Tim James: On wax capsules

At this time of year (my tasting-for-Platter time, with desk, floorspace and life littered with bottles of wine) I often think about bottle closures – not infrequently with some irritation. I recently revisited in a small way here the screwcap-cork debate, but didn’t mention how, around now, whatever I think of the important arguments, when […]

August 21, 2017
by Tim James
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Marthélize Tredoux: Less talk and more action required to move SA wine forward

“South Africa has been the next big thing for a frustratingly long time, without ever reaching its full potential.” This sentence is part of the introduction to the 2017 WineLand/Adams&Adams Seminar – the topic for this year being “Leader of the Pack”. The question formulated asks what will it take to finally switch SA wine […]

August 18, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Arcangeli maiden releases

Arcangeli is the new name for what was Bot River property Feiteiras Vineyards, longtime wine marketer Krige Visser now trying his hand at winemaking (read more here). The maiden releases are off-centre without being entirely esoteric, tasting notes and ratings for the as follows: Arcangeli Romulus Nebbiolo 2016 Wine Cellar price: R235 From Breedekloof grapes. […]

August 17, 2017
by Christian
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La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2015

Not only is the Pierneef Syrah Viognier from Franschhoek cellar La Motte highly critically acclaimed but it’s also made in meaningful volumes, 81 000 bottles in the case of the current-release 2015. A blend of 94% Syrah (sourced from Walker Bay and Elim) plus 6% Viognier (Franschhoek), it was matured for 18 months in 300-litre […]

August 16, 2017
by Christian
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Spioenkop Elgin Pinotage 2016

Ever since Koen Roose received 5 Stars for the 2012 vintage of his Spioenkop 1900 Pinotage in the 2014 edition of Platter’s, his take on the variety has been an appointment reference for those who take an interest in the fortunes of South Africa’s very own. Tasting notes and ratings for the 2016s as follows: […]

August 16, 2017
by Christian
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B Vintners new releases

While Raats Family Wines sees Bruwer Raats and Gavin Slabbert concentrating on Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc, B Vinters Wine Exploration Co. is the label that gives them the scope to explore other varieties as well as letting them work outside their beloved Stellenbosch. Tasting notes and ratings for new releases as follows: B Vintners […]

August 16, 2017
by Christian
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Lourensford Cuvée 89 2007

The Cuvée 89 2007, a Méthode Cap Classique from Lourensford in Somerset West, gets its name from the fact that it spent 89 months (over seven years) on the lees. Made from predominantly Chardonnay plus a small portion of Pinotage, it shows plenty of developed character on the nose although nothing too weird. The palate […]

August 16, 2017
by Christian
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Raats new releases

If you’re looking for vinous showboating, then Bruwer Raats and cousin Gavin Slabbert are probably not your men. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for wines of complexity and balance that don’t play to a  particular audience one way or the other, then look no further than Raats Family Wines. Tasting notes and ratings […]

August 15, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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