A.A. Badenhorst White 2015

It doesn’t get more involved than the White 2015 from Swartland producer A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines, a blend consisting of 20% Chenin Blanc, 13% each of Clairette, Roussanne and Verdelho, 9% each of Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris, 8% Marsanne, 7% Viognier, 5% Semillon and 3% Palomino. The end result is compelling. Aromatics of citrus […]

February 23, 2017
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Kottabos Grenache Syrah 2016

Reenen Borman of Boschkloof, seemingly uncontainable when it comes to new winemaking ventures, has just released Kottabos 2016, the name referring to an ancient Greek drinking game, the wine consisting of 87% Grenache and 13% Syrah from the Polkadraai area of Stellenbosch (price: R195 a bottle). Both components underwent 50% whole-bunch fermentation, maturation lasting 11 […]

February 22, 2017
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Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc 2016

With the release of the 2016 vintage of Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc made from Montagu fruit by Reenen Borman of Boschkloof, this wine is now established as one of the very best examples of the variety in the country – the maiden vintage 2014 was impressive enough as was the 2015 but Borman says quality improvements […]

February 22, 2017
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Patatsblanc 2016

Patatsblanc arose when Reenen Borman, the winemaker behind the celebrated Chenin Blanc from Patatsfontein in Montagu, decided that some of the Colombard on the property was too good to pass up and so devised a Colombard-Chenin Blanc blend intended to be accessible but not facile. The 2016, consisting of 88% Colombard and 12% Chenin Blanc, […]

February 22, 2017
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Cape of Good Hope Van Lill and Visser Chenin Blanc 2016

The Cape of Good Hope range from Anthonij Rupert Wyne has everything going for it on paper with grapes sourced from some of the choicest sites in the Cape and yet the wines seem to attract relatively little critical attention. The Van Lill and Visser Chenin Blanc 2016 comes from Skurfberg, the name recognizing the […]

February 21, 2017
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Huis van Chevallerie Filia Brut Nature 2014

Christa von La Chevallerie is a top Swartland grape grower who makes some own-label bubbly as a side project. Chevallerie uses Chenin Blanc to make her Filia Brut Nature and the 2014 is drinking very well right now. Matured for 14 months on the lees and degorged without dosage, it shows a little potpourri before […]

February 21, 2017
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Longridge Pinotage 2015

Among those attempting to drive Pinotage in a more elegant and refined direction, you would have to include Stellenbosch property Longridge where Jasper Raats is in charge of winemaking, the 2015 vintage his most assured rendition of the variety to date. Grapes from bush vines with an average age of 40 years, fermentation occurred spontaneously […]

February 20, 2017
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Jasper Raats Signature Wines Driefontein Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Jasper Raats worked extensively with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir during a seven-year stint in New Zealand so his local renditions of these two varieties  make for interesting reference points.  Tasting notes and ratings for current releases as follows: Jasper Raats Signature Wines Driefontein Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Price: R180 From a Helderberg vineyard farmed according […]

February 20, 2017
by Christian
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