Jasper Raats worked extensively with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir during a seven-year stint in New Zealand so his local renditions of these two varieties make for interesting reference points. Tasting notes and ratings for current releases as follows: Jasper Raats Single Vineyard Driefontein Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Price: R180 From a Helderberg vineyard farmed according […]
The practice of sand mining looks set to begin in the Swartland, one of South Africa’s most high-profile wine producing areas. The website Grape.co.za first broke the story here. Those opposing the initiative are invited to sign an petition here.
The Pinotage from Stellenbosch cellar Tokara first came to light for me when the 2007 vintage was judged best in class at the 2010 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. That wine famously had an alcohol of over 15% and subsequent vintages have been in the same vein perhaps tending to be a bit overdone. The […]
Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard, one of the properties in UK businessman Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition portfolio, has Dustin Osborne in charge of viticulture and winemaking. The flagship wines appear under the Miko label in honour of the late Miko Rwayitare, Rwandan-born telecommunications businessman and former owner of Mont Rochelle, and the White […]
It might not have been that clear cut 20 years ago but Chenin Blanc is now pretty much established as South Africa’s signature white grape – we have by far the largest plantings of any wine producing country and it allows us to make wines of high quality but also not easily imitated in terms […]
Here’s our exciting line-up of tastings for the year: March: Rotolabel Wine Label Design Awards April: 10 Year Old Wine Awards May: Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report June: Bordeaux Blend Report July: Merlot Report August: Signature Red Blend Report September: Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Report October: Prescient Chardonnay Report November: Cape White Blend Report December: Alternative Varieties Report […]
Irene Waller has a bit of experience with Méthode Cap Classique having worked at Graham Beck before becoming GM and winemaker at Franschhoek property La Bri and it shows when you taste her Sauvage La Bri Blanc de Blancs 2011 (R350 a bottle). From a Chardonnay vineyard planted in 1991, the wine spent two months […]
The Scholtzenhof Grande Chenin 2000 as made by Martin Meinert for the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction was the prototype of what became The FMC, the deluxe Chenin Blanc made in conjunction with Ken Forrester of Ken Forrester Wines. Last time I wrote it up was in 2011 (see here) where it rated 19/20 and some […]