Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2017

The Sauvignon Blanc from Southern Right, the other Hemel-en-Aarde cellar that Anthony Hamilton Russell of Hamilton Russell Vineyards has a stake in, has always been quite restrained – neither too green nor too fruity and hence good, if slightly unremarkable, drinking. Winemaker Emul Ross seems to have upped the ante with the 2017, however. Grapes […]

July 11, 2017
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The new Pinotage

From the February issue of Decanter: Those keeping a close watch on the South African wine scene will have noted the very fine own-label wines of David and Nadia Sadie, the couple at the forefront of the new generation winemakers. Sadie, aged 31, recently took up a position at the Swartland property Paardebosch. There’s a […]

February 4, 2016
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Southern Right Pinotage 2014

“2014 was a lighter vintage and Pinotage plays well to this,” says Anthony Hamilton Russell, co-owner of the Southern Right brand, his point being that given the variety’s abundant fruit and firm tannins, less can be more. If the 2013 vintage with its 20% new oak and 14.21% abv was just a bit foursquare (see […]

October 7, 2015
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Southern Right Pinotage 2013

It’s curious how the Pinotage debate has gone cold. It used to elicit impassioned arguments for and against but now it only gets referenced incidentally. I think that’s partly because the realisation has dawned that it’s not the single solution to all South Africa’s wine marketing problems and partly because advances in winemaking technique have […]

February 5, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Pinotage reconsidered

It’s indicative of how gracious my wife Jane is that she let me go off to a Pinotage tasting followed by a (long) lunch this past Women’s Day. The venue was Belthazar restaurant at the V&A Waterfront and also involved were godfather of the variety Beyers Truter of Beyerskloof, as well as James Pietersen and […]

August 11, 2010
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