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AA Badenhorst Family Wines Raaigras Grenache 2015

From a 1951 vineyard planted on the Badenhorst’s Swartland farm. The 2015 is utterly captivating. The nose is very forthcoming, the first impression being of wild strawberry and raspberry but there is also a floral note – more rose than lavender  –  as well as coriander and other spices. The palate possesses lovely form – […]

September 28, 2016
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Brakkuil Barbarossa 2015

The old dark-skinned grape vines  on Wimpie Bouwer’s property in the St Helena ward of the Swartland was originally thought to be Cinsaut but after investigations by research institute Nietvoorbij, were identified as Barbarossa, a lesser-known Italian grape which was apparently planted locally in the first half of the 20th century but then deregistered. Enter […]

September 28, 2016
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AA Badenhorst Family Wines Dassiekop Steen 2015

From a single vineyard planted in the 1956 on the Paardeberg. An extraordinarily complex and exotic nose with a floral top note before white peach, naartjie, orange, pineapple and a hint of spice. The palate, meanwhile, is rich and very flavourful – lovely pure fruit, plenty of weight and texture but equally not short on […]

September 27, 2016
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Hermanuspietersfontein Nr 7 Kaalvoet Miesie 2015

Hermanuspietersfontein has historically had number of different examples of Sauvignon Blanc but the range is undergoing consolidation and the wine previously known as Nr 7 , a Sauvignon Blanc with “a potentially small percentage of Semillon and Nouvelle” will be renamed Kaalvoet Miesie going forward. The grapes come from the Sondagskloof farm which belongs to […]

September 26, 2016
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Lomond SSV 2014

The SSV 2014 from Lomond near Gansbaai is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 16% Semillon and 4% Viognier, the latter two components fermented and matured for three months in third-fill barrels. The addition of the Viognier, traditionally associated with the Rhône, to what would otherwise be a Bordeaux-style white blend must make life difficult […]

September 26, 2016
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The Blacksmith Vin Noir 2015

Tremayne Smith, who had a stint at Mullineux & Leeu before moving to Fable Mountain Vineyards, also makes his own wines under The Blacksmith label. Tasting notes and scores for the current releases as follows: The Blacksmith Chenin Blanc 2015 Wine Cellar price: R155 Appears both reductive AND oxidative – a bit stinky on the […]

September 24, 2016
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Talking Cinsaut

How prominently is Cinsaut set to feature in the South African wine industry’s future? Yesterday, a panel discussion and tasting of some leading examples jointly hosted by Wine Cellar and WOSA (watch here). Based on my experience of the modern incarnations, it seems that it generally makes “smashable” wines – it is very much on […]

September 23, 2016
by Christian
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How bankrupt is SA wine?

For all the advances in wine quality the South African wine industry has made in the last 20 years or so, there’s currently a not-so-latent anxiety about a lack of profitability. According to national industry body, VinPro, 30% of the country’s wine producers are loss-making, 49% are low profit and 6% break even. Only 15% […]

September 22, 2016
by Christian
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