Van Loggerenberg Kameraderie Chenin Blanc 2016

Lukas van Loggerenberg gave up his job as winemaker at Paarl winery Druk-My-Niet to go it alone, his first wines from the 2016 vintage, the name of his Cinsaut being “Geronimo” reflecting the leap of faith which was necessary. Tasting notes and ratings as follows: Van Loggerenberg Break-a-Leg Blanc de Noir 2016 Price: R110 From […]

December 2, 2016
by Christian
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Crystallum Clay Shales Chardonnay 2015

Whereas there are some pretty dramatic examples of local Chardonnay out there at the moment, the Clay Shales Chardonnay 2015 from Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum is about as unflashy as you can get. Grapes come from a vineyard over 300m high just outside of the Hemel en Aarde Ridge ward, the wine completing malolactic fermentation […]

December 2, 2016
by Christian
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Top four wines of November 2016

Here are our four most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2015 – 96 (read original review here) Eden Cabernet Franc 2014 – 96 (read original review here) Fram Chenin Blanc 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Lammershoek Terravinum Reserve White 2015 – 95 (read original review here)

December 1, 2016
by Christian
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Flotsam & Jetsam new releases

Flotsam & Jetsam is a side project of wonderkids Chris and Suzaan Alheit of Alheit Vineyards, the idea being “hopefully to show that “workhorse grapes” can make lekker wine”. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases as follows: Flotsam & Jetsam Heirloom Chenin Blanc 2016 Port2Port price: R130 Pear, white and yellow peach, a […]

December 1, 2016
by Christian
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Slanghoek Legends Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015

Breedekloof winery Slanghoek today hosted brunch at Constantia restaurant Foxcroft, which recently won Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. And so the likes of carbonated Vonkel Brut with poached oysters and Vin Doux with rose and coconut panna cotta. All great fun. The most serious pairing of […]

November 30, 2016
by Christian
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JJ Handmade Eight Pillars 2013

JJ Handmade is the designation that Stellenrust has traditionally given to its more boutique offerings and the Eight Pillars 2013 is an eight-way blend with Shiraz to the fore (56%) but also including Pinotage, Cinsaut, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carignan, Grenache and Cabernet Franc – grapes mostly from Stellenbosch but also including portions from Swartland and […]

November 30, 2016
by Christian
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Michael Fridjhon: Cape vs Gauteng wine culture

It’s long been recognised that the South African wine market is not homogenous in character. (This is even more evident in the broader liquor market: beverages traditional to a particular region continue to dominate consumption patterns – beer is stronger in the inland areas, white spirits in KZN etc). Still, when it comes to fine […]

November 30, 2016
by Christian
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The eternity that is 10 years in the wine industry

Having become the owner of a new, bigger home earlier in the year, my bound set of Wine magazines has come out of the garage and onto the bookshelf. What, I wondered, where the topics of the day 10 years ago? The December 2006 cover announced that Chamonix’s Gottfried Mocke had just been judged to […]

November 30, 2016
by Christian
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