Tim James: Pinot noir and terroir in the Hemel en Aarde

Where there’s talk of pinot noir, there’s talk of terroir, and the influence of soil, sun and slope on perhaps the most expressively transparent of black grapes. Inevitably, there was much discussion of this at the annual Hemel en Aarde Winegrowers Association Pinot Noir Celebration, held in the eponymous valley last Friday and Saturday. It […]

January 30, 2017
by Tim James
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Olifantsberg Silhouette 2014

Worcester property Olifantsberg gained prominence when the 2013 vintage was judged best Shiraz-based red blend at last year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show (see here) and the follow-up 2014 is now available. A blend of 85% Syrah (40% of which was sourced from the Swartland), 7.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.5% Carignan, 2.5% Mourvèdre and 1.5% Grenache, […]

January 27, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: Disruption – Why so difficult?

The story of an Oregon-based winemaker who adopted an atypical strategy to market and sell one of his wine labels came to my attention recently. Mark Tarlov sells his Alit label directly to the consumer – completely circumventing traditional distribution in the process. Direct-to-consumer sales in itself isn’t groundbreaking, but this winemaker has taken a […]

January 26, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Mount Abora Saffraan Cinsaut 2015

Saffraan Cinsaut under the Mount Abora label always sits high up on the deliciousness index, the 2015 particularly so (Wine Cellar price: R110 a bottle). Made by Johan “Stompie” Meyer, grapes come from a 37-year-old Swartland vineyard, the final wine extraordinarily expressive despite a alcohol of just 11.19%. The nose shows raspberry, strawberry, red rose, […]

January 26, 2017
by Christian
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Constantia Royale Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Constantia Royale is the name given to the Sauvignon Blanc off vineyards grown on the small Constantia property known as Nova Zonnestraal, Roger Burton previously of Tierhoek in Piekenierskloof the winemaker. Burton says that in 2016 he implemented new practices in the vineyard – a more open canopy – to facilitate “more fruitiness” and the […]

January 26, 2017
by Christian
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Michael Fridjhon: Does a wine’s age-worthiness go towards investment potential?

In wine geek circles the discussion around investment wines continues unabated. Linked to this – for obvious reasons – is the question of age-ability. If a wine is to be kept long enough to appreciate meaningfully in the hands of a speculator, it will need more than a few years of life in it. This […]

January 25, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
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Esona Single Vineyard Shiraz 2013

Rowan and Caryl Beattie, owners of the property Esona situated between Robertson and Bonnievale, have an interesting approach to sales in that they retain stocks of various vintages enabling customers to compare and contrast. They feel their wines from the 2013 vintage (made by Lourens van der Westuhuizen of nearby Arendsig) are showing particularly well […]

January 25, 2017
by Christian
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Beaumont Vitruvia aka New Baby 2015

The Vitruvia aka New Baby 2015 (yes, we also wonder about the name) from Beaumont in Bot River is another compelling argument for the emerging category that is Cape White Blends or multi-variety wines built around Chenin Blanc. This consists of 35% Chenin Blanc, 24% Sauvignon Blanc, 14% Semillon,  13.5% Chardonnay and 13.5% Colombard and […]

January 24, 2017
by Christian
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