Almenkerk Merlot 2013

Could cool-climate Elgin be the district most suited to producing South Africa’s best Merlot? Shannon Vineyards has produced a high-quality version ever since its maiden 2007 but has been something of an anomaly with none of its neighbours producing anything particularly remarkable from any of the Bordeaux grapes, least of all fickle Merlot. Now, however, […]

October 10, 2016
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Hannay Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Yesterday a tasting of 18 examples of Sauvignon Blanc from the ward of Elgin. “I want people to realise that cool climate doesn’t equal “green”. It equals extra hang-time and riper flavours,” says James Downes, co-owner and viticulturist at Shannon Vineyards, one of the properties in the ward. My feeling is that while pyrazines are […]

December 5, 2012
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Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report 2012: Top 10 Wines

The second annual Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report presented in conjunction with Sanlam Private Investments is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 high-profile wines, either currently available or soon to be released,  and then subjecting them to a blind tasting. The top 10 wines were as follows: FIVE STARS Jordan Barrel Fermented […]

October 3, 2012
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Lace by Almenkerk 2010

Lace is historically associated with Bruges in Belgium, close to where owner/winemaker Joris van Almenkerk of the Elgin property that bears his surname hails from and hence the name of his new red blend .  There are many connotations to do with “lace” but in the case of this wine, it’s outright sexiness rather than […]

February 23, 2012
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