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New Cab clone planted at Ernie Els Wines

The Proprietor’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 was rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2014 and Louis Strydom, winemaker and managing director at this Helderberg winery, is backing Cab in a big way.  It makes up some 55% of the 45ha under vine here and yesterday saw the planting of clone CS 412 for the first time in [...]

August 13, 2014
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Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 1994

To see in 2014, the 1994 vintage of Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch cellar Mulderbosch. This was the third ever vintage made by the celebrated Mike Drobovic from low-yeilding bush vines featuring the “Weerstasie” clone. It was rated 5 Stars in the 1995 edition of Platter’s which went on to describe it as “South Africa’s most [...]

January 6, 2014
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Platter’s 2014

Major achievements in Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2014: Winery of the year Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Superquaffer of the Year Boland Kelder Five Climates Chenin Blanc 2013 White Wine of the Year DeMorgenzon Maestro White 2012 Red Wine of the Year Newton Johnson Windansea 2012 Wines rated 5 Stars: Méthode Cap Classique Klein [...]

November 8, 2013
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Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2006

How much should we expect of top-end SA red when it comes to maturation potential? I think most get to optimum drinking a lot quicker than their European counterparts and this is  something we should with which we should all make peace. Over the weekend, the Syrah 2006 from Boekenhoutskloof, rated 5 Stars in the [...]

May 27, 2013
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De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2008

The Cape Vintage Reserve Port 2008 from Calitzdorp producer De Krans comes festooned with stickers including one announcing its 5-Star rating in the 2011 edition of Platter’s. Of course, it shouldn’t be broached for a long while yet, but another Stormers defeat by the Crusaders demanded some succour. A blend of 60% Touriga Nacional, 35% [...]

April 2, 2013
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Chamonix Troika Reserve 2010

A tasting at Chamonix in Franschhoek on Friday but what to add that hasn’t been said already? It’s winery of the year in the current edition of Platter’s and Greywacke Pinotage 2010, Pinot Noir Reserve 2011, Chardonnay Reserve 2011 and White Reserve 2011 were all rated 5 Stars. Winemaker Gottfried Mocke manages the rare feat [...]

February 4, 2013
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Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blancs 2007

The stellar Villiera Monro Brut 2007 ( wine of show at this year’s Five Nations Wine Challenge, 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013) contains not only 34% Pinot Noir but 15% Pinot Meunier in addition to 51% Chardonnay, but in most instances I’m not sure what the red varieties contribute to local bottle-fermented sparkling wine – [...]

December 24, 2012
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Delaire Graff Laurence Graff Reserve 2009

Today the official launch of Laurence Graff Reserve 2009 from Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch. Essentially, it’s the five best barrels of Cab from that vintage, matured for 30 months in French oak, 100% new. Winemaker Morné Vrey lets on that it also contains a “splash” of both Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, together making [...]

November 8, 2012
by Christian
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