Black Elephant Vintners The Dark Side of the Vine Semillon 2015

From Boekenhoutskloof to Alheit La Colline, Franschhoek old-vine Semillon has been responsible for some of South Africa’s most captivating wines in recent times. Now Jacques Wentzel of Black Elephant Vintners enters the fray with a quite magnificent offering in the form of The Dark Side of the Vine 2015. Grapes from a single vineyard planted […]

October 11, 2017
by Christian
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Black Elephant Vintners Brut MCC

Franschhoek producer Black Elephant Vintners has released its maiden vintage Brut MCC and it’s a fine effort. A blend of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir, it spent 12 months on its primary lees in tank before a further 20 months in bottle before disgorgement. It shows citrus, peach and a subtle honey-on-toast quality. Rich […]

April 15, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Amistad Syrah 2012

From Black Elephant Vintners in Franschhoek, the Amistad Syrah (R165 a bottle) is the best wine in the portfolio. Jacques Wentzel adopts a light touch and it shows in the end-result.  Grapes are from four different sites in Franschhoek, each contributing something different to the final blend, while in the cellar 15 – 25% percent […]

October 24, 2013
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Timothy White The Sauvignon Blanc 2013

From Black Elephant Vintners in Franschhoek, this wine shows pear and white peach. Very pleasant which is not to damn it with faint praise – good concentration and nicely coated, relatively soft acidity. Quite pricy at R85 a bottle. Score: 85/100.

October 22, 2013
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Two Dogs, a Peacock & a Horse Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Black Elephant Vintners is new wine company based in Franschhoek with Kevin Swart, a former Johanesburg-based stockbroker, as managing director and Jacques Wentzel, previously of Amistad Wine Company, as winemaker. A wide range of wines which would normally get covered in a single post but the packaging is so fresh and interesting that each wine […]

October 22, 2013
by Christian
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