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Neethlingshof Short Story Collection Maria Noble Late Harvest 2009

The Short Story Collection Maria Noble Late Harvest 2009 from Neethlingshof in Stellenbosch was judged best museum class unfortified dessert wine and best museum class wine overall at the recent Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and very smart it is, too. From Riesling, the nose is terrifically complex: some floral fragrance before marmalade, apricot, caramel […]

June 24, 2016
by Christian
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Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2013

While the appeal of Cabernet Franc generally arises from its pretty aromatics and  litheness compared to its offspring Cabernet Sauvignon, Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch have tended to make quite a big and burly version. I’m happy to report, however, that the 2013 vintage comes in at a relatively modest alcohol of 13.5%, which makes for […]

June 23, 2016
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De Trafford Chenin Blanc 2015

What is striking about the nose of the Chenin Blanc 2015 from Stellenbosch producer De Trafford is a dried grass, almost thatch-like quality to go with citrus and white peach as well as a little spice. The palate is medium bodied and currently quite closed down. There is, however, a good core of fruit along […]

June 22, 2016
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Durbanville Hills The Tangram 2012

Durbanville Hills Wines has launched The Tangram 2012, a Bordeaux-style red blend, total production amounting to 1 659 bottles and set to sell for R875.  Supposedly under construction since the cellar’s first ever vintage in 1999, it’s a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, matured […]

June 22, 2016
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Bosman Family Vineyards Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Pinot Noir 2015

Two new wines from the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde vineyards tended by Bosman Family Vineyards. Bosman Family Vineyards Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Chardonnay 2015 Price: R100 Matured for nine months, a third in new French oak, the rest in tank. Pear, white peach and citrus. Pure fruit and bright acidity with very little oak in evidence making for a […]

June 21, 2016
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Lanzerac Pionier Pinotage 2013

Stellenbosch property Lanzerac was owned by business tycoon Christo Wiese from 1990 to mid-2012 when it was bought by a consortium and is now emerging from a period of vineyard overhaul, according to winemaker Wynand Lategan. Historically, Lanzerac has always been associated with Pinotage and the cellar continues to offer an ultra-premium version, the Pionier […]

June 21, 2016
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Savage Red 2014

And so Duncan Savage, previously winemaker at Cape Point Vineyards, has gone on his own with nothing to fall back on but his wits and guile. Luckily, his new releases are as accomplished as ever. Tasting notes and scores as follows: Savage White 2015 Wine Cellar price: R195 44% Sauvignon Blanc, 36% Semillon, 11% Clairette […]

June 20, 2016
by Christian
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Mullineux Mourvèdre 2013

Though widely grown in the more Mediterranean parts of France and Spain, Mourvèdre is never going to be massively popular. It needs a hot, dry climate for it is very late ripening and it typically makes rather potent, somewhat gamey wines. The Mourvèdre 2013 which Swartland producer Mullineux offered to its club members defies the […]

June 20, 2016
by Christian
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