Luddite Saboteur White 2016

The 2015 Saboteur White Luddite in Bot River caused great excitement (see here) and the newly released 2016 sports the same alternative packaging while the quality of what’s inside is even better. It’s a blend of 66% Chenin Blanc, 23% Sauvignon Blanc and 11% Viognier sourced from various vineyards in Bot River, Elgin and Overberg. […]

October 21, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment

The Prescient Chardonnay Report 2016

The sixth annual Chardonnay Report sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 of South Africa’s most high-profile examples, either currently available or soon to be released, and then subjecting them to a blind tasting. Wines to rate 90 or higher on the 100-point quality […]

October 19, 2016
by Christian
with 9 Comments

The Chocolate Block 2015

A recent review of the 2014 vintage of The Chocolate Block from Boekenhoutskloof (see here) prompted cellarmaster Marc Kent to send me a bottle of the current release 2015, for the first time made entirely from Swartland fruit, which he describes as a “significant step” for the brand. A blend of 71% Syrah, 15% Grenache […]

October 19, 2016
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Neil Ellis Groenekloof Shiraz 2014

The Groenekloof Shiraz 2014 from Neil Ellis, which won gold at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show earlier this year, really is a cracker. From unirrigated bush vines, it was matured for 15 months in 500-litre puncheons, partially new. It has a classic nose of red and black fruit, spice and pepper, a hint of […]

October 18, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Tim Martin Wines Qaisar Mourvèdre 2015

Tim Martin quite likes the idea of Mourvèdre as the “Pinot Noir of the Mediterranean” although concedes it might not always be possible to get the same nuance that Burgundy’s famous grape offers when at its best. He’s made two versions of Mourvèdre from the 2015 vintage and they’re both pretty smart. TMW Hitch Mourvèdre […]

October 18, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Tim James: On the current-release Chapoutier whites

There are various reasons why, in the midst of all the fine local stuff offered us these days, we should look to wine imports. The main one must be to get styles and levels of quality not available here. Then there’s a trade-off in terms of cost: how much more are you prepared (or able) […]

October 17, 2016
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Boplaas Family Reserve Touriga Francesa 2012

Touriga Francesa (also known as Touriga Franca) is the most widely grown grape in the Douro Valley, making for wine more perfumed and lighter than Touriga Nacional. Plantings in South Africa are minimal, a mere 2.54ha in the ground at the end of 2015, but Boplaas made a smart table wine from Stellenbosch old vines […]

October 17, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

The Chocolate Block 2014

When The Chocolate Block becomes available at the fairly modest store that is Woolworths in Klipfontein Road, Rondebosch, then you know market domination is almost complete. According to the front label of the 2014 that I acquired, production amounts to the equivalent of 1742 barriques and retail price was R199.95 a bottle so as has […]

October 17, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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