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Diemersdal MM Louw Estate Red 2011

Smashing.

Top red from Durbanville? Not that surprising when you consider that supposedly the greatest red wines ever made in South Africa, the 1966 and 1968 vintages of GS Cabernet, originated from here. Yesterday the 2011 vintage of Diemersdal MM Louw … [Read more...]

Diemersdal MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Singular.

Yesterday over lunch with Diemersdal winemaker Thys Louw, the current release of his flagship white, the MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (R165 a bottle). The wine contains 7% Semillon and was fermented and matured for 10 months in 500-litre French oak … [Read more...]

Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Woo hoo.

Judging for this year’s Concours Mondial du Sauvignon took place at the end of April so surprising, to say the least, that any wine from vintage 2013 should feature.  This is, after all, a variety that is supposedly more prone to bottle shock than … [Read more...]

Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Bucolic.

Today the launch of the new  eatery in the old stables of Durbanville property winery Diemersdal – heading up the kitchen is Nic van Wyk, previously of Terroir and Kleine Zalze lodge. Welcome drink was the standard label Sauvignon Blanc, with … [Read more...]

Diemersdal Private Collection 2010 vs. Vrede en Lust Boet Erasmus 2009

The same but different.

Two serious takes on the Bordeaux style red blend side by side, the Private Collection 2010 (R100 a bottle) from Diemersdal in Durbanville and the Boet Erasmus 2009 (R150) from Vrede en Lust on the Paarl side of the Simonsberg. And lest the debate … [Read more...]

Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2012

The other extreme.

For some time I’ve advocated a shift from ultra-green Sauvignon Blanc, but it is possible for the pendulum to swing too far the other way. The Reserve 2012 from Durbanville property (R75 a bottle) is big and rich with plenty of thiol-derived tropical … [Read more...]