Delheim Vaaldraai Cabernet Franc 2014

Delheim has launched its first single-variety Cabernet Franc, named Vaaldraai after the vineyard which supplied the grapes and very nicely judged it is, too. Matured for nine months in 6 500-litre foudre before a further six months in older casks, it shows roses and violets before red fruit and just a little spice. The palate […]

November 14, 2017
by Christian
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Vintage Port tasting

One of the curiosities of the list of 5-Star wines in Platter’s 2018 is that there is only one Port-style wine, namely the Delaire Graff Cape Vintage 2015 (two if you count the Beaumont Starboard Dessert Wine NV which is a blend of Tinta Barocca and Pinotage made according to the principles of Port production […]

November 13, 2017
by Christian
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Sijnn Touriga Nacional 2014

The Touriga Nacional 2014 from David Trafford’s Malgas property Sijnn is a perfectly proportioned giant of a wine. Inky black in colour, the nose shows plenty of dark fruit but also flowers, fynbos and earth. The palate is extraordinarily dense – the initial impression is one of sweetness but the wine is not short of […]

November 13, 2017
by Christian
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Bloemcool Tinto Fino 2014

Bloemcool is Paarl cellar Fairview’s experimental label and to celebrate International Tempranillo Day which occurred on 9 November, a bottle of the Tinto Fino Tempranillo 2014 (Tinta Fino being the name for the variety in Spain’s Ribera del Duero). Fermentation took place in open-top fermenters before maturation lasting 29 months in two new 225-litre French […]

November 13, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: How much to spend on rosé?

With gritted teeth and a gulp, and eyebrows raised aghast at my own action (you try doing all that at the same time, especially while reaching for your credit card) I paid a hefty sum for a bottle of … Cape rosé! It’s not even a category of wine I much enjoy. For those bucks […]

November 13, 2017
by Tim James
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Malu Lambert: Interview with Duncan Savage of Savage Wines

“Forklifts can come right to the door,” says Duncan Savage with a wide smile showing me around his urban cellar in Salt River. He’s as excited by this as if he’s just told me he’s off on a surf trip to Bali for the next six months. It’s understandable. Trusting your entire winemaking operation to […]

November 13, 2017
by Malu Lambert
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Columella 2015

Concept and execution grow ever more closely aligned, the search for perfection ever closer to being completed with Eben Sadie’s red blend that is Columella. The current-release 2015 is a blend of mainly Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre with the remainder Cinsaut, Tinta Barocca and Carignan, matured for 12 months in small barrels (8% new) and […]

November 9, 2017
by Christian
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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
by Christian
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