David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Sauvignon Blanc from Elim tends to the greener end of the flavour spectrum but what if you made it employing a spontaneous fermentation and maturation for nine months in barrel? The Ghost Corner Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2015 by David Nieuwoudt shows lime, Granny Smith apple and white peach plus notes of fynbos and white […]

January 10, 2017
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Tim James: On the startlingly different manifestations of SA Syrah

Back in the bad old pre-revolutionary days, when Eben Sadie was at Elsenburg and Chris Alheit and Peter-Allan Finlayson were (I guess) playing barefoot rugby at Bishops, it was always “shiraz”, not “syrah”. And I had returned to South Africa to live in Cape Town and fall in love with wine and the winelands, and […]

January 9, 2017
by Tim James
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Stellenbosch: home of Cape Cabernet

As published in the January 2017 issue of Decanter: Stellenbosch has the wine, the people and the natural beauty to rival any wine tourism region on earth. If the district leads with any variety in particular, then it leads with Cabernet Sauvignon but are global wine drinkers really aware of it and its wines? For […]

January 9, 2017
by Christian
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Intellego Kolbroek 2015

Jurgen Gouws, who worked with Craig Hawkins at prominent Swartland property Lammershoek before the change of ownership, continues to make some individualistic wines under his own label called Intellego. Tasting notes and ratings for the latest releases below: Intellego Chenin Blanc 2015 Wine Cellar price: R155 Grapes from two blocks, one in Paardeberg planted in […]

January 9, 2017
by Christian
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Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault 2016

The 2016 vintage was extremely hot and dry and this seems to have impacted on the Seriously Cool Cinsault from Waterkloof (grapes from Stellenbosch vineyards planted in 1964 and 1974) which has a slight awkwardness about it compared to previous vintages. On the nose, black fruit, some floral perfume, a hint of spice plus a […]

January 6, 2017
by Christian
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Mulderbosch 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2015 from Mulderbosch is one of the most compelling examples of this variety I’ve drunk recently. Including grapes from Stellenbosch, Elgin and Piekenierskloof, fermentation occurred in tank before maturation lasting 15 months in neutral 500-litre barrels. On the nose, there’s a prominent black currant note as well as lime, floral […]

January 3, 2017
by Christian
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Top three wines of December 2016

Here are our three most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Van Loggerenberg Kameraderie Chenin Blanc 2016 – 96 (read original review here) Beeslaar Pinotage 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Nederburg The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2015 – 94 (read original review here)

January 2, 2017
by Christian
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Reyneke Chenin Blanc 2015

The Chenin Blanc 2015 from biodynamic property Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch is a particularly sophisticated and demanding proposition. Grapes from the oldest vineyard on the property being in excess of 50 years old, the wine was fermented in a combination of second-fill 300-litre barrels and 2 500-litre foudre, maturation on the lees lasting 10 months […]

December 23, 2016
by Christian
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