Bartinney Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

On Friday, the launch of the maiden vintage 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from Bartinney in the Banghoek ward of Stellenbosch. The wine spent 12 months in French oak, 30% new and comes across as medium- to full-bodied with dark fruit and smooth tannins. In a word, “understated”.  Total production is 1 000 cases and price per […]

June 13, 2011
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David Aristargos 2010

Eben Sadie of Columella and Palladius fame is no longer the only Sadie you should be paying attention to. There’s Stormers centre Johann Sadie, who scored a brilliant solo try in the Cape side’s comeback win over the Blues at Eden Park in New Zealand back in May and then there’s David and Nadia Sadie, […]

June 10, 2011
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Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1988

Last night a meeting of our social tasting group, the theme of the evening sweet wines. We tasted blind and here’s how I scored the wines using the 20-point system. 1.= Cape Point Vineyards Semillon Noble Late Harvest 2000 18/20 1.= Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1988 18/20 3.= Inniskillin Icewine Vidal Oak Aged 2002 […]

June 9, 2011
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Vins D’Orrance Kama Chenin Blanc 2009

Lunch at top Cape Town restaurant Bizerca with Christophe Durand of Vins D’Orrance. He bought his maiden vintage 2009 Chenin Blanc called Kama (after the Sanskrit word for ‘sensual pleasure’). It consists of Perdeberg fruit including 12% Roussanne and spent nine months in third-fill barrel. Almost psychedelic green in colour, it shows pure fruit and […]

June 8, 2011
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Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Shiraz 2007

Recently returned from the London International Wine Fair, Kobus Basson, owner of Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch reports plenty of interest in “premium product”. How to explain this in light of the tough trading conditions that currently apply globally? “Kleine Zalze is a product of patience. We’ve worked hard to establish a base and retailers have […]

June 8, 2011
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Elim explored

As featured in the June issue of Decanter: Though lighthouses as aids to navigation are all but redundant due to GPS, the one at Cape Agulhas will surely not fall into complete disrepair, it being the southern tip of Africa’s distinguishing landmark. Built in 1848, it is South Africa’s second oldest and is today a […]

June 7, 2011
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Meerlust Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

When I reviewed the 2004 vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch property Meerlust recently, my overriding impression was of an austere, rather unyielding wine (see here). Of course, Cabernet Sauvignon made with serious intent should not exactly be easy from the word “go” but I thought even those of the most ascetic tastes might find […]

June 6, 2011
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Boplaas Port Vintage Reserve Vertical

The late Tony Mossop, great wine aficionado and founder of top but fairly recent Calitzdorp Port property Axe Hill, apparently used to say that the only thing smaller than the brain of an ostrich in the Klein Karoo was the personal cellar of the Nels, owners of Boplaas, one of the producers to originally pioneer […]

June 3, 2011
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