Top four wines of April 2017

Here are our four most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2016 – 97 (read original review here) Carinus Family Vineyards Rooidraai Chenin Blanc 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Mount Sutherland Syrah 2013 – 94 (read original review here) Waterkloof Circumstance Syrah 2015 – 94 (read original review […]

May 1, 2017
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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2016

Exquisite. Just exquisite. Grapes from the two oldest vineyards on this Bot River property owned by the Beaumont family, one planted in 1974 and the other in 1978, fermentation occurred spontaneously in 400-litre French oak barrels, 22% new before 10 months of maturation. The nose is a glorious mélange of straw, apple, citrus, stone fruit […]

April 13, 2017
by Christian
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Beaumont Vitruvia aka New Baby 2015

The Vitruvia aka New Baby 2015 (yes, we also wonder about the name) from Beaumont in Bot River is another compelling argument for the emerging category that is Cape White Blends or multi-variety wines built around Chenin Blanc. This consists of 35% Chenin Blanc, 24% Sauvignon Blanc, 14% Semillon,  13.5% Chardonnay and 13.5% Colombard and […]

January 24, 2017
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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2015

The 2015 vintage of Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc from Bot River property seems particularly understated now but has the inherent structure and balance to reward a good few years of bottle maturation. From vineyards planted in 1974 and 1978, juice was fermented spontaneously, maturation lasting 10 months in 400-litre barrels, 15% new. On the nose, […]

July 18, 2016
by Christian
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Editor Christian Eedes selects his top 20 wines of the year based on quality, value, availability and excitement. Wine of the Year Sadie Family Wines Columella 2013 The most accomplished modern-era SA red yet. Read original review here. – – – AA Badenhorst Family Wines Ramnasgras Cinsault 2014 Can you expect greatness of single-variety Cinsault? […]

December 7, 2015
by Christian
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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2014

There are a few South African wines which, regardless of vintage or particular rating, have become crucial reference points – Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh, Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay and Kanonkop Pinotage, for instance. Though the Beaumonts of Bot River go about their business in a quiet and unassuming way, their Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc is […]

September 17, 2015
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SA vs Loire Chenin Blanc

Are we making the most of Chenin Blanc? It may seem a strange question to ask at a point when the variety is receiving the most positive media coverage it has done in the past 20 years but that was the precisely the theme of a recent Cape Winemakers Guild technical tasting presented by Niels […]

September 7, 2015
by Christian
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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011

There was some debate about how long to age SA white wines earlier in the week (see here) and this prompted me to open some wines no longer in the first flush of youth. First Vuurberg White 2010 next to the 2011, the Chenin-led blend made by Donovan Rall from mostly Stellenbosch but some Swartland […]

March 13, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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