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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Tim James: The Elim Wine Festival reviewed

The Elim Wine Festival is lively, noisy and cheerfully crowded, with plenty of good wine (and beer) available – mostly for downing rather than judiciously tasting. So I discovered last Saturday when I trekked down through the Overberg wheatlands to Black Oystercatcher winery, where the festival was held this year. Not the sort of occasion, […]

November 7, 2016
by Tim James
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Keermont Riverside Chenin Blanc 2015

Stellenbosch property Keermont recently released new vintages of its single vineyard series, tasting notes and ratings as follows: Keermont Riverside Chenin Blanc 2015 Wine Cellar price: R320 From a vineyard planted in 1971. Fermented and matured for 12 months in French oak barrels, partially new. Subtle and elusive aromatics – hay and dried herbs before […]

November 7, 2016
by Christian
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Rickety Bridge Blanc de Blancs 2012

The Blanc de Blancs 2012 from Rickety Bridge will appeal to those who like evolved character on their bubbly, 15% of the base wine fermented and matured for six months in oak, while time on the lees after secondary fermentation was 40 months. On the nose, citrus, apple and peach plus honey and plenty of […]

November 7, 2016
by Christian
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Renaissance 2015 – Sophie & Julien Schaal

Julien and Sophie Schaal are based in Alsace but fly into South Africa every year to make a range of Chardonnays. The Mountain Vineyards 2015 rated 89 points and Evidence 2015 91 in the recent Prescient Chardonnay Report, the former being from several Elgin vineyards, the latter from Paul Cluver. Renaissance 2015 Approximate retail price: […]

November 4, 2016
by Christian
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Radford Dale Nudity Syrah 2015

Maybe I’ve become more tolerant of “laissez-faire winemaking”, maybe The Winery of Good Hope team have upped their game when it comes to their organically farmed, no sulphur added Nudity Syrah. While I quite liked the 2012, I wasn’t entirely convinced and some discussion between Winery of Good Hope proprietor Alex Dale and me about […]

November 4, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Su Birch: The Old Vine Project goes to the next level

In Stellenbosch you’ll find two men with a mission – a mission to safeguard South Africa’s ’s heritage of old vines. Armed only with secateurs and laptops, they face a huge challenge. André Morgenthal who spent 15 years at Wines of South Africa and has started his own business, and Jaco Engelbrecht, a tech-savvy viticulturist, […]

November 3, 2016
by Su Birch
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Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2015

The 2015 vintage of Black Label Pinotage from Kanonkop is the best yet. From a vineyard planted in 1953, it is a wine that astonishes in terms of both stature and detail. On the nose, black cherry, plum and banana (the latter a mere nuance) plus vanilla and spice while a floral note insures the […]

November 2, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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