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The Wolftrap White 2014

Who drinks The Wolftrap White “matured and bottled” by Boekenhoutskloof? The 2014 is a blend of 48% Viognier, 41% Chenin Blanc and 11% Grenache Blanc and has an approximate retail price of R40 a bottle. It shows yellow fruit, a subtle earthiness and a slight yeasty character. Rich, relatively thick textured and more oxidative than [...]

September 24, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Road to Santiago Semillon 2014

Franschhoek old-vine Semillon makes for some impressive wines have Boekenhoutskloof and Landau du Val have proved often. Now Wynand Grobler of Rickety Bridge has made some wine under his own label using Landau du Val grapes and it’s outstanding. From the famed 1905 vineyard, it includes some 10% Semillon Gris. Fermentation occurred spontaneously and maturation [...]

September 16, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Porseleinberg 2013

Porseleinberg is Boekenhoutkloof’s Swartland project featuring Syrah and whereas I was one of the few not to go into eulogies about the brilliance of the 2012, I’m much more convinced by the 2013. My misgiving about the 2012 was the finish – for all that is good about the wine, every time I’ve encountered it [...]

September 7, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

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
with 0 Comments

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
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