What does the future hold for SA Cinsaut?

The biggest insight to arise out of a recent Cape Winemakers Guild technical tasting on Cinsaut presented by Etienne le Riche of Le Riche Wines is that there is no need to decide whether the variety works better on its own or in a blend but rather that these are two very different propositions. Le […]

August 14, 2017
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The Old Vine Series Pofadder 2016

From Swartand Cinsault. Eben Sadie is a strong advocate of the potential greatness of this variety under South African conditions and in the case of his Pofadder 2016, you start to see why. The nose shows a particular poached pear quality as well as black cherry with notes of lavender, earth and spice in the […]

August 11, 2017
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The Old Vine Series Kokerboom 2016

From Olifantsrivier Semillon planted in the 1930s. The hot and dry conditions of 2016 have led to a wine of particular richness and ripeness in the case of this wine (alcohol is 14.5%). On the nose, the wine shows some hay before lime, white peach and green melon. The palate seems even more full and […]

August 11, 2017
by Christian
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Fairview Homtini 2015

What varieties will prevail in the district of Darling? Charles Back of Fairview and Spice Route owns 135ha here and as ever, he and his team are exploring all options. The Homtini 2015 is a blend of 41% Sangiovese, 37% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Shiraz, matured for 16 months in 70% French and […]

August 10, 2017
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Darling Cellars Old Bush Vine Cinsaut 2015

From a bush vine block planted in 1978, this wine is a worthy addition to the growing category of premium single variety Cinsaut. On the nose, some floral fragrance before red and black cherry and plum. Lovely fruit purity and a sort of olive-brine quality to the palate. Tannins are quite soft but the finish […]

August 10, 2017
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Darling: Are we in a serious relationship or just a fling?

If terroir is everything, then how to understand the district of Darling? Named after the West Coast town of the same name, most wine enthusiasts will know it for Sauvignon Blanc from the higher-lying ward of Groenekloof but up until 2003, it was included in the Swartland and further inland there remain old-fashioned dryland bush […]

August 10, 2017
by Christian
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Voetstoots 2016

Voetstoots Chenin Blanc 2016 is a joint venture between Alexander Grier of Villiera and Michael Malan, understudy to JC Martin at Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge property Creation. Grapes were sourced from two old bush vine blocks of in Stellenbosch and fermentation occurred spontaneously before maturation lasting 10 months in old 500-litre barrels. The nose shows top notes […]

August 9, 2017
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Malu Lambert: Interview with Rikus Neethling of Bizoe Wines

“I couldn’t get a job I really cared about,” says Rikus Neethling. So in 2008, when it was still not very much the norm for winemakers to do their own thing, he did. “I’d been at a co-op and there just wasn’t any passion not that we didn’t make good wines.” This time would prove […]

August 8, 2017
by Christian
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