The Fledge & Co. Fumé Blanc 2015

From vineyards in the Outeniqua mountains, this wine from Leon Coetzee and Boplaas winemaker Margaux Nel was fermented using three different yeasts and matured for seven in old French oak. The nose is wonderfully complex with a floral note before lime, green apple, honeydew melon and white pepper. The palate is well balanced, Sauvignon’s usual […]

August 29, 2016
by Christian
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The Fledge & Co. Syrah 2015

Leon Coetzee of The Fledge & Co. is reluctant to go on record as to where he sourced grapes for Syrah 2015 so let’s just say the vineyard’s on shale soils somewhere in the Klein Karoo. The nose is still very primary with notes of red, black and blue fruit, flowers and black pepper. It’s […]

July 28, 2016
by Christian
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The Fledge & Co. Red 2014

According to SAWIS, Touriga Franca was South Africa’s 79th most planted variety with 2.54ha in the ground at the end of 2015, which makes the Red 2014 from Leon Coetzee-Margaux Nel initiative known as The Fledge & Co. particularly exotic, it being a blend of 45% Touriga Franca, 40% Touriga Nacional and 15% Syrah, sourced […]

July 25, 2016
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The Fledge & Co. Experimental Barrel Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Three wines from Leon Coetzee-Margaux Nel initiative The Fledge & Co. going by the collective name of Jikken bareru (Japanese for “Experimental barrel”) and billed as “a little off-centre and a way of enabling us to experiment more”. Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Not yet released. W.O. Outeniqua. Partial skin contact, spontaneous fermentation, matured in a 300-lite […]

March 15, 2016
by Christian
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The Fledge & Co. HoekSteen 2014

The Fledge & Co. is the label belonging to Leon Coetzee and Margaux Nel (also winemaker at Calitzdorp’s Boplaas) with them sourcing grapes from across the Cape for their various wines. HoekSteen is a Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch bush vines planted in 1980 and 1981 and while the 2013 was appealing enough (see here), the […]

October 28, 2015
by Christian
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The Fledge & Co. Katvis 2013 vs Treasure Hunter Pinot Noit 2013

One of the supposed advantages of the 100-point scoring system for wine is that it’s more finally calibrated than its 20-point counterpoint. Last night, however, two examples of Pinot Noir that while difficult to score really high, were both enjoyable. Moreover, both sell for under R100 a bottle. The Fledge & Co. Katvis 2013 Price: […]

January 9, 2014
by Christian
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The Fledge & Co. HoekSteen 2013

I’ve previously contended that at the height of the South African summer, Sauvignon Blanc will have the edge on Chenin Blanc on account of possessing more refreshment value. The HoekSteen 2013 (R100 a bottle) from Leon Coetzee and Margaux Nel (also winemaker at Calitzdorp’s Boplaas) is however an example of Chenin that I think you […]

December 22, 2013
by Christian
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The Fledge & Co. Vagabond XII

Although Vagabond 2012 from The Fledge & Co. was rejected by the Wine & Spirit Board on account of being turbid, I thought it was pretty smart. It’s a Calitzdorp Viognier matured for 15 months in old French oak from Leon Coetzee and Margaux Nel, also winemaker at Boplaas, the variety left off the label […]

November 11, 2013
by Christian
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