Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2015

Does it make sense to designate an entry-level wine as “Syrah” rather than “Shiraz”, the former term more highbrow and the latter more populist? Yes, in the case of Porcupine Ridge, this wine made by Boekenhoutskloof from Swartland grapes certainly more what you might expect from the Rhône rather than anything from the New World. […]

March 7, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: On the unusual pleasure of sweet wine

Perhaps strangely, given an admittedly sweet tooth, I seldom drink late harvest wines – and can’t remember when I last bought one. They can be marvellous, of course, but given the choice I would always choose a fortified sweet wine instead. The glass of unfortified that I remember best was my first German riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, […]

March 6, 2017
by Tim James
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Meerlust Rubicon 2013

The Bordeaux-style red blend that is Rubicon from Stellenbosch property Meerlust is as close as anything to being iconic and to state the obvious, no wine acquires that status by being erratic and unreliable. The current-release 2013 (Wine Cellar price: R329 a bottle) is blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and […]

March 6, 2017
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Oldenburg Vineyards Viognier 2015

Single-variety Viognier has always been a tough nut to crack under local conditions but that hasn’t stopped Philip Costandius, winemaker and MD at Stellenbosch property Oldenburg Vineyards from trying. The maiden 2015 vintage (R165 a bottle) was fermented and matured for 19 months in a 300-litre French and Hungarian oak barrels, 50% new, The nose […]

March 1, 2017
by Christian
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Top six wines of February 2017

Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc 2016 – 96 (read original review here) A.A. Badenhorst White 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Haskell Hades Syrah 2014 – 93 (read original review here) Jasper Raats Single Vineyard Driefontein Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – 93 (read original review […]

March 1, 2017
by Christian
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Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016

The Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc from Ken Forrester Vineyards in Stellenbosch has always offered extraordinary bang for your buck and the 2016 vintage is no different. Grapes from 37 year old vineyards, the wine was fermented in a combination of tank and barrel before nine months of maturation in French oak, 20% new. On […]

February 28, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Maanschijn and the continuing Cape wine revolution

And so the Cape wine revolution moves on, its energy undiminished, devouring the generations and bringing forth new ones. To the youngest people coming in as winemakers and viticulturists, Chris Alheit must seem like quite a senior figure in the industry and Eben Sadie a venerable one, if not exactly ancient – with André van […]

February 27, 2017
by Tim James
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Du Toitskloof Quest Heroes Journey 2 Rhône Blend 2012

Du Toitskloof in Rawsonville, which produces some 700 000 cases of own-label wine a year, recently launched a top-end range of wines under the Quest label, the stand-out wine among the current releases being the Rhône Blend 2012 (R160 a bottle). Consisting of 70% Shiraz and 30% Mourvèdre sourced from various vineyards in the Western […]

February 27, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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