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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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Spioenkop 1900 Pinotage 2013

Spioenkop, tended by Belgian couple Koen and Hannelore Roose, is one of the newer Elgin properties – own vineyards established in 2008 and first bottlings (featuring bought-in fruit) in 2010. Roose brings a particular aesthetic to bear on his wines so that even when they are not entirely successful, they are still fascinating. All the [...]

November 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: On Belfield and Elgin’s potential for high-quality reds

When Paul Cluver Estate some years back ceased bottling their cabernet grapes under their own label – to concentrate on whites and pinot – I thought it a good idea. Red wines from Elgin (pinot apart) seemed largely expendable, despite occasional exceptions – with the rarity of the exceptions making the point. That’s not to [...]

October 20, 2014
by Tim James
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Thelema Sutherland Rhine Riesling 2009

At the end of 2013, there were a total of 168.36ha of Riesling planted in South Africa which put it just ahead of Gewurztraminer but behind Roobernet. There are local producers that hope to emulate the great wines of the Mosel in Germany but typically come up somewhat short. The Sutherland Rhine Riesling 2009 from [...]

October 4, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment
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