Winemag.co.za Top 20 Wines 2017

Editor Christian Eedes selects his 20 most memorable wines of the year. 20. Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2016 While many producers are inclined to treat Sauvginon Blanc as no more than a cash cow, Klein Constantia’s Matt Day approaches the variety with both rigour and enthusiasm. The result is a number of striking examples, […]

December 4, 2017
by Christian
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Top eight wines of July 2017

Here are our eight most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2013 – 97 (read original review here) Gabriëlskloof Elodie Chenin Blanc 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Mont Blois Groot Steen Chenin Blanc 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvigon Blanc 2016 – […]

August 1, 2017
by Christian
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Opstal The Barber Sémillon 2016

The Barber Sémillon 2016 from Slanghoek property Opstal is knock-out. Grapes from a vineyard planted in 1998, fermentation occurred spontaneously before maturation in old oak lasting 10 months. The nose shows hay, pear, peach, naartjie and a little spice. The palate, meanwhile, is rich and greasy but not without verve thanks to tangy acidity – […]

July 19, 2017
by Christian
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Merwida Family Vintners Chenin Blanc 2016

The Opstal Carl Everson has put Breedekloof on the map when it comes to Chenin Blanc and other wineries in the region are now chasing hard, the Family Vintners 2016 from Merwida being a case in point. Grapes from 15 year old vines, fermentation was begun in tank and finished in barrel of various sizes […]

May 9, 2017
by Christian
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Opstal The Barber Sémillon 2015

While the 2013 vintage of The Barber Sémillon from Slanghoek property Opstal  was a promising debut (see here), the follow-up 2015 (no 2014) seems just that little bit more striking, winemaker Attie Louw again showing that the Breedekloof needn’t stand back to any other wine-growing area in the country. From a vineyard planted in 1998, […]

November 14, 2016
by Christian
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Opstal Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2015

What we know about the 2015 vintage is that it was one of the driest and earliest in years. Grapes were generally healthy and almost all producers have been very positive about the resulting wines. My impression of 2015 so far is that it is a year which led to particular fruit concentration which, on […]

July 5, 2016
by Christian
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Winemag.co.za Top 20 wines 2015

Editor Christian Eedes selects his top 20 wines of the year based on quality, value, availability and excitement. Wine of the Year Sadie Family Wines Columella 2013 The most accomplished modern-era SA red yet. Read original review here. – – – AA Badenhorst Family Wines Ramnasgras Cinsault 2014 Can you expect greatness of single-variety Cinsault? […]

December 7, 2015
by Christian
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Breëland Chenin Blanc Royal 2014

How to lose the image of being an area capable only of commodity wine? Breedekloof recently launched the Chenin Blanc Initiative, which sees nine wineries in the district launching examples of Chenin Blanc from the 2014 vintage positioned very much as fine wines. Opstal is one of those involved and this producer must have provided […]

July 27, 2015
by Christian
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