From dryland vineyards in Darling, the Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2015 under the Fleur du Cap label is old-school. Cut grass, fresh herbs, lime and grapefruit on the nose while the palate is rich and thick-textured with coated acidity. Forceful but not particularly charming. R106 a bottle. #WinemagRating: 86/100.
The 2014 vintage of the Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch producer won the trophy for best in class at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show last year and the 2015 is right up there again. Intense white and yellow peach plus honeysuckle, spice and a little leesy complexity. The palate is flavour-packed, rich and […]
While the 2016 edition of Platter’s has yet to review the 2014 vintage of Meerlust Pinot Noir let alone the 2015, last year’s wine is indeed commercially available – R241.45 a bottle from Liquor City Claremont – which does seem extraordinarily early. Needless to say, the wine currently appears extremely youthful. Red and black cherry […]
Donkiesbaai is a label begun by Jean Engelbrecht of Rust en Vrede, grapes for this Chenin Blanc from a Piekenierskloof vineyard planted in 1979. With an approximate retail price of R200 a bottle, its positioning in the market is ambitious but the actual wine itself is a model of restraint. In the case of the […]
I’ve written before about what great value the Stellenrust Chenin Blanc offers and the 2015 is no exception. Vineyards vary in age but none are younger than 30 years and some up to 42 years. Fermentation occurs spontaneously, 88% in tank and 12% in old oak, and maturation lasts five months. It’s immensely fun to […]
Franki’s Vineyards is a 700ha property situated between Malmesbury and Darling. In addition to plantings of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Viognier amounting to some 22ha, you’ll also find South Africa’s first solar photovoltaic farm. Entrepreneur Anthony Corin leads the company behind the alternative energy initiative and it’s his partner Erica Joubert who makes the wine. The […]
The back label of Tokara White 2005, a wooded Sauvignon Blanc, suggested that the wine would cellar well for a further five years from release. It’s now 10 years on from when the wine hit the market and it’s looking fine. Wine of Origin Stellenbosch, the winemaking involved fermentation and maturation for six months in […]
Tesselaarsdal is a new label belonging to longstanding Hamilton Russell Vineyards employee Berene Sauls, her first wine being a Pinot Noir 2015, grapes sourced from Mount Babylon in Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge and the wine made by HRV’s Emul Ross. Vinification involved one new barrel, one second-fill and two third-fill. The nose is still very primary but […]