Bellevue 1953 Pinotage 2016

Bellevue in Stellenbosch, famed for being one of the first farms to work with Pinotage, now has a top-end wine from a vineyard established in 1953. The nose shows red and black cherry plus vanilla and spice (maturation lasted 18 months in a combination of new and second-fill French oak barrels) with a little floral […]

January 3, 2018
by Christian
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Neil Ellis Bottelary Hills Pinotage 2015

As we all know, Pinotage is a hit-and-miss affair. Get it wrong and the resulting wines can appear particularly disjointed. Get it right, however, and you end up with the excitement of the exotic not provided by the likes of Cab or Merlot. The team at Neil Ellis Wines have absolutely nailed it when it […]

January 2, 2018
by Christian
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Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2012 vs 2013

Mèthode Cap Classique showed extremely well at this year’s Veritas with no less than seven wines winning double gold (see here), two of these going to Simonsig, the Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs 2012 and the Woolworths Pinot Noir Rosé 2015 being the wines in question. In something of a tour de force, this Stellenbosch […]

December 21, 2017
by Christian
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Flotsam & Jetsam Cinsault 2017

Alheit Vineyards are proudly a white-wine-only operation so how to accommodate the need for some quaffable red? Flotsam & Jetsam Cinsault is designed to be just that, grapes from a Darling vineyard some 40 years old, winemaking involving whole-bunch fermentation. The 2017 shows red and black fruit, fennel, olive, earth and spice. The palate is […]

December 19, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Can the market bear the ever-increasing number of top-end Chenins?

Visiting and tasting with Lukas van Loggerenberg (Van Loggerenberg Wines) and Reenen Borman (Boschkloof and Patatsfontein/Ron Burgundy) is becoming established as a great annual pleasure. Making it all the more interesting last week was the presence of Roy Richards, now not quite retired from wine stuff but until recently a greatly respected British wine importer, […]

December 18, 2017
by Tim James
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Flotsam & Jetsam Chenin Blanc 2017

Chris and Suzaan Alheit of Alheit Vineyards have spent much time searching for interesting old Chenin Blanc vineyards to supply their first-label wines, anything not quite up to scratch ending up under the Flotsam & Jetsam label. The resulting wine typically offers extraordinary quality relative to value, tasting notes and rating for the 2017 as […]

December 18, 2017
by Christian
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Solms Delta Terroir Collection Grenache 2015

What is to become of Solms Delta, the Franschhoek property which has tried hard than many to address transformation issues? Under business rescue, winemaker Hagen Viljoen has left for Grand Provence and colleague Joan Heatlie for the Mullineuxs. While the two were there, they started the Terroir Collection, grapes sourced from around the country with […]

December 15, 2017
by Christian
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Eagle’s Cliff Pinotage 2017

The beauty of blind tastings is that rank outsiders are in with a chance. The category for this year’s Diners Club Winemaker of the Year award was Pinotage and it was somewhat surprising when Christian Groenewald won for his Eagle’s Cliff 2017 ahead of Abrie Beeslaar of Kanonkop or Beyers Truter of Beyerskloof or Pierre […]

December 15, 2017
by Christian
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