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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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Newton Johnson Elgin Pinot Noir 2009 vs Newton Johnson “D” Pinot Noir 2009

When the Elgin Pinot Noir 2009 from Newton Johnson was reviewed by Angela Lloyd for the 2011 edition of Platter’s, she rated it 4½ Stars while the Domaine Pinot Noir 2009 (from fruit grown on the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde property) was nominated for 5 Stars and subsequently endorsed. Revisiting them nearly five years on, they’re both […]

March 4, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Migliarina Chenin Blanc 2013

Sommelier-turned-winemaker Carsten Migliarina has had made wine under his own label since 2002 – total production still only a mere 400 cases so you don’t see his stuff often but it’s always been pretty neat. New to the range is a Chenin Blanc 2013 (approximate retail price: R110 a bottle).  Grapes come from Elgin and […]

February 4, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Cluver & Jack Cider

Not terribly impressed with Hunter’s Gold and Savanah, the mainstream products that masquerade as cider? “Estate Grown Apples”, “Not from concentrate”, “Hand-picked apples” and “No flavourants, colourants or dodgy stuff” are just some of the purchase cues on the bottle of Cluver & Jack Cider, the new offering fermented in the Paul Cluver winery in […]

December 1, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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