Sijnn White 2015

It’s a little difficult to know what to make of the wines from Sijnn, David Trafford’s project near Malgas on the banks of the Breede River, as they are just so different to anything else out there. He recently showed the new-release White 2015 and Red 2012 along with some older vintages and suffice to […]

November 22, 2016
by Christian
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Glenelly Lady May 2011

Glenelly in Stellenbosch was founded by May-Eliane de Lencquesaing of Bordeaux second growth Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande and it’s therefore hard to imagine the property’s flagship wine ever deviating from the Bordeaux template. That said, the property does seem to make fine Syrah, this variety appearing in the second label Estate Reserve as […]

November 21, 2016
by Christian
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Eden Cabernet Franc 2014

Eden is the name that Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines has given to two wines off plantings on his Vlaeberg Road property – he established 0.2ha of Cabernet Franc and 0.6ha of Chenin Blanc in 2008 opting for high-density and each vine individually staked. For all the excitement about old vines, Raats says by […]

November 17, 2016
by Christian
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Raats Cabernet Franc 2014

Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines comments that 2014 was a cooler vintage facilitating longer hang-time and this has resulted in his Cabernet Franc from that year looking particularly statuesque. From two Stellenbosch vineyards, one in Polkadraai and the other on the Simonsberg, the wine was matured for 18 months in French oak, 25% each […]

November 17, 2016
by Christian
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Mount Abora Koggelbos Chenin Blanc 2014

The Koggelbos 2014 from Mount Abora, an oxidatively made Swartland Chenin, is pretty out there. Deep yellow in colour, the nose shows dried stone fruit, honey, a hint of earth and some leesy complexity. The palate is extraordinarily rich and flavourful (despite a relatively low alcohol of 13%) with nicely coated acidity. Lots to like […]

November 16, 2016
by Christian
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Chardonnay: The chameleon of viticulture

Jay McInerney, the keynote speaker at this year’s Celebration of Chardonnay hosted as always by De Wetshof, is a US writer who made his name with a 1984 novel entitled “Bright Lights, Big City”, which features “a cocaine-using party-goer seeking to lose himself in the hedonism of the 1980s yuppie party scene”. What would the […]

November 16, 2016
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: Is rosé really worth taking seriously?

I have previously written about my loathing-turned-loving relationship with rosé wines. And for the past few years I have genuinely loved drinking pink. I prefer to think that the rekindling of my relationship with rosé began before the popular resurgence, but honestly I’m not sure. Perhaps I was influenced by the deluge of promoted pinks […]

November 16, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Cape White Blend Report 2016

Winemag.co.za is pleased to present the inaugural Cape White Blend Report – in order to be eligible, wines had to contain a Chenin Blanc component of more than 15% and less than 85%. 43 entries from 36 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by the three-person panel, scoring done […]

November 15, 2016
by Christian
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