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Amatra Chenin Blanc 2013

Tracking upwards.

Big jump in quality from the maiden vintage 2012 to the 2013 of the Amatra Chenin Blanc as made by Catherine Marshall from Elgin grapes. Whereas the 2012 was ultimately a bit plain (see here) the 2013 shows the benefits of a winemaker getting to know … [Read more...]

Vrede en Lust Barrique 2012

Serious contender.

The Buys family acquired Vrede en Lust in the warm-climate Simonsberg-Paarl ward in 1996 and acknowledging that white wines of great finesse were going to be difficult if not impossible from here, bought Casey’s Ridge in cool-climate Elgin in … [Read more...]

Winters Drift Chardonnay 2012

A bruiser.

That Elgin's white wines tend to have the jump on its reds was again apparent when considering the Chardonnay 2012 next to the Shiraz 2012 from Winters Drift (both with an approximate retail price of R92 a bottle). Whereas the latter appears rather … [Read more...]

Kershaw Clonal Selection Elgin Chardonnay 2012

Precision engineered.

“I started my own brand in 2011 – five days before I passed my MW exams which was quite dandy,” says Richard Kershaw of Kershaw Wines. His mission statement? “To create clonally selected, site specific, cool climate wine paradigms from apposite noble … [Read more...]

Elgin White Wine Retrospective

On the money.

Sauvignon Blanc from Elgin has been rather overlooked relative to the Chardonnay from this district in recent times but yesterday during a tasting of 35 whites of various vintage, the 16 examples of Sauvignon proved compelling. That’s not to say the … [Read more...]

Boschendal Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Packs a punch.

Vineyard plantings in the district of Elgin stand at 850ha down from 1 000ha two or three years ago, according to Boschendal viticulturist Stephan Joubert. Why has this happened? Apples are fetching far more per hectare than wine grapes and farmers … [Read more...]