June 8, 2016
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Tamboerskloof Syrah 2013

The style for the Tamboerskloof Syrah as made by Gunter Schultz at Stellenbosch property is now well established: plenty of fruit power but not glib or simplistic. The newly released 2013 (R165 a bottle) includes 4% Mourvèdre and 1% Viognier, maturation lasting 20 months in 500-litre French oak barrels, 15% new. The nose is particularly […]

June 7, 2016
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Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve 2015

The 2014 vintage of Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve from Delaire Graff just won gold at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show so what of the much heralded 2015 vintage? From 30– to 40-year-old vines, grapes were fermented and matured in French oak, 60% in 400-litre barrels and 40% in 2 500-litre foudre, no batonage […]

June 5, 2016
by Christian
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