Saxenburg Shiraz Select 2009

Stellenbosch property Saxenburg, acquired by Swiss businessman Adrian Bührer in 1989, enjoyed a golden period during the 1990s and early 2000s but it’s fair to say the reputation of the wines have slipped recently. Bührer’s son Vincent and daughter Fiona have recently taken over management while Edwin Grace is now cellarmaster, having been understudy to […]

April 10, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Place or producer – which should have primacy?

In old Europe it’s the names of places that are usually the prime definers of wines: the vineyard or village, or perhaps the domaine. That’s true of old South Africa too, from Constantia and Vergelegen onwards, but not of the new South Africa – or, indeed much of the rest of the “New World”. Newer […]

April 10, 2017
by Tim James
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Mullineux Old Vines White 2015

Dry and early was 2015 as a vintage in the Swartland and in the case of the White Mullineux 2015, this appears to have led to extra fruit concentration with maybe a little freshness lost relative to previous vintages (read 2014 review here). A blend of 73% Chenin Blanc, 13% Clairette Blanche, 7% Viognier and […]

April 9, 2017
by Christian
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Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2015

What to make of Vivino, the app which offers price comparisons and ratings for just about any wine and has to date attracted 23 million users? Bellingham thinks it’s a pretty big deal – the Bernard Series Syrah 2013 from this producer  currently having 232 Vivino ratings to its name, the average rating being 4.2 […]

April 6, 2017
by Christian
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Derek Kilpin: What does the future hold for Burgundy?

As the local fine wine importer that is Great Domaines, we have travelled to Burgundy every year since 1999 to taste the new vintages straight from barrel. Our most recent trip in December last year revealed some significant changes are afoot which we will have far-reaching consequences for Burgundy lovers. Back in the early days, […]

April 5, 2017
by Derek Kilpin
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Carinus Family Vineyards Rooidraai Chenin Blanc 2016

Danie and Hugo Carinus have taken some liberty in calling their wine label Carinus Family Vineyards in that they are only very distantly related. They are, however, good friends and grape growers who supply some of the leading producers in the country from vineyards situated in Devon Valley, Polkadraai and the Swartland. Their label has […]

April 5, 2017
by Christian
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Alvi’s Drift Verreaux Pinotage 2013

Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar takes its name from the low-water bridge crossing the Breede River on the Van der Merwe family farm outside Worcester. The property is 7 000ha in size, 410ha under vineyard with medical doctor Alvi and former Distell head winemaker Linley Schultz heading up winemaking. Pinotage is claimed as a specialty and […]

April 4, 2017
by Christian
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Shannon Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc from Shannon Vineyards in Elgin is now well established as one of the more refined and stylish examples of the variety around. As is customary, the newly released 2016 contains a 10% portion of Semillon, which underwent spontaneous fermentation and maturation for three months in new oak, this providing extra […]

April 4, 2017
by Christian
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