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Spice Route Terra de Bron Darling Syrah 2012

Rocking the daisies.

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 … [Read more...]

KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – Darling vs. Stellenbosch

Compare and contrast.

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 … [Read more...]

Alexanderfontein Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Palate freshner.

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 … [Read more...]

Groote Post Shiraz 2008

The Green Meanie.

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 … [Read more...]

Topical pic: Stranveld’s Conrad and Suzan Vlok celebrate success

Top stuff.

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]