Stellenbosch Wine Festival 2017: Wine Library Programme

Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay takes place from 24 to 26 February 2017 at the Coetzenburg Sports Grounds. This year’s event sees the launch of the Wine Library where you can attend a session with a winemaker and taste rare vintages of the district’s very best wines. Each session is 45 minutes […]

February 9, 2017
by Christian
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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
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: Celebrity wine – yay or nay?

This week, I was gifted a bottle of something exciting: a celebrity wine! No, not a bottle of Château Miraval (from Brangelina’s winery – now probably either Brad OR Angelina’s, depending on who had the best lawyer). A bottle of Caduceus Anubis 2013 made its way to me, all the way from the US of […]

February 8, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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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
by Christian
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Tim James: Terroir as possible myth and certain inspiration

Skill and talent is what it’s really all about, but one of the best things about wine is that we think that’s not entirely true. Well, I only partly (though largely) believe that first proposition; the second one I’m more confident about. I wrote last week about tasting five wines made by different winemakers from […]

February 6, 2017
by Tim James
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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
by Christian
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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
by Christian
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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
by Christian
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