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A.A. Badenhorst new releases

On a recent visit to the Swartland, some smart new wines from the perennial maverick Adi Badenhorst. A.A. Badenhorst The Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc 2016 Price:...

Mullineux Syrah 2015

Grapes for this wine from Andrea and Chris Mullineux come from seven different vineyards planted variously on schist, granite and iron soils across the...

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2015

The 2015 vintage is the first time that the Syrah from Boekenhoutskloof is certified as being from the Swartland. The nose is very fragrant...

Metzer Family Chenin Blanc 2016

Wade Metzer of the boutique label Metzer Family Wines has managed to get his hands on a single vineyard of Helderberg Chenin Blanc planted...

The Chocolate Block 2016

Boekenhoutskloof's The Chocolate Block, grapes sourced exclusively from the Swartland since 2015, is a phenomenal brand. 1979 barrels proudly proclaims the front label of...

Richard Hilton Vineyards benchmark tasting

Boutique winemaker Richard Hilton recently hosted a benchmarking exercise for nine Cape Town sommeliers and me featuring his two favoured varieties, namely Viognier and...

Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut 2011

Tasting notes and ratings for the trophy winners at the Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge 2017 as follows: Best Brut: Domaine des Dieux Claudia Brut 2011 White...

Kloovenburg Riebeekberg Syrah 2016

Kloovenburg is one of the larger Swartland farms where wine production vies with table grapes, olives and figs for attention. First bottling was in...