Regional profile: Swartland

From the January issue of Decanter: A vivid illustration of how dire the drought currently affecting the Swartland is the superfluous “No Swimming” sign in front of a dam on Spice Route, any water long since dried up and its shoved-earth walls covered in grass. Spice Route, of course, is the property owned by Charles […]

January 15, 2018
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Mariëtte Pinot Blanc 2016

Mariëtte Coetzee (née Stofberg) is winemaker at Stofberg Family Vineyards in Rawsonville, the top of the range wines carrying her name. First release was a Chenin Blanc 2015 which rated 88 on the 100-point quality scale (see here) and this is now joined by a Pinot Blanc 2016 and a Shiraz 2014. Mariëtte Pinot Blanc […]

January 12, 2018
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Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2015

Among  Leeuwenkuil’s 1 250ha of vineyard is a 16-year-old block of Syrah on the southern slopes of Riebeek Mountain adjacent to where Boekenhoutskloof and Mullineux among others have important holdings. The wine that Leeuwenkuil makes from here is bottled under its top-of-the-range Heritage label and while the 2014 was stellar, the recently released 2015 seems […]

January 11, 2018
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Cape Point Vineyards current releases

What has greater consumer awareness – South Africa, Cape Town, Cape Peninsula, Cape Point, Noordhoek or a proprietary name like “Isliedh”? Cape Point Vineyards aren’t taking any chances and have thrown pretty much everything into the mix. Tasting notes and ratings for the current releases as follows: Cape Point Vineyards Cape Town Sauvignon Blanc 2017 […]

January 10, 2018
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The Fledge and Co. Jikken Bareru new releases

Leon Coetzee and Boplaas winemaker Margaux Nel of The Fledge and Co. have now formalized Jikken Bareru (Japenese for “Experimental Barrels”) as their second label, wines in this range defined as “everyday interesting” and allowing the couple to make their top stuff even more refined. Tasting notes and ratings for the current releases as follows: […]

January 9, 2018
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Fairview Jakkalsfontein Shiraz 2014

Paarl cellar Fairview has three examples of Shiraz among its single vineyard wines, tasting them next to each providing a fascinating study into the influence of site. Fairview The Beacon Shiraz 2014 Price: R285 Grapes from a vineyard planted in 1995 on shale in the Swartland. Matured for 20 months in French oak, 30% new. […]

January 8, 2018
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The Wine Label Design Awards/Beer Label Design Awards 2018: Call for Entries

Entries for the fourth annual Wine Label Design Awards and the inaugural Beer Label Design Awards are now open. The awards are proudly sponsored by self-adhesive label supplier Rotolabel and are convened by Winemag.co.za – Wine magazine was published from 1993 until 2011 and now lives on in digital form. Cape Town advertising and design […]

January 8, 2018
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Sauvignon Blanc taste-off

Sauvignon Blanc is South Africa’s fifth most planted variety, area under vineyard having increased from 8 406ha in 2006 to 9 246ha in 2016. It remains extremely popular and just about every producer makes a competent version of it although it could be argued that the category is now so uniform as to be monotonous. […]

January 4, 2018
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