Richard Kershaw Elgin Syrah 2013

There’s a song by American rock band Queens of the Stone Age called “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” and the same might equally apply to the Elgin Syrah 2013 from Richard Kershaw Wines. From five different parcels featuring three different clones, fermentation occurred spontaneously and maturation lasted 17 months in a combination of 228- […]

March 22, 2016
by Christian
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JH Meyer Cradock Peak Pinot Noir 2014

Johan “Stompie” Meyer has come up with three versions of Pinot Noir, and by presenting them for sale side by side, will no doubt have fans of the variety in a giddy state of excitement. Same clone, same level of ripeness, same vinification, three different sites: the wine called Palmiet from Elgin, Elands Rivier from […]

March 14, 2016
by Christian
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Radford Dale AD Pinot Noir 2013

The Pinot Noir designated as “AD” in the Radford Dale range is only made in the best vintages and is intended to have long maturation potential. From Elgin grapes, it’s a one-barrel cuvée exclusive to retailer Wine Cellar. The nose shows a not unpleasant note of reduction before red cherry, wild strawberry and even a […]

February 29, 2016
by Christian
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Shannon Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2015 from Shannon Vineyards in Elgin was among the 20 finalists in the recent FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition but was ultimately not a winner. Let that not deter you – it’s an absolute cracker. Made by Gordon and Nadia Newton Johnson, the wine includes 8% Semillon, spontaneously fermented […]

November 6, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: A visit to Spioenkop

Koen Roose led me to a hilltop on his Spioenkop estate in Elgin. All around the vines were thrusting forth little fistfuls of bright green into the spring sunshine, but the wind was gusting mightily – Koen says it seldom ceases here, just changes direction occasionally to bring rain, instead of cool air from the […]

September 28, 2015
by Tim James
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Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2008

How good can single-variety Sauvignon Blanc possibly be? Yesterday Tokara’s Miles Mossop presented his newly released Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and you certainly had to admire it for its purity and focus but wouldn’t necessarily call it complex. On the nose, a pleasant dustiness before notes of pear, lime and grapefruit. Concentrated fruit, […]

September 4, 2015
by Christian
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Shannon Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir 2013

Not for nothing is Pinot Noir known as the heartbreak grape. If the Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir from Shannon Vineyards in Elgin was overdone (too much heavy toast oak) four or five vintages ago, the team (James Downes in the vineyard and Gordon and Nadia Newton Johnson in the cellar) seem to have gone too […]

May 15, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Sutherland Viognier Roussanne 2012

Do we really have any idea what’s going to work best where when it comes to South African wine? First Sauvignon Blanc and then Chardonnay were tipped as most likely to be Elgin’s strongest white grape offering but the Viognier Roussanne from Thelema’s vineyards in this district suggests that in the years, decades and centuries […]

April 7, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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