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Naudé Grenache 2014

Ian Naudé of Adoro might be something of an old hand in the local wine industry but he’s making some of the most appealing new-wave wines around, as these latest releases again show. Naudé Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2015 Price: R250 From Durbanville and Swartland vineyards, approximately 40 years old. Subtle but alluring aromatics – […]

August 29, 2016
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The Fledge & Co. Fumé Blanc 2015

From vineyards in the Outeniqua mountains, this wine from Leon Coetzee and Boplaas winemaker Margaux Nel was fermented using three different yeasts and matured for seven in old French oak. The nose is wonderfully complex with a floral note before lime, green apple, honeydew melon and white pepper. The palate is well balanced, Sauvignon’s usual […]

August 29, 2016
by Christian
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Uva Mira The Mira Merlot 2014

Uva Mira is the Helderberg property owned by Toby Venter, CEO of Porsche South Africa, where Christian Coetzee, previously of KWV, is crafting some impressive wines. The Bordeaux-style red blend called O.T.V. 2014 rated 91 points in the RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards earlier this year so what of the single varietal Merlot and Cab […]

August 26, 2016
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Rousseau Grace Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Former Constantia Uitsig viticulturist and winemaker André Rousseau now makes some wine under his own label and has just released Grace Sauvignon Blanc 2016 named after his mother and selling for R105 a bottle. 70% of grapes are from Durbaville, 24% from Noordhoek and 6% from Grabouw, this latter portion being barrel fermented.   On the […]

August 26, 2016
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Swartland Limited Release Roussanne 2015

The marketing department at Swartland Winery might be over-reaching itself – the new wines from unusual varieties are pitched as “iconic” – but there’s nothing wrong with what’s actually in the bottle, at least when it comes to the Limited Release Roussanne 2015 which was sent for review (there is also a Mourvèdre and a […]

August 25, 2016
by Christian
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Spice Route Malabar 2012

Spice Route was acquired by Charles Back in the late 1990s out of conviction that the Swartland was utilised and the maiden vintage of this deluxe Rhône-style red blend was 2002, the 2012 the eighth to be released so evidently a few vintages declassified for whatever reason. The 2012 consists of 73% Syrah, 11% Mourvèdre, […]

August 24, 2016
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The Old Vine Series Mev. Kirsten 2015

This wine is produced from Chenin Blanc vineyards in Stellenbosch considered to be the oldest in the country, having been planted during the years of 1905 to 1920. The 2015 is deep in colour, the nose showing white and yellow peach, naartjie and orange, bee’s wax and honey plus a little earthiness. The palate is […]

August 24, 2016
by Christian
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Mullineux Single Terroir new releases

Mullineux Granite Chenin Blanc 2015 Price: R495 From two Paardeberg vineyards, 39 and 43 years old. A hint of reduction plus pear, white peach and wild herbs. The palate is lean and angular – very fresh with a pithy finish. #WinemagRating: 91/100. Mullineux Quartz “Leliefontein” Chenin Blanc 2015 Price: R495 From a 34-year-old Kasteelberg vineyard. […]

August 23, 2016
by Christian
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