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Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2008

How good can single-variety Sauvignon Blanc possibly be? Yesterday Tokara’s Miles Mossop presented his newly released Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and you certainly had to admire it for its purity and focus but wouldn’t necessarily call it complex. On the nose, a pleasant dustiness before notes of pear, lime and grapefruit. Concentrated fruit, [...]

September 4, 2015
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Mulderbosch wins Sylvain barrel

Best wine overall at the third annual RisCura Red White Wine was the Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2013 and the prize for producing this a new top-of-range 225-litre Grande Reserve Château Tradition Blanc barrel from Tonnellerie Sylvain valued at approximately R12 200. Here Jean Daneel, who is Sylvain’s representative in South Africa can be seen with [...]

September 4, 2015
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The Old Vine Series Soldaat 2014

“Unlike the usual full-bodied style of Grenache, this wine rather displays the elegant characteristics of the grape,” reads the back label of Soldaat 2014, part of Eben Sadie’s Die Ou Wingerdreeks (The Old Vine Series). From a Piekenierskloof vineyard, the wine is restrained to the point of delicate. The nose shows wild strawberry, fynbos and [...]

September 2, 2015
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The Old Vine Series Skerpioen 2014

Palomino, according to JancisRobinson.com, “can withstand drought well and produces a reliable crop of slightly low acid, low sugar grapes whose wine may oxidise easily – in short, perfect raw material for sherry”. It was once widely planted in South Africa but most of the wine is used for distilling or basic blends. Part of [...]

September 2, 2015
by Christian
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Joostenberg Syrah 2012 vs Joostenberg Klippe Kou Syrah 2013

Tyrrel Myburgh, winemaker at Paarl winery Joostenberg, seemed mildly surprised when I professed to like his 2013 Syrah (which now bears the moniker “Klippe Kou” on account of how rocky the vineyard) more than the 2012. Both feature about 30% whole bunch fermentation and both have an alcohol by volume of 14% so not much [...]

September 1, 2015
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The Old Vine Series Pofadder 2014

“This bottle of wine celebrates a grape that poses many challenges in the vineyard and in the cellar and keeps us humble” reads the back label of Pofadder 2014, the Swartland Cinsault in Eben Sadie’s Die Ouwingerdreeks (The Old Vine Series). Plenty of berry fruit (cherries, wild strawberries) plus some black olive, fynbos and earth. [...]

August 31, 2015
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The Old Vine Series ‘T Voetpad 2014

Part of Eben Sadie’s Ou Wingerdreeks (Old Vine Series), this wine is from a field blend of Chenin Blanc, Muscat, Palomino Semillon and Semillon Gris, this Swartland vineyard was planted in stages from 1900 to 1928. This vintage shows white and yellow peach, some floral perfume, spice, talcum powder and a hint of yeasty complexity. [...]

August 31, 2015
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Naudé Old Vines Cinsault 2014

New wines from Ian Naudé of Adoro, the Stellenbosch cellar that has the same owners as Benriach Distillery in Speyside, Scotland. Tasting notes and ratings as follows: Naudé White 2010 Price: R90 39% Chenin Blanc, 31% Semillon, 30% Sauvignon Blanc. From multiple vineyards across the Western Cape, all the Chenin and approximately 60% of the [...]

August 28, 2015
by Christian
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