Vuurberg White 2016

“These go to eleven,” is an idiom coined in the movie This Is Spinal Tap, where the guitarist proudly demonstrates an amplifier whose volume knobs are marked from zero to eleven, instead of the usual zero to ten and that’s also what you get from the Vuurberg wines as made by Donovan Rall. Tasting notes […]

April 20, 2017
by Christian
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Top six wines of April 2016

Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: B Vintners Liberté Pinotage 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Arendsig Inspirational Batch 3 Chenin Blanc 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Mullineux White 2014 – 94 (read original review here) Porseleinberg 2014 – 94 (read original review here) Rall […]

May 1, 2016
by Christian
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Vuurberg White 2015

The Vuurberg White as made by Donovan Rall has tended to live in the shadow of his own-label white blend but the recently released 2015 is quite a few notches up. A blend of 50% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier and the rest Grenache Blanc, Semillon and Verdelho, it’s intensely aromatic and flavourful. On the nose, […]

April 5, 2016
by Christian
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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011

There was some debate about how long to age SA white wines earlier in the week (see here) and this prompted me to open some wines no longer in the first flush of youth. First Vuurberg White 2010 next to the 2011, the Chenin-led blend made by Donovan Rall from mostly Stellenbosch but some Swartland […]

March 13, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Vuurberg White 2013

Donovan Rall has been winemaker at Stellenbosch winery Vuurberg since 2010 and has been quietly refining the wines since his arrival there. If the white blend under his own label is Swartland with a little bit of Stellenbosch, then that under the Vuurberg label is Stellenbosch with a little bit of Swartland – the 2013 […]

August 1, 2014
by Christian
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Vuurberg White 2011

That wine changes with time in the bottle is a given, but it’s not often that the alterations over 12 months are as dramatically positive as in the case of Vuurberg White 2011. When I tasted it a year ago for the 2013 edition of Platter’s, I noted it “need(ed) time to open up” and […]

August 7, 2013
by Christian
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