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Marthélize Tredoux: Back to basics

There’s a real danger to regularly writing opinion pieces about the ins and outs of wine and the industry. The risk is that pointing out problems becomes too easy, while remaining light on suggesting solutions. Opinions are all well and good, and exchanging them sparks conversations that eventually help us figure out how to move […]

July 22, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Natte Valleij Cinsault 2015

Alex Milner of Natte Valleij in Stellenbosch is one of the new wave winemakers who’s championing Cinsault. He relates that he first worked with it in Domaine de Trienne in Provence, France and says “It impressed me there causing me to wonder why it was so widely planted in SA but so little was done […]

July 22, 2016
by Christian
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The Grande Provence Amophora 2015

Karl Lambour has left Grande Provence in Franschhoek to become GM at Stellenbosch property Tokara on a high note, two excellent new wines made under his watch released yesterday. Grande Provence Wooded Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Price: R150 Grapes from Maastricht in Durbanville. Matured for 11 months in 500-litre French oak barrels, 20% new. The main […]

July 21, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Bellingham Homestead The Old Orchards Chenin Blanc 2015

When Bellingham launched a new tier of wines under the Homestead label earlier in the year, I have to confess to be a little underwhelmed (see here). The Old Orchards Chenin Blanc 2015, available only from the tasting room, is a different proposition altogether. From 25-year-old Agter Paarl vineyards, juice underwent spontaneous fermentation and maturation […]

July 20, 2016
by Christian
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Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 – 2014

“The issue when it comes to Cabernet Sauvignon,” says Philip Constandius, winemaker at Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch, “is to manage the pyrazines. You can’t wish them away. You have to manage them.” This remark was made during a vertical tasting of the property’s Cab from the maiden 2008 to 2014 vintage and what was fascinating […]

July 20, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Momento Grenache 2015

Marelise Niemann, previously assistant winemaker at Beaumont, continues to make some smart wines under her own label called Momento. Tasting notes and ratings for two of her latest releases as follows: Momento Chenin Blanc Verdelho 2015 Wine Cellar price: R195 91% Chenin Blanc (from Bot River and Swartland) and 9% Verdelho (Bot River). Matured for […]

July 19, 2016
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Tim James: Will we ever see a wine from Judge Hlophe?

In my first – and, as it proved, incomplete – survey of the many lawyers involved in Cape wine production, two names I intentionally omitted (saving them for now) were those of the couple who founded Domaine Brahms in Paarl in the late 1990s. Gesie van Deventer is not now a lawyer – she’s still […]

July 18, 2016
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Shannon Mount Bullet Merlot 2013

Is there anybody putting more effort into Merlot than Shannon Vineyards in Elgin? Five clones spread across 3ha of vineyard, each parcel vinified separately, maturation involving barriques from three different Bordeaux cooperages and lasting 20 months, 40% new, 30% second-fill, 20% third-fill and 10% fourth-fill. The newly released 2013 shows black fruit, a hint of […]

July 18, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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