Uitkyk Chenin Blanc 2015

Lusan, the joint venture between Distell and German businessman Hans Schrieber, is dissolving with Le Bonheur and Stellenzicht sold and Uitkyk evidently also on the market. In the meantime, Uitkyk winemaker Estelle Lourens quietly goes about her business, her Chenin Blanc 2015 (the first release since 2012) recently receiving a gold medal at the Old […]

June 13, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Who makes SA’s best wines?

It’s widely – if not universally – agreed that the Cape’s white wines are on the whole superior to the reds. But I started getting a bit tangled up when I was wondering (prompted by a comment someone made to me recently) about which producers were the best makers of South African reds and which […]

June 12, 2017
by Christian
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David & Nadia Siebritskloof new releases

The Siebritskloof wines that David and Nadia Sadie make are from vineyards on the Paardebosch farm where they are based. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases as follows: David & Nadia Siebritskloof Semillon 2016 Price: R205 From two vineyards, one planted in 1960 and the other in 1972. The nose shows pronounced reduction […]

June 12, 2017
by Christian
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David & Nadia new releases

It’s becoming clear that winemakers needed to be particularly shrewd in hot and dry 2016, a vintage with very little room for error. Get it right, however, and the resulting wines are particularly striking. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases from Swartland husband-and-wife team David and Nadia Sadie as follows: David & Nadia […]

June 12, 2017
by Christian
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Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir 2016

The shortcomings of cork as a wine closure – taint and random bottle oxidation – are pointed out ad nauseam by its detractors but the alternative which is screwcap has its own deficiency, which is that it tends to exacerbate reduction on a wine. The 2016 vintage of the Estate Pinot Noir from Paul Cluver […]

June 9, 2017
by Christian
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Two very prominent positions are open in the winelands – who’s going to fill them?

It’s been a helluva year for Tokara so far – the single best achiever at the 10 Year Old Wine Awards announced in April with three out of the 19 wines to rate 90-plus on the 100-point scale (these being the Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Chardonnay 2007 and Director’s Reserve Red 2007); the Reserve 2013 […]

June 8, 2017
by Christian
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Baleia Erhard Pinot Noir 2014

Originally grain and sheep farmers, the Joubert family established vineyards on their farm Dassieklip near the town of Vermaaklikheid on the Cape South Coast in 2009, a cellar in turn erected outside nearby Riversdale, and so Baleia Wines was born. Pinot Noir is a speciality and the current release 2014 is somewhat rustic but very […]

June 8, 2017
by Christian
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Thelema wins Sylvain barrel

Best wine overall in this year’s Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report (previously the Red Hot Wine Awards) was the Thelema Rabelais 2013 and the prize for producing this a 300-litre Selection range barrel from Tonnellerie Sylvain valued at approximately R12 400. Here Winemag.co.za editor Christian Eedes can be seen with  Marie Thomas, Sylvain’s sales manager […]

June 7, 2017
by Christian
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