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 nine wines of May 2017

Here are our nine most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Alheit Vineyards La Colline 2016 – 97 (read original review here) Alheit Vineyards Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2016 – 96 (read original review here) Alheit Vineyards Radio Lazarus 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Rall Grenache Blanc 2016 – 95 (read original […]

June 1, 2017
by Christian
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Rall Cinsault 2015

In a short space of time, Cinsault has become trendy but it has to be said we’re still some way off having a sense of what it’s best stylistic expression is – pick it early and it makes for wines with pretty aromatics and appealing fruit but no great structure or complexity; pick it later […]

July 8, 2016
by Christian
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Rall White 2015

Though Donovan Rall’s first bottling was as recent as 2008, his credentials are now very much established and the question concerning new releases becomes how do they compare to previous vintages. His white blend, which is typically Chenin Blanc driven with various portions of Verdelho, Chardonnay and Viognier, is always a wine of some weight […]

May 3, 2016
by Christian
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Top six wines of April 2016

Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: B Vintners Liberté Pinotage 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Arendsig Inspirational Batch 3 Chenin Blanc 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Mullineux White 2014 – 94 (read original review here) Porseleinberg 2014 – 94 (read original review here) Rall […]

May 1, 2016
by Christian
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Rall Grenache Blanc 2015

Donovan Rall has a compelling new wine in the form of a Grenache Blanc 2015. Grapes come from a Piekenierskloof ungrafted vineyard some 15 years old and juice underwent spontaneous fermentation, a portion on the skins and maturation lasting six months in a combination of concrete egg and old oak. The wine has a complex […]

April 26, 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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CE’s top 12 wines of 2013

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2013. Arendsig Inspirational Batch 1 2012 Made from a Rawsonville Chenin Blanc vineyard planted in 1972. Along with Opstal Carl Everson 2012, emphatic proof that excellence can be had from the “other side of the mountain”. Beeslaar Pinotage 2012 Abrie Beeslaar starts his own label and comes […]

December 2, 2013
by Christian
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