Paul Cluver Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2014

The top-end Seven Flags Pinot Noir 2014 from Elgin property Paul Cluver seems particularly subdued at this stage of its life. Made mainly from the oldest vineyard of the variety on the property, planted in 1990 to clone 115, a small percentage of fruit from younger vineyards is added for freshness. Fermentation starts spontaneously before […]

October 5, 2016
by Christian
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Iona One Man Band 2010

The One Man Band Red is Elgin producer’s signature red blend, the 2010 vintage being a blend of Syrah 44% Syrah, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Mourvèdre. It’s a peculiar but immensely likeable – red and black fruit, fresh herbs and spice. Medium bodied with bright acidity and fine tannins […]

October 4, 2016
by Christian
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Constantia Glen Two 2013 – 2015

Last week, Constantia Glen winemaker Justin van Wyk presented a vertical tasting of the 2013 through 2015 vintages of his Sauv-Sem blend reminding those in attendance just what a fabulous wine this is. The 2013 rated 4½ Stars in the 2014 RisCura White Hot Wine Awards 2014 (before the switch to the 100-point quality scale), […]

October 4, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: On Palomino

  Having enthused recently about one unfashionable white grape, clairette blanche, showing small signs of a Cape comeback at an ambitious level (see here), I’m repeating the exercise with palomino. Though again, unfortunately, there’s no immediate prospect of encouraging people to go out and buy some: there’s extremely little around in bottle – as a […]

October 3, 2016
by Tim James
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Top four wines of September 2016

Here are our four most highly rated current-release wines of last month: AA Badenhorst Family Wines Raaigras Grenache 2015 – 96 (read original review here) Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve 1995 – 96 (read original review here) Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah 2014 – 96 (read original review here) Waterkloof Circumstance Syrah 2013 –  96 (read original review […]

October 3, 2016
by Christian
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Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction 2016 sales figures

Record sales were achieved at the 32nd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction held yesterday, these amounting to R13 833 200 for 2 428 cases, average price per case being R5 697 (average price per bottle: R950), an increase of almost 24% year on year. 84% of the wines were bought by local buyers and Tsogo Sun was the […]

October 2, 2016
by Christian
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Absa Top 5 Olive Oils 2016

The Absa Top 5 Olive Oil Awards were announced earlier this week, the winners as follows: Gabriëlskloof EVOO Greenleaf EVOO Kransfontein Coratina EVOO Marbrin Olive Growers Intense EVOO Willow Creek Directors’ Reserve EVOO SA Olive and Absa instituted the Top 5 competition in 2013 as an extension to the annual SA Olive Awards. The 20 […]

September 30, 2016
by Christian
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Elgin Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2009 – 2015

Yesterday, Brian and Marion Smith, the English couple who own Elgin Ridge, presented a vertical tasting of all vintages of their Sauvignon Blanc to date, a fascinating insight into how a winemaking vision evolves over time. Brian Smith says he finds too many local examples of Sauvignon Blanc excessively green and acidic and is trying […]

September 30, 2016
by Christian
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