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Storm Vrede Chardonnay 2015

There’s plenty of excitement about the Pinot Noir that Hannes Storm is making under his own label after his departure from Hamilton Russell Vineyards, but don’t overlook his Vrede Chardonnay 2015. From Hemel en Aarde Valley grapes, juice underwent spontaneous fermentation and maturation lasted eight months in French oak, 25% new and 75% third-fill. On […]

May 5, 2016
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Darling Cellars Cinful Cinsault 2014

With the likes of Chris Alheit, Adi Badenhorst and Eben Sadie making single-variety versions of Cinsaut, the variety has never been hipper. These wines are hard to come by but you’ll find Cinful Cinsault 2014 from Darling Cellars just about anywhere (approximate retail price: R60) and it’s delicious. On the nose, a hint of reduction […]

May 4, 2016
by Christian
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Blackwater Hinterland Cinsaut 2014

Cinsaut is becoming all the rage and it’s not difficult to see why when you encounter Francois Haasbroek’s Blackwater Hinterland Cinsaut 2014 (approximate retail price: R220 a bottle). On the nose, notes of lavender, fynbos, spice and white pepper before a little red fruit (raspberries, cherries) plus olive. Pure and true, lovely freshness, fine tannins. […]

May 4, 2016
by Christian
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Rall White 2015

Though Donovan Rall’s first bottling was as recent as 2008, his credentials are now very much established and the question concerning new releases becomes how do they compare to previous vintages. His white blend, which is typically Chenin Blanc driven with various portions of Verdelho, Chardonnay and Viognier, is always a wine of some weight […]

May 3, 2016
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Welgemeend Reserve 1995

In 1999, I moved into an apartment in the Cape Town suburb of Gardens, the building situated in Welgemeend Street, which runs perpendicular to Hofmeyr Street. The late Billy Hofmeyr of Paarl property Welgemeend was, of course, made South Africa’s first Bordeaux-style red blend in 1979 and was succeeded by his daughter Louise in 1992. […]

May 2, 2016
by Christian
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Top six wines of April 2016

Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: B Vintners Liberté Pinotage 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Arendsig Inspirational Batch 3 Chenin Blanc 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Mullineux White 2014 – 94 (read original review here) Porseleinberg 2014 – 94 (read original review here) Rall […]

May 1, 2016
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Holden Manz Cabernet Franc Reserve 2014

How to understand single-varietal Cabernet Franc in the South African context? If the talking point about the currently available Raats 2013 is just how particularly leafy it is aromatically (see here) then the Holden Manz Reserve 2014 provides an interesting counterpoint being much more about fruit power. The Holden Manz wine has an alcohol of […]

April 28, 2016
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Morgenster Nabucco 2013

Yesterday a tasting of the new releases from Morgenster in Somerset West. Pick of the bunch was the Bordeaux-style Reserve 2012 which rated 91 on the 100-point scale in last year’s RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards and again showed very well. Wine Cellar price: R395 a bottle. Whereas the Reserve 2012 is a blend of […]

April 27, 2016
by Christian
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