Elemental Bob Retro Series new releases

If you like you’re a wine drinker prepared to deviate from the mainstream, then you should definitely check out what Craig Sheard is doing under his Elemental Bob label. He has now expanded his range to include five wines dubbed the “Retro Series”, tasting notes and scores for the three whites as follows: Elemental Bob […]

July 25, 2017
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Trizanne Signature Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Trizanne Barnard has done something quite special with her Elim Sauvignon Blanc 2017, this Elim wine looking showing particular refinement and composure. The nose shows subtle notes of lime, pear, white peach and blackcurrant while the palate is concentrated but not weighty – lovely fruit purity, coated acidity and a gently savoury finish. Very more-ish […]

July 24, 2017
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Nguni Malbec 2015

Charles Withington is a Darling-based negociant who releases wines under his family name, the latest being Nguni Malbec 2015, the grapes from respected grower André Kirsten of Oranjefontein farm and only lightly oaked – matured for six months in old barrels. Single-variety Malbec can be quite hard work but this is charming with a very […]

July 21, 2017
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Opstal Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2016

Attie Louw, winemaker at Opstal in Slanghoek, relates that in 2016 in the case of the Carl Everson Chenin Blanc native yeast populations were smaller, available nutrients lower than usual making for an extended eight-month fermentation in barrel. The nose is dead sexy with top notes of potpourri and dried herbs before peach and citrus. […]

July 20, 2017
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Opstal The Barber Sémillon 2016

The Barber Sémillon 2016 from Slanghoek property Opstal is knock-out. Grapes from a vineyard planted in 1998, fermentation occurred spontaneously before maturation in old oak lasting 10 months. The nose shows hay, pear, peach, naartjie and a little spice. The palate, meanwhile, is rich and greasy but not without verve thanks to tangy acidity – […]

July 19, 2017
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Vriesenhof Grenache 2015

The Grenache 2015 made from Piekenierskloof grapes by Vriesenhof shows red fruit and spice but also a definite meaty quality on the nose and palate. In stark contrast to the “pretty” versions of the variety out there, it certainly holds the attention but it’s not as fine as previous vintages of this wine. Wine Cellar […]

July 17, 2017
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L’Avenir Single Block Pinotage 2014

Though L’Avenir in Stellenbosch was once a proud independent with Mauritian-borne, former sugar trader Marc Wiehe as owner and the legendary Francois Naude Snr as winemaker, it is now in the possession of French wine corporation AdVini and it’s noteworthy that they persist with South Africa’s two supposed signature varieties, namely Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, […]

July 12, 2017
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Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2017

The Sauvignon Blanc from Southern Right, the other Hemel-en-Aarde cellar that Anthony Hamilton Russell of Hamilton Russell Vineyards has a stake in, has always been quite restrained – neither too green nor too fruity and hence good, if slightly unremarkable, drinking. Winemaker Emul Ross seems to have upped the ante with the 2017, however. Grapes […]

July 11, 2017
by Christian
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