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South Africa’s top six “iconic wine farms”

During a conversation over lunch yesterday, a winelands property agent asked me which South African wine farms I considered to be “iconic”. In 2011, self-made billionaire Zdenek Bakala and business associate Charles Harman acquired Klein Constantia for a reported R200 million and I guess the agent was asking what other properties would warrant that sort […]

September 21, 2015
by Christian
with 10 Comments

Boschendal “330” 2013

To commemorate the establishment of Groot Drakenstein property Boschendal in 1685, a new Bordeaux-style red blend from the 2013 vintage called “330”. It’s a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petit Verdot and 10% Malbec, matured for 18 months in French oak, 40% new and it’s not what I expected being remarkably understated and sophisticated. […]

September 17, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Boschendal Jean Le Long Blanc de Blancs 2007

The Jean Le Long Blanc de Blancs 2007 is the “prestige cuvee” in Boschendal’s Méthode Cap Classique range selling for R450 a bottle. 100% Chardonnay, five years on the lees before disgorgement and a further year on the cork before release. It’s a dramatic stuff. Ripe citrus, brioche and even a little bee’s wax – […]

February 24, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

Boschendal Cecil John Reserve Shiraz 2012

Owned by producer-wholesaler DGB, Boschendal should have more cachet as a wine label than it does. The 2012 vintage of Cecil John Reserve Shiraz (R235 a bottle) is a cracker, however. Made by Bertho van der Westhuizen, previously part of the Kleine Zalze team, 50% of grapes come from a vineyard just off Winery Road […]

January 20, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Boschendal Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Vineyard plantings in the district of Elgin stand at 850ha down from 1 000ha two or three years ago, according to Boschendal viticulturist Stephan Joubert. Why has this happened? Apples are fetching far more per hectare than wine grapes and farmers are reacting accordingly. Even so, the Boschendal team is convinced of Elgin’s potential as […]

October 23, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

2013 Amorim Tsogo Sun Cap Classique Challenge Results

The results of the the thirteenth annual Amorim Tsogo Sun Méthode Cap Classique Challenge are as follows: Best Vintage Brut, Overall Winner: Boschendal Grande Cuvée Brut 2009 Best Brut Non-Vintage: Colmant Brut Best Rosé Non-Vintage: Graham Beck Brut Rosé Best Rosé Vintage: Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2009 Best Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage: Colmant Brut Chardonnay […]

September 17, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Boschendal Reserve Collection Shiraz 2011

Boschendal Reserve Collection Shiraz 2011 (R140 a bottle) was awarded gold and the South African Red Rhône Varietal under £15 Trophy at the recent Decent World Wine Awards and it’s obviously intended as a serious proposition. Grapes are from a vineyard in Faure planted in 1999 and bearing a relatively low yield of 4.5 tons […]

June 7, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Boschendal Cecil John Reserve Shiraz 2010

If you like your wine super-concentrated, then you’ll like Boschendal Cecil John Reserve Shiraz 2010. It’s at the pinnacle of this DGB-owned cellar’s range and costs R225 a bottle so it’s meant to make a statement. From a Stellenbosch vineyard, it was matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, 10% new. On the nose, […]

December 19, 2012
by Christian
with 3 Comments
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