Bloemcool Tinto Fino 2014

Bloemcool is Paarl cellar Fairview’s experimental label and to celebrate International Tempranillo Day which occurred on 9 November, a bottle of the Tinto Fino Tempranillo 2014 (Tinta Fino being the name for the variety in Spain’s Ribera del Duero). Fermentation took place in open-top fermenters before maturation lasting 29 months in two new 225-litre French […]

November 13, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Tim James: How much to spend on rosé?

With gritted teeth and a gulp, and eyebrows raised aghast at my own action (you try doing all that at the same time, especially while reaching for your credit card) I paid a hefty sum for a bottle of … Cape rosé! It’s not even a category of wine I much enjoy. For those bucks […]

November 13, 2017
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Malu Lambert: Interview with Duncan Savage of Savage Wines

“Forklifts can come right to the door,” says Duncan Savage with a wide smile showing me around his urban cellar in Salt River. He’s as excited by this as if he’s just told me he’s off on a surf trip to Bali for the next six months. It’s understandable. Trusting your entire winemaking operation to […]

November 13, 2017
by Malu Lambert
with 1 Comment

Columella 2015

Concept and execution grow ever more closely aligned, the search for perfection ever closer to being completed with Eben Sadie’s red blend that is Columella. The current-release 2015 is a blend of mainly Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre with the remainder Cinsaut, Tinta Barocca and Carignan, matured for 12 months in small barrels (8% new) and […]

November 9, 2017
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Rousseau Grace Sauvignon Blanc 2017

André Rousseau, formerly of Constantia Uitsig, now makes wine under his own label, the Grace Sauvignon Blanc 2017 just released and comprising 47% of grapes from Darling, 47% from Durbanvile and 6% Elgin, this latter portion undergoing barrel fermentation. The nose is very becoming with notes of elderflower, lime, white peach and grapefruit while the […]

November 8, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Are Platter’s ratings a boon or a bane?

I usually refrain from jumping on bandwagons and simply throwing my opinion onto an already sizable pile, but today I’m going to make an exception. There’s been a lot of chatter since the 2018 Platter’s Guide was launched recently, Quick review for those who have been under a rock: • 2018 Platter’s Guide was launched […]

November 8, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 11 Comments

Testalonga new releases

Craig and Carla Hawkins, operating out of the Swartland, are arguably South Africa’s leading proponents of “natural wine”. The 2017 vintage has served them well, just about all the wines having a particular clearness and delicacy about them. Tasting notes and ratings as follows: Testalonga I Wish I Was A Ninja 2017 Approximate retail price: […]

November 8, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Platter’s 2018 – trying to be all things to all people?

So the 2018 edition of Platter’s South African Wine Guide is out – 111 wines out of over 8 000 wines featured rating 5 Stars (see here). Isn’t that rather a lot of 5 Star wines, you might ask? Well, it’s a 429% increase on the 21 wines that managed the guide’s ultimate accolade in […]

November 8, 2017
by Christian
with 5 Comments
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