First Sighting Shiraz 2013

Unlike previous vintages, the Shiraz 2013 under the First Sighting label (now redesigned by Fanakalo of Stellenbosch) as made by Elim producer Strandveld Vineyards doesn’t contain any Viognier and is the better for it. Matured for 12 months in 300-litre, mostly second- and third-fill, barrels, the wine shows red and black fruit, and really intense […]

January 27, 2016
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First Sighting Shiraz 2012

I suppose it’s commendable when a competition panel rewards lightness over heaviness as seems to have been the case when the First Sighting Shiraz 2012 from Elim property Strandveld emerged as one of the top 12 out of 202 entries at the recent Shiraz SA Challenge but really this is a very modest wine. The […]

June 22, 2015
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First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Though the back label of the First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (R64 a bottle) from Elim cellar Strandveld promises green pepper and asparagus, these are thankfully not too much in evidence. Sauvignon from this part of the world can present as super-green but the First Sighting 2013 which includes 15% Semillon appears optimally ripe – […]

November 25, 2013
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First Sighting Shiraz 2011

One of the more memorable soundbites from international judge Oz Clarke during the feedback session after this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show was “Elim has the last vineyards in Africa before the Antarctic and the resulting wines must surely be made to taste like this.” He was bemoaning those who wish to eradicate any […]

June 27, 2013
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First Sighting Shiraz 2008

Judging the Shiraz category at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show last week, I despaired at how many examples seemed overblown with big alcohols (14.5% and up) as well as significant residual sugar. Strandveld in Elim might be attracting attention for its white wines but its Shiraz is not to be overlooked – last night […]

May 17, 2012
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Elim explored

As featured in the June issue of Decanter: Though lighthouses as aids to navigation are all but redundant due to GPS, the one at Cape Agulhas will surely not fall into complete disrepair, it being the southern tip of Africa’s distinguishing landmark. Built in 1848, it is South Africa’s second oldest and is today a […]

June 7, 2011
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Elim investigated

Yesterday a tasting of all current release Elim wines towards generating a list of recommendations to appear in an article I’m writing for UK magazine Decanter. The venue was Belthazar restaurant at the V&A Waterfront and also involved were John Loubser, cellarmaster at Constantia winery Steenberg and James Pietersen, Platter’s taster and beverage manager for […]

February 23, 2011
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Topical pic: How they roll in Elim

Do extreme loctions make for extremely good wines?  I spent Tuesday and Wednesday exploring Elim, the windswept ward in the Cape Agulhas district that boasts South Africa’s southern most vineyards. Its white wines have pretty much blown me away in the last few years while its reds show immense promise (in particular Strandveld will be […]

February 10, 2011
by Christian
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