Nederburg The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2015

Nederburg, Winery of the Year in Platter’s 2017, recently showed all four of its wines to rate 5 Stars in the guide, some more convincing than others. Nederburg Private Bin D234 Sauvignon Blanc 2015 For potential sale on auction. From Darling grapes. A top note of sea breeze before asparagus and cantaloupe. Rich and thick […]

December 5, 2016
by Christian
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Lammershoek Syrah Reserve 2015

What would become of Swartland property Lammershoek was sold by the fouding Kretzel family to German investors? Schalk Opperman, previously of Holden Manz in Franschhoek, took over as winemaker in time for the 2015 harvest and as there’s every indication that the property is in good hands – the Terravinum Reserve White rated 95 on […]

December 5, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: On the significance of fashion in wine

Fashion in wine is a slippery concept. I realised this as I tried to grasp it, or at least some strands of it, prompted by reading Michael Fridjhon’s recent Winemag discussion about wine-consumption differences between Gauteng and the Cape (see here). The first tricky element is the difference between fashionability and long-term trends – perhaps […]

December 5, 2016
by Tim James
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Winemag.co.za Top 20 wines 2016

Editor Christian Eedes selects his 20 most memorable wines of the year. 20. Hermanuspietersfontein Nr 5 Sauvignon Blanc 2013 This wine showed magnificently well while judging the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition. Who might be capable of a Sauvignon capable of ageing so well? Turns out HPF. Read original review here. 19. Testalonga El […]

December 5, 2016
by Christian
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Van Loggerenberg Kameraderie Chenin Blanc 2016

Lukas van Loggerenberg gave up his job as winemaker at Paarl winery Druk-My-Niet to go it alone, his first wines from the 2016 vintage, the name of his Cinsaut being “Geronimo” reflecting the leap of faith which was necessary. Tasting notes and ratings as follows: Van Loggerenberg Break-a-Leg Blanc de Noir 2016 Price: R110 From […]

December 2, 2016
by Christian
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Crystallum Clay Shales Chardonnay 2015

Whereas there are some pretty dramatic examples of local Chardonnay out there at the moment, the Clay Shales Chardonnay 2015 from Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum is about as unflashy as you can get. Grapes come from a vineyard over 300m high just outside of the Hemel en Aarde Ridge ward, the wine completing malolactic fermentation […]

December 2, 2016
by Christian
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Top four wines of November 2016

Here are our four most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2015 – 96 (read original review here) Eden Cabernet Franc 2014 – 96 (read original review here) Fram Chenin Blanc 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Lammershoek Terravinum Reserve White 2015 – 95 (read original review here)

December 1, 2016
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: On the problem of the epithet that is “female”

Because the year hasn’t been filled with enough insanity, I’d like to up the ante by poking what might turn out to be a little hornet’s nest (depending on how frisky you all are feeling). This week, Vinepair published a piece by Vicki Denig “Why I Hate Female Sommeliers And So Should You”. Uh oh. […]

December 1, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 2 Comments
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