Wine Enthusiast names Andrea Mullineux as Winemaker of the Year 2016

US publication Wine Enthusiast has named Andrea Mullineux its 2016 Winemaker of the Year as part of its annual Wine Star Awards. These awards honour individuals and companies that have contributed to the success of the wine industry and have shown “energy, courage, groundbreaking vision and business acumen”. This is the first time a South […]

November 11, 2016
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Stellenbosch Hills 1707 White Reserve 2014

Receiving grapes from some 715ha and typically processing 8 000 tons a year, Stellenbosch Hills is one of the former cooperatives turned private companies of growers which don’t get much air time but still play a significant role in the SA wine industry. The stand-out wine at today’s new release tasting was the 1707 Red […]

November 10, 2016
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Fram Chenin Blanc 2015

According to the latest edition of Platter’s, the 2015 vintage of Fram Chenin Blanc from Thinus Krüger  was made from grapes sourced from Piekenierskloof, Swartland and Bottelary whereas previous vintages where W.O. Citrusdal Mountain. Very expressive on the nose with a top note of potpourri before citrus, yellow peach and even a hint of pineapple […]

November 10, 2016
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Stellenbosch Vineyards The Flagship Cabernet Franc 2010

Stellenbosch Vineyards have gone all out with their top-end wine that is The Flagship Cabernet Franc 2010 and it pretty much works. From a combination of Stellenbosch and Darling fruit, the wine was matured for 42 months in 300-litre French oak barrels, 70% new. On the nose, red and black berries, a subtle herbal quality […]

November 10, 2016
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Stellenbosch Vineyards Credo Limited Release Grenache 2015

Grenache plantings in South Africa amounted to a mere 322ha making it South Africa’s 23rd most planted variety at the end of 2015 but with such talented winemakers as Adi Badenhorst, David and Nadia Sadie and Eben Sadie working with it, it’s no doubt set to feature more prominently in the future. Stellenbosch Vineyards has […]

November 9, 2016
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Radford Dale Freedom Pinot Noir 2015

The Winery of Good Hope currently has two examples of Elgin Pinot Noir under the Radford Dale label, tasting notes and ratings as follows. Radford Dale Freedom Pinot Noir 2015 Wine Cellar price: R310 11 months in French oak, 10% new. A wonderfully complex nose with a hint of reduction, some musky fragrance, red and […]

November 8, 2016
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Bosman Family Vineyards Bo-Vallei Chenin Blanc 2016

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If your budget doesn’t stretch very far, you’ll be much better served by a R60 bottle of Chenin Blanc than by Sauvignon Blanc at the same price. Bosman Family Vineyards have a little gem of a Chenin at precisely that price in the form of Bo-Vallei […]

November 8, 2016
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Nala Premium Merlot 2014

Dumile Soga, a qualified chemical engineer, was so taken with wine that he decided to launch his own brand called Nala Premium, wine from various cellars around the winelands (“Nala” being the Sotho word for “prosperity”). Tasting notes and ratings for the current releases as follows: Nala Premium Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Price: R570 per six-bottle […]

November 7, 2016
by Christian
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