The re-emergence of wooded Sauvignon Blanc

“I’d rather drink a wooded Sauvignon Blanc over an unwooded Chardonnay,” remarked celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood over lunch the other day and I tend to share the sentiment. Chablis is Chablis but local unwooded Chardonnay often underwhelms, the wines failing to show real complexity. Wooded Sauvignon Blanc, on the other hand, is re-emerging as a […]

July 6, 2017
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Top six wines of June 2017

Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of last month: David & Nadia Aristargos 2016 – 96 (read original review here) David & Nadia Siebritskloof Pinotage 2016 – 95 (read original review here) David & Nadia Chenin Blanc 2016 – 94 (read original review here) Nederburg The Anchormand Chenin Blanc 2016 – 94 […]

July 1, 2017
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The Giant Periwinkle Blanc Fumé 2016

Pierre Rabie, an advocate by profession, pleads the case of wooded Sauvignon in his spare time – he’s made his Blanc Fum é from Elim grapes since the 2013 vintage and his 2016 is his best yet. Barrel fermented and matured in old oak for some five months, the nose shows a top note of […]

June 5, 2017
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The Giant Periwinkle Blanc Fumé 2015

Pierre Rabie, an advocate by profession, makes wines on a small scale under The Giant Periwinkle label. The stand out in the range is the Blanc Fumé made from Elim grapes, fermentation begun in tank and finished in fourth-fill barrel, maturation lasting six to nine months While the 2014 was refined and unshowy (see here), […]

April 16, 2016
by Christian
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The Giant Periwinkle Kelp Forest Syrah 2013

Lawyer Pierre Rabie has a garagiste venture called The Giant Periwinkle sourcing fruit from various vineyards in Elim. He says he tries to keep his wine as natural as possible (no acid additions, only older oak) and refers to himself as a “wine facilitator” not a “wine maker”. Tasting notes and scores for some of […]

March 19, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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