Vriesenhof Chardonnay 2011

Stellenbosch property Vriesenhof yesterday unveiled new-look packaging while simultaneously announcing that all wines will now appear under one label, the Paradyskloof second label no longer set to feature. To mark the occasion, a tasting of the full range of current-releases plus some older vintages and a reminder of how resolutely classical in style these wines […]

July 27, 2017
by Christian
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Vriesenhof Grenache 2015

The Grenache 2015 made from Piekenierskloof grapes by Vriesenhof shows red fruit and spice but also a definite meaty quality on the nose and palate. In stark contrast to the “pretty” versions of the variety out there, it certainly holds the attention but it’s not as fine as previous vintages of this wine. Wine Cellar […]

July 17, 2017
by Christian
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RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards 2016 results

Results of the second annual RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends as made in South Africa are now out. 59 entries from 46 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of site) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Wines to rate 90 points […]

June 22, 2016
by Christian
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Vriesenhof Grenache 2014

The Grenache as made by Stellenbosch cellar Vriesenhof from Piekenierskloof grapes has always be a wine of restraint and the 2014 is no exception. Matured for 14 to 18 months in first- and second-fill French oak barrels depending on vintage, the 2014 shows aromas of red and black fruit, some subtle floral perfume scrub and […]

February 23, 2016
by Christian
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2015 CWG Auction wines rated

The 31th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place at the Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch on Saturday, 3 October 2015. The line-up comprises a total of 55 different wines (34 red wines, 17 white wines, three Méthode Cap Classiques and a straw wine) and I recently attended a sighted pre-auction tasting. Stand-out wines as follows: […]

August 17, 2015
by Christian
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Vriesenhof Pinot Noir 2013

Can Stellenbosch make great Pinot Noir? What became clear at a workshop held yesteday featuring various incarnations of Pinot from Vriesenhof is that it’s probably a life’s work. Jan “Boland” Coetzee started his winemaking career at Kanonkop in 1967 and it was here that he started his dalliance with the variety. Vriesenhof was acquired in […]

November 6, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Vriesenhof Grenache 2011

“Sophisticated and serious as well as easily delightful” writes colleague Tim James of the Grenache 2011 from Vriesenhof in the 2014 edition of Platter’s (before awarding it 4½ Stars) and I know what he means. It’s the kind of wine which doesn’t take over the evening but is just part of the evening, uplifting the […]

March 6, 2014
by Christian
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Vriesenhof Grenache 2010

Vriesenhof in Stellenbosch appears resolutely publicity shy and as a result I sometimes forget how satisfying the wines from this cellar are. The approach here is nothing if not old school and what ends up in bottle typically possesses a “noble rusticity” –  the sort of thing that will get marked down next to the […]

May 29, 2013
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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