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Wildehurst Veloblanc 2013


Chris and Joanne Hurst established a garden vineyard in Swartland village of Koringberg in the mid-2000s and first made wine under the Wildehurst label in 2009.  Members of the Swartland Independent organisation, they’ve subsequently launched a … [Read more...]

Vin de Constance 2009

Marking time.

Vin de Constance, the sweet wine made from unbotrytised Muscat de Frontignan, is nothing if not idiosyncratic and the 2009 particularly so. The wine shows dried apricot, scrub and subtle but distinct oak-derived notes. There’s lots going on but it … [Read more...]

CBC India Pale Ale


After reviewing 41 Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon submissions for the second annual RisCura White Hot Wine Awards (which produced three wines rated 5 Stars and six rated 4½ Stars, full results on 4 September), beer. Specifically, the India Pale Ale from … [Read more...]

Hervé Souhaut Syrah 2012

The unbearable lightness of being.

A doppelgänger for Porseleinberg 2012. That was my immediate impression on opening the Syrah 2012 Vin de Pays L’Ardeche made by Hervé Souhaut (R350 a bottle from Wine Cellar in Observatory). Red and black fruit, purple flowers and a hint of white … [Read more...]

Saltare Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2012


I was a huge fan of the 2011 vintage of Saltare Old Vines Chenin Blanc (see here) made by Carla Pauw so didn’t hesitate to buy a bottle of the 2012 (R129.50 a bottle from Wine Concepts in Newlands). Whereas grapes for the 2011 came from Paarl, … [Read more...]

Waterkloof Seriously Cool Chenin Blanc 2014

Fun in the sun.

Does Chenin Blanc need serious oak in order not to be entirely ordinary? Not if the Seriously Cool 2014 from Waterkloof (R95 a bottle) is anything to go by. From 30-year-old unirrigated bushvines, the wine underwent spontaneous fermentation 90% in … [Read more...]