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Concours Mondial 2016 results

The 2016 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles was held over 1 to 3 May in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and attracted over 8 750 wines from 51 producer countries. Results were announced recently and top performing South African wines were as follows: Grand Gold Medals Clos Malverne Auret 2013 Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Unwooded Chardonnay 2015 Lourensford Limited […]

May 27, 2016
by Christian
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Shannon Vineyards Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir 2015

James Downes, co-owner and viticulturist at Elgin property Shannon Vineyards, reckons that the 2015 of his Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir shows “more structure with a higher degree of dark fruit coming through” than has been in the case in recent vintages. To this taster, the fruit profile is still more towards the red fruit end […]

May 27, 2016
by Christian
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Shannon Vineyards Semillon 2015

Shannon Vineyards in Elgin are one of those producers who serve the niche market segment that drinks single-variety Semillon and their 2015 is most accomplished. Grapes come from a 12-year-old block 0.5ha in size, juice fermented spontaneously, maturation lasting three months in 100% new oak. A really complex nose of pear, yellow apple, white peach, […]

May 27, 2016
by Christian
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Buy now! SA’s best Cabernet Sauvignon available from Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar, our preferred wine merchant, has the following top performing wines from the Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report, available for purchase: Plaisir de Merle 2012 -93 points Price: R190 Vergenoegd 2011 – 91 points Price: R200 Boekenhoutskloof Stellenbosch 2014 – 90 points Price: R420 Fleur du Cap Unfiltered 2013 – 90 points Price: R150 Kleine […]

May 26, 2016
by Christian
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Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Shiraz 2013

RJ Botha, understudy to winemaker Alistair Rimmer at Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch, says that they are on a mission to “tighten up” the all the wines in the portfolio. The Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 rated 90 in the recent Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report and the Shiraz 2013 is also excellent. Matured for 18 months […]

May 26, 2016
by Christian
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Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015

During a lunch to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Stellenbosch cellar Kleine Zalze, a change to taste the soon-to-be-released Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015. Grapes come from three sites in Faure and one in Devon Valley, the wine very much a blend but constituted by different vineyards rather than different varieties according to winemaker Alastair […]

May 26, 2016
by Christian
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De Grendel Winifred 2015

Durbanville winery De Grendel has re-introduced its unconventional  white blend called Winifred after it was briefly discontinued. Named after Winifred Sally, wife of the late Sir David Graaff, 3rd Baronet of Cape Town and founder of De Grendel, the newly released 2015 is a blend of 52% Semillon, 29% Viognier and 14% Chardonnay. Aromatically, there […]

May 25, 2016
by Christian
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Luddite Chenin 2014

The Chenin Blanc 2014 from Bot River cellar Luddite is as quirky as ever. Partly from own plantings and partly from 40 to 60 year old vines on the Van der Stel Pass, both batches were fermented spontaneously on skins, maturation lasting 12 months in old oak. It has a conspicuous struck match note on […]

May 25, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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