Reyneke Syrah 2015

While the accolades for recent vintages of the Syrah from biodynamic-certified Stellenbosch producer Reyneke have rolled in, I felt some were a little too “wild”. I’m glad to say that I have no such misgivings about the 2015 vintage. Spontaneous fermentation, incorporating 30% whole bunch, occurred in concrete egg while maturation lasting 16 months took […]

November 16, 2017
by Christian
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International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017 – trophy winners

Local wines to win varietal trophies at this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition were as follows: Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Merlot 2014 Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2015 Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2013 Nederburg II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Plaisir De Merle Grand Brut 2014 Stellenrust 52 Barrel fermented Chenin Blanc 2016 The South African […]

November 16, 2017
by Christian
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Cape White Blend Report 2017

Winemag.co.za is pleased to present the second annual Cape White Blend Report – in order to be eligible, wines had to contain a Chenin Blanc component of more than 15% and less than 85%. 38 entries from 31 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by the three-person panel, scoring […]

November 15, 2017
by Christian
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Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2015

South Africa’s old vines and their potential to produce wines of greatness is very much under discussion right now but Boekenhoutskloof have been working with old-vine Franschhoek Semillon since the late 1990s and its quality credentials are impeccable. The 2015 is as good as ever. Noteworthy about this vintage is that the wine contains 3% […]

November 15, 2017
by Christian
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Landau du Val Semillon 2014

Old-vine Semillon from Franschhoek really is something special – think Boekenhoutskloof, Alheit La Colline and, of course, Landau du Val, the 2014 vintage from the latter launched yesterday. From a block certified as having been planted in 1905, it was made by Wynand Grobler of Rickety Bridge, who tells of a particularly adventurous approach to […]

November 14, 2017
by Christian
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Delheim Vaaldraai Cabernet Franc 2014

Delheim has launched its first single-variety Cabernet Franc, named Vaaldraai after the vineyard which supplied the grapes and very nicely judged it is, too. Matured for nine months in 6 500-litre foudre before a further six months in older casks, it shows roses and violets before red fruit and just a little spice. The palate […]

November 14, 2017
by Christian
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Vintage Port tasting

One of the curiosities of the list of 5-Star wines in Platter’s 2018 is that there is only one Port-style wine, namely the Delaire Graff Cape Vintage 2015 (two if you count the Beaumont Starboard Dessert Wine NV which is a blend of Tinta Barocca and Pinotage made according to the principles of Port production […]

November 13, 2017
by Christian
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Sijnn Touriga Nacional 2014

The Touriga Nacional 2014 from David Trafford’s Malgas property Sijnn is a perfectly proportioned giant of a wine. Inky black in colour, the nose shows plenty of dark fruit but also flowers, fynbos and earth. The palate is extraordinarily dense – the initial impression is one of sweetness but the wine is not short of […]

November 13, 2017
by Christian
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