Marthélize Tredoux: Is wine tasting essentially pointless?

Yes, I know which platform I’m writing for. No, I haven’t had too much wine. Yes, I am serious about this topic. In the last week, I’ve had two interactions relating to wine assessment that got me questioning the intrinsic value of the exercise where it involves an impressive and/or annoying descriptive tasting note. I […]

April 19, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 3 Comments

La Motte Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2016 from La Motte is a blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon – the Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards in Elgin, Bot River, Elim and Napier and the Semillon from Elim, the wine consequently carrying the fairly new origin designation of Cape South Coast. On the nose, a floral top note […]

April 19, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Dalla Cia Teano 2014

Teano is the renowned Giorgio Dalla Cia’s version of a Super Tuscan, the wine a blend of Bordeaux varieties plus Sangiovese. The 2014, matured for 24 months in 100% new 300-litre barrels, is luxuriously styled and has the price tag to match, selling for R869 a bottle on Port2Port. The nose shows red and black […]

April 18, 2017
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Tim James: A visit to Glenelly

It struck me only after I’d left Glenelly last week – my visit began in broken sunshine and ended in a light drizzle – that winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain has just completed his tenth harvest there. A decade deserving of congratulation: as the vineyards have matured, he’s done well at this substantial Stellenbosch estate of that […]

April 18, 2017
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Maanschijn Easy, Tiger Grenache Gris 2016

Maanschijn is the label belonging to youngsters Paul Hoogwerf and Doug Mylrea who make wine out a barn between Stanford and Hermanus (see Tim James’s write-up here). The Grenache Gris features some skin contact and appears pale amber in the glass. On the nose, apple and peach plus some hard-to-describe savoury character. The palate is […]

April 17, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Bosman Family Vineyards Fides 2015

Fides from Wellington producer Bosman Family Vineyards is by no means your standard “dry white” – from Grenache Blanc, it’s what gets dubbed “orange wine, the process used to make it involving spontaneous fermentation on the skins, this lasting four weeks and then 20% of the wine matured in Russian oak. On the nose, potpourri, […]

April 14, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2016

Exquisite. Just exquisite. Grapes from the two oldest vineyards on this Bot River property owned by the Beaumont family, one planted in 1974 and the other in 1978, fermentation occurred spontaneously in 400-litre French oak barrels, 22% new before 10 months of maturation. The nose is a glorious mélange of straw, apple, citrus, stone fruit […]

April 13, 2017
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Waterkloof Circumstance Syrah 2015

The Circumstance Syrah from Waterkloof in Somerset West goes largely unsung but I think it’s establishing itself as one of the best renditions in the country, the yet-to-be released 2015 a wonderfully elegant effort on the part of winemaker Nadia Barnard. Her approach was to apply 100% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation for 19 months in […]

April 12, 2017
by Christian
with 1 Comment
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