Tim James: The great cork-screwcap debate revisited

I don’t think I’ve ever written about the great cork-screwcap debate without dithering somewhat. Probably I could sum up my attitude by saying that if I were buying Sadie or Boekenhoutskloof wines and was offered the choice of the wine under screwcap or (good quality) cork, I’d go for the latter – the natural ones […]

August 7, 2017
by Tim James
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Some insights from the HelloMerlot workshop

  On Friday, a workshop organized by the Merlot Forum or HelloMerlot as this producer body will be known going forwards. Guest speaker was Olivier Berrouet of Chateau Petrus in Pomerol who when asked for advice on how to improve the quality of local Merlot replied as follows: “You are the beginning of writing your […]

August 7, 2017
by Christian
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The Old Vine Series Skerpioen 2016

The 2016 vintage was hot and dry and this wine from a Swartland field blend of Chenin Blanc and Palomino planted between 1958 and 1967 appears a little more rounded out than some of its predecessors. The nose shows top notes of herbs and talcum powder before citrus, white peach and apple. The palate has […]

August 4, 2017
by Christian
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Absa Top 10 Pinotage Competition 2017 winners

Results of the 21st annual Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition have just been announced, the winners as follows: Delheim 2012 Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Reserve 2015 Flagstone Writer’s Block Single Vineyard 2015 Kanonkop 2012 Lanzerac Pionier 2014 Môreson MKM 2015 Niel Ellis Bottelary Hills 2015 Stellenbosch Vineyards Bushvine 2015 La Cave 2016 Windmeul Reserve 2015 The […]

August 3, 2017
by Christian
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Elemental Bob Retro Series new releases (2)

In addition to three white wines in the Elemental Bob Retro Series (reviewed here), Craig Sheard also has two reds, tasting notes and scores as follows: Elemental Bob Retro Series Red 2016 Price: R150 80% Cinsaut, 20% Pinot Noir. Matured for 10 months in old oak. Cherry and wild strawberry plus hints of earth, pepper […]

August 2, 2017
by Christian
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Signature Red Blend Report 2017

The second annual Signature Red Blend Report is now out. 82 entries were received from 62 producers for this year’s competition. 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 were as follows: 92 Joostenberg Bakermat 2015 Price: […]

August 1, 2017
by Christian
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Crystallum new releases

That time passes surprisingly quickly is borne out by the fact Peter-Allan Finlayson’s first bottling of his boutique label Crystallum wines was back in 2007. Tasting notes and scores for the current release 2016s as follows: Crystallum The Agnes Chardonnay 2016 Wine Cellar Price: R220 Grapes from five vineyards:  three in the general Hemel-en-Aarde area […]

August 1, 2017
by Christian
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Top eight wines of July 2017

Here are our eight most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2013 – 97 (read original review here) Gabriëlskloof Elodie Chenin Blanc 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Mont Blois Groot Steen Chenin Blanc 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvigon Blanc 2016 – […]

August 1, 2017
by Christian
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