Strydom Danièle Chenin Blanc 2016

With Rianie Strydom winemaker at Haskell Vineyards and husband Louis managing director at Ernie Els Wines, their respective credentials are well established and it is therefore comes as no surprise that their own wines under the family name are shaping well. The Rex 2014 rated 92 in the recent Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report, for instance, […]

June 7, 2017
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Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report 2017

The third annual Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report (previously the Red Hot Wine Awards) is now out. 60 entries were received from 45 producers for this year’s competition and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Wines to rate 90 or higher […]

June 6, 2017
by Christian
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Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir 2016

The Nom Pinot Noir 2016 from Jessica Saurwein is a step up on her maiden vintage 2015. From the same Kaaimansgat vineyard near Villiersdorp, it’s light but vivid in colour. On the nose, red fruit – currant and cherry – plus subtle vanilla. The palate is intensely flavoured but not weighty – focused and all […]

June 6, 2017
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Tim James: Shifts in the national vineyard

Could Robertson soon become known as the Valley of Wine, Roses and Lemons? A wine-producer from the area was telling me recently that Robertson vineyards are being pulled up with increasing alacrity and replaced, in many instances, with lemons. I’ve heard this lemon story before, and it seems (or so I’m told) that the newish […]

June 5, 2017
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Hermit on the Hill Syrah 2015

The Syrah from Stellenbosch property Lievland was a category front runner in the early 2000s when the property was owned by Cape Wine Master Paul Benadé but then the property was sold and the label dropped from prominence although those in the know continue to hold the actual site in high regard. Pieter de Waal […]

June 5, 2017
by Christian
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The Giant Periwinkle Blanc Fumé 2016

Pierre Rabie, an advocate by profession, pleads the case of wooded Sauvignon in his spare time – he’s made his Blanc Fum é from Elim grapes since the 2013 vintage and his 2016 is his best yet. Barrel fermented and matured in old oak for some five months, the nose shows a top note of […]

June 5, 2017
by Christian
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John Loubser leaves Steenberg

John Loubser took to Twitter yesterday to announce that he was stepping down as general manager of Constantia property Steenberg in order to concentrate on his own Méthode Cap Classique label that is Silverthorn Wines: After 15 incredible years at Steenberg the time has finally come to bid farewell and follow my dream and passion […]

June 3, 2017
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W.O. Cape Town announced

A new Wine of Origin District named after Cape Town has been approved by the South African Wine and Spirit Board, the formal announcement made yesterday. Cape Town is one of the world’s foremost tourism brands and the motivation behind the new demarcation is for South African wine to attract even greater international attention. The […]

June 2, 2017
by Christian
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