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2015 CWG Auction wines rated

The 31th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place at the Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch on Saturday, 3 October 2015. The line-up comprises a total of 55 different wines (34 red wines, 17 white wines, three Méthode Cap Classiques and a straw wine) and I recently attended a sighted pre-auction tasting. Stand-out wines as follows: [...]

August 17, 2015
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2014

Team Boekenhoutskloof is doing some pioneering work with top-end Swartland Syrah in the form of Porseleinberg but the Porcupine Ridge Syrah at the other end of the market shouldn’t be ignored either. The 2014 shows red fruit, purple flowers, spice and white pepper. In fact, it’s extraordinarily perfumed without being “stemmy”. It’s fabulously generous on [...]

July 6, 2015
by Christian
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Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

If we measure vintages by how serious reds shaped in Stellenbosch and immediate surrounds, 2008 is generally considered “challenging” as a consequence of rain during harvest but Boekenhoutskloof was evidently on top of its game when it comes to its Cabernet Sauvignon from own vineyards in Franschhoek. It’s pretty full on: Four pickings across 17 [...]

March 24, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

Tim James: Grape variety of the year

I was wondering if I could find the energy, in the midst of late-year-in-Cape-Town torpor, to rustle up a list of my top local wines of the year… An alternative occurred to me: grape variety/style of the year. The answer to that is easy: shiraz/syrah. It’s not a revolution in wine-critical thought, of course, to [...]

December 23, 2014
by Tim James
with 1 Comment Top 20 Wines 2014

Editor Christian Eedes selects the most exciting wines he’s reviewed this year. WINE OF THE YEAR: Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2013 From ungrafted Chenin Blanc vines, the most profound modern-era South African wine yet. Read original review here. – – – A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2011 Adi Badenhort’s cultivated eccentricity possibly gets in the [...]

December 8, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 2 Comments

De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2012

There were 25 examples of Shiraz/Syrah nominated for 5 Stars in Platter’s 2015 and it fell to founder Tim James, sommelier-at-large Higgo Jacobs and me tasting blind to either endorse these or not. Wine assessment is often humbling and particularly so in this instance. Out of the five wines we as a trio anointed [...]

November 21, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 5 Comments

Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2012

Favourite wine at Caroline’s White Wine Review 2014 last night was the Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2012. From Franschhoek vineyards, one block planted in 1902 and another in 1942, this is real “vieilles vignes” stuff. Harvest started about two weeks later than average and winemaker Jean Smit says that it was the first time some of the [...]

October 22, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2012

The Syrah from Boekenhoutskloof has always been among the best that South Africa can do but I’m a bit underwhelmed by the current-release 2012 – have other producers improved their respective offerings to the point where this particular wine is no longer stand-out? Grapes, including a small percentage of whole bunch, were fermented naturally, the [...]

September 24, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 2 Comments
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