Dragonridge Cygnus 2015

Fynbos Estate is a 320ha property on the Paardeberg acquired by Johan and Diana Simons in 1997 which today incorporates some 16ha of vineyard and a nature reserve while also offering accommodation and function facilities. Johan, a former molecular biologist and a long-time wine enthusiast, initially made some wine for fun in 2006 but has […]

January 24, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: The wines of Johan “Stompie” Meyer

I’ve been happily drinking some of Johan Meyer’s wines this past week. If that name isn’t fully familiar to winelovers, try his ubiquitously used nickname, Stompie. He should be amongst the best known of the second-generation of new-wave Swartland wine-people (taking Sadie, Badenhorst et al as the first). Anyway, Johan “Stompie” Meyer is surely one […]

January 23, 2017
by Tim James
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Marianne Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Marianne in Stellenbosch was established by prominent Bordeaux producer Christian Dauriac in 2004, the resulting wines have tended to be in a rich, big style – Dauriac is friends with consultant Michel Rolland and his influence shows. Somewhat curiously then Francois Haasbroek, previously of Waterford and now making his wines under the label Black Water, […]

January 23, 2017
by Christian
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Post House Stamp of Chenin 2016

The 2002 vintage of Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch property Post House, which was famously judged best in category at the 2003 Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show (later to become the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show), is still drinking beautifully. Owner and winemaker Nick Gebers opened a bottle last night at a function to celebrate the […]

January 20, 2017
by Christian
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Dromer White 2015

Harold Versfeld, previously winemaker at Val de Vie in Paarl, is now in partnership with Hong Kong-based trust and tax consultant Howard Bilton, their undertaking known as Dromer Wines. Tasting notes and ratings for current releases as follows: Dromer White 2015 Price: R150 57% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Semillon. Sauvignon Blanc is from my family farm […]

January 19, 2017
by Christian
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Waterkloof Circumstance Mourvèdre 2015

Mourvèdre can be a bit wild and woolly but the Circumstance 2015 from Waterkloof in Somerset West is a lot more cultured than some. From bush vines, winemaking involved spontaneous, whole-bunch fermentation while maturation lasted 16 months in older 600-litre barrels. The nose shows red and black fruit, floral perfume, scrub and earth. The palate […]

January 18, 2017
by Christian
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La Petite Ferme Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016

Franschhoek property La Petite Ferme came under new ownership in 2015 with Wikus Pretorius, previously of Haskell Vineyards, appointed as winemaker in October of that year. The Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 is one of his first wines to be released. A blend of 50% own fruit and 50% from Elim, the wine was matured for […]

January 18, 2017
by Christian
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Has ageing wine become irrelevant?

How is the maiden vintage Columella 2000 from Eben Sadie faring? Bar a single bottle still remaining in my late dad’s cellar, I’m not sure there’s any left to take a view on. Recently, there have been a number of articles by prominent commentators suggesting that wines are now made for earlier drinking and the […]

January 18, 2017
by Christian
with 5 Comments
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