Cape Bordeaux Red Blend comparative tasting

To mark the upcoming launch of Series C 2015 from Vilafonté, a blind tasting was convened which would see it included in a line-up next to nine of its more notable peers. Vilafonté is of, course, the Paarl property jointly owned by Warwick’s Mike Ratcliffe and eminent US wine personalities Phil Freese and Zelma Long. […]

October 20, 2017
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Durbanville Hills The Tangram White 2016

The Tangram White 2016 is Durbanville Hill’s first commercial release of a Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend and it’s smart. Consisting of 88% Sauvignon Blanc and 12% Semillon, maturation lasted 10 months in 300-, 500- and 600-litre barrels, a combination of new and used. The nose shows blackcurrant, white peach and naartjie while the palate is rich […]

October 19, 2017
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Allée Bleue Black Series Old Vine Pinotage 2016

Yesterday Allée Bleue launched The Black Series, a collection of ultra-premium, single-variety wines many bottled in magnums. These include a Banghoek Chardonnay 2014 matured for 11 months in 100% new barrels and then a further 17 months in fifth fill – a “late bottled vintage” take on the variety according to winemaker Van Zyl Du […]

October 18, 2017
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The Raptor Post Red 2016

The Raptor Post Red 2016 from Fable Mountain Vineyards is a great little find – a blend of 50% Grenache, 39% Syrah and 11% Mourvèdre, it provides terrific quality relative to its price of R100 a bottle. Fermentation was spontaneous, a small portion whole bunch and maturation lasted 12 months in older 500-litre barrels. The […]

October 17, 2017
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Amazing Grace Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Amazing Grace Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (or La Petite Vigne The Daniel Collection Amazing Grace Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 to give it its full name) is made by Kevin Swart, also a partner in Black Elephant Vintners, as a tribute to his late father Daniel Johannes Swart. Fruit for the 2014 is from Swart’s Franschhoek farm, two […]

October 16, 2017
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Kaapzicht The 1952 Cinsault 2016

This wine was made by Danie Steytler Jnr of Kaapzicht using grapes sourced from a 1952 block, planted on Bellevue and the second oldest in Stellenbosch– former Bellevue owner Dirke Morkel and Steytler’s father Danie Snr lifelong friends and this a tribute to them. On the nose, red and black cherry, fresh herbs, spice and […]

October 13, 2017
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Kaapzicht Kliprug Bush Vine Chenin Blanc vs The 1947 Chenin Blanc 2016

Do old vines matter? Fascinating to drink side by side Kliprug Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2016 (off a vineyard planted in 1982) next to The 1947 2016 (off the second oldest block of the variety in the country) from Stellenbosch property Kaapzicht, both very smart but the older vineyard providing extra depth and complexity. Tasting […]

October 13, 2017
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Intellego Kedungu 2016

If you’re a “natural wine” fan, then the wines of Jurgen Gouws are worth seeking out. He worked with the maverick Craig Hawkins at Lammershoek before that important Swartland property was sold in 2014 and also boasts harvest experiences at Domaine Stéphane Ogier in Côte Rotie in 2010 and at Matassa in Roussillon in 2012 […]

October 12, 2017
by Christian
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