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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Francois Conradie arrived at Muratie as winemaker in December 2005 and the wines from this Stellenbosch property have been getting better and better ever since. Last night Muratie Ansela van der Caab 2007, a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 3% Shiraz. Individual components spent 12 months in French oak […]
High alcohols on South African wines has been much debated in recent times but what of the matter of residual sugars which also seem to be creeping ever upwards? Sweetness can be seductive, the Obikwa Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 a recent case in point, its RS of over 5g/l (and hence technically semi-sweet) no impediment to […]
The single variety bottling of Semillon from Cape Point Vineyards has enjoyed great success at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show: the 2005 winning the trophy for best in class and the 2003 gold in 2007 (the same year this winery emerged as most successful producer overall); the 2005 a museum trophy last year and the […]
Carl Schultz of Hartenberg won a museum trophy for his Weisser Riesling 1999 while brother Rudi of Thelema collected gold for the Roussanne Vigonier 2009 from Elgin property Sutherland as well as trophies for best in class and best red wine overall for the Shiraz 2007 made from Stellenbosch grapes.
The Chardonnay 2009 from Elgin winery Paul Cluver Estate won trophies for best in class, best white wine overall and best wine in the view of the three international judges involved in judging at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2011. The same wine won the trophy for best in class at last year’s competition. As […]