Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2014

The current release that fans of Stellenbosch property Kanonkop should not miss out on is the Paul Sauer 2014. A blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc, it was matured for 24 months in French oak, 100% new. The nose is beguiling with notes of red and black fruit, flowers and […]

November 1, 2017
by Christian
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Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2016

The Cape’s extended drought may be reducing the size of yields but generally seems to have had remarkably little effect on wine quality. The Black Label Pinotage 2016 from Kanonkop, however, does not seem to have benefited from warmer and drier conditions that prevailed during growing season. Grapes from a single vineyard planted on granite […]

November 1, 2017
by Christian
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Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Elgin cellar Iona has become a Sauvignon Blanc powerhouse over the years and the latest releases don’t disappoint. Sophie te’Blanche Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Price: R85 W.O. Cape South Coast (80% Elgin). White peach, grapefruit and a little white pepper on the nose. No shortage of richness – really good fruit concentration and nicely coated acidity […]

October 31, 2017
by Christian
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Durbanville Hills The Tangram Red 2013

The Tangram Red 2013 is the second vintage of the top of the range Bordeaux-style blend from Durbanville Hills, selling for the not inconsiderable price of R895 a bottle. What do you get for your money? It’s a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the […]

October 31, 2017
by Christian
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Beeslaar Pinotage 2016

The 2016 vintage of Beeslaar Pinotage, the own label wine of Kanonkop’s Abrie Beelaar is the best yet. The back label refers to two heat waves during the growing season, the first in October during flowering and creating a smaller yield than usual and the second in January serving to give the fruit extra concentration. […]

October 30, 2017
by Christian
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Badsberg Pinotage 2016

The SA Young Wine Show, dating back to 1833, exists to recognise the top wines of the current vintage, the General Smuts Trophy is awarded to the best young wine overall. It was somewhat bemusing to hear that Namaqua Wines won it this year for its Ruby Cabernet, Carmenere and Merlot blend but good luck […]

October 27, 2017
by Christian
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Lanzerac Keldermeester Versameling

Stellenbosch property Lanzerac has a new set of wines called the  Keldermeester Versameling (Cellarmaster’s Collection) intended to “push the boundaries”. Tasting notes and ratings as follows: Lanzerac Keldermeester Versameling Bergpad 2016 Price: R1140 per 6-bottle case (equivalent to R190 per bottle) From a  single vineyard of Pinot Blanc. Fermented and matured for 11 months in […]

October 27, 2017
by Christian
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Champagne Jacquinot & Fils

Champagne Jacquinot & Fils is located in Epernay founded by Pierre Jacquinot and sons in 1947. Jean-Manuel  Jacquinot, a grandson of Pierre and the current head of the company and winemaker, relates that there are 17ha under vineyard, seven of which are used for own production and the grapes of the remaining 10 sold to […]

October 25, 2017
by Christian
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