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Spice Route Terra de Bron Darling Syrah 2012

Convinced that the Swartland was under-utilised, Charles Back acquired property here in the late 1990s – Klein Amoskuil outside Malmesbury where he intended to focus on Rhône varieties as well as vineyards in Darling Hills which was to be primarily a source of Sauvignon Blanc. Darling became a district in its own right in 2003 [...]

September 4, 2014
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KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – Darling vs. Stellenbosch

In the case of the 2012 vintage, KWV will be releasing two versions of Sauvignon Blanc under its top-end The Mentors label. Tasting them next to each other certainly makes terroir more relevant than usual and as to which one you prefer will depend on your affinity for pyrazine character. The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2012 [...]

September 26, 2013
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Alexanderfontein Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Alexanderfontein is the entry-level label of Darling producer Ormonde Private Cellar. Approximately 300ha under vineyard and a lot of that is Sauvignon Blanc, the  the Alexanderfontein version established as the quintessential South African expression of the variety in recent times – clean, fresh and cheap. The 2012 is R40 a bottle and shows lime and [...]

November 14, 2012
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Groote Post Shiraz 2008

Darling property Groote Poste enjoys a cool-climate location not far from the Atlantic Ocean and hence tends to make such excellent Sauvignon Blanc but does this also explain why the Shiraz 2008 was so ordinary? The wine showed stalky, green flavours in addition to sour plum and had a somewhat briny after-taste. According to technical [...]

April 27, 2011
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Topical pic: Stranveld’s Conrad and Suzan Vlok celebrate success

Pictured alongside are Conrad and Suzan Vlok of Elim property Strandveld, who have  two wines in Wine magazine’s 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, namely First Sighting 2009 (from multiple vineyards and including 9% Semillon) and Strandveld 2010 (single vineyard). Neil Pendock got it nearly right when he wrote in his blog prior to the announcement of the [...]

October 21, 2010
by Christian
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2010 Wine magazine Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 results

Results of the fourth annual Wine magazine Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 were announced today. These were as follows (performance at Veritas in brackets for interest’s sake): FIVE STARS Anura Unfiltered Reserve 2010 (Double Gold, Veritas 2010) FOUR AND A HALF STARS Cederberg 2010 (Silver, Veritas 2010) De Grendel Koetshuis 2010 (Double Gold, Veritas 2010) First [...]

October 20, 2010
by Christian
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