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Regional profile: Swartland

From the January issue of Decanter: A vivid illustration of how dire the drought currently affecting the Swartland is the superfluous “No Swimming” sign...

Sand mining to devastate the Swartland?

The practice of sand mining looks set to begin in the Swartland, one of South Africa's most high-profile wine producing areas. The website Grape.co.za first...

Swartland red blends re-assessed

Earlier this year, I rated the Malabar 2012, the Rhône-style red blend from Charles Back’s Swarland operation Spice Route, 90 on the 100-point quality...

Franz Beckenbauer Libero No 5 2015

Swartland property Lammershoek was sold to a trio of German investors in 2014 leading to the replacement of the maverick Craig Hawkins as winemaker...

Tim James: Lammershoek looking good under new management

When I first found out, a few years back, that the famous footballer of the 1960s and 70s, Franz Beckenbauer, had joined the German...

Kloovenburg Eight Feet Red 2013

Until now, the wines from Swartland property Kloovenburg have been no more than workmanlike but Jolandie Fouché moved across from Saronsberg in Tulbagh to...

Tim James: The effect of the drought in the Swartland

“It’s been a battle!” says Eben Sadie, just a third of the way through his 2016 harvest. In his voice is the hyping up,...

Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve 2014

The Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve 2014 from Delaire Graff is a slow burner. From unirrigated bush vines 30 to 40 years in age, it...
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