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Botanica Mary Delany Collection Chenin Blanc 2013

Will Skurfberg and Chenin Blanc become to us what Montrachet and Chardonnay is to Burgundy? Ginny Povall of Botanica Wines is one of those producers that sources grapes from this site near Clanwilliam and her resulting wine is a category benchmark. The current-release 2013 (Wine Cellar price: R185 a bottle) is very good but probably [...]

January 28, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: On American investment in the South African wine industry

The release of the excellent new Capensis Chardonnay, and concomitant talk about the purchase of a Stellenbosch wine farm by the US company Jackson Family Wines, prompted thoughts of the extent of the American investment in Cape wine since 1994. The influx of star-spangled dollars – and star-spangled wine-people – has been greater than is [...]

January 26, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Botanica Chenin Blanc 2012

That a 5-Star rating in Platter’s only counts for so much is demonstrated by the fact that the Botanica Chenin Blanc 2012 which earned the guide’s ultimate rating in the 2014 edition is still available in retail – R185 a bottle at the Old Cape Wine Shop in Kommetjie. It’s stupendously good. Lime, white peach [...]

January 5, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: On the magic mountain that is Skurfberg

There are many wine-growing mountains in the Cape winelands, with the best-known names from Stellenbosch: Helderberg, Simonsberg and, perhaps, Schapenberg. All have something distinctive to say, unless muted by overripe fruit and heavy-handed winemaking, although the language of our landscapes is one that we are continually learning to better comprehend. As for other mountains, the [...]

November 17, 2014
by Tim James
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Alexanderfontein Chip Off the Old Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Last night,  a party to celebrate my mum Anthea’s 70th birthday. For those who are curious, the wines were as follows: Laurent-Perrier Brut N/V Alexanderfontein Chip Off the Old Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (among the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Awards Top 10 2013 winners) Botanica Chenin Blanc 2011 (5 Stars in Platter’s 2013) Kloof Street Swartland [...]

October 20, 2013
by Christian
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Botanica Pinot Noir 2010

Botanica’s Ginny Povall makes a knock-out Chenin Blanc so what particular sensibility might she bring to Pinot Noir? Her 2010 (R149 a bottle from Vino Pronto in Gardens) is from approximately 25-year-old Elgin vineyards and was matured for nine months in French oak, 65% new. It’s really appealing – cherry, wild strawberry and red rose [...]

April 3, 2013
by Christian
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Botanica Chenin Blanc 2009

One of only two examples of Chenin Blanc out of 58 wines  to be rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011, Botanica 2009 is worth seeking out (the other being StellenRust ‘45’ Barrel Fermented 2009). What is striking about this wine is just how subtle and understated it is: there’s stone fruit on nose and palate, [...]

February 3, 2011
by Christian
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