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The Berrio The Weathergirl 2009

There’s an aphorism which holds that “The older you get, the more like yourself you become” and this applies all too aptly to The Weathergirl 2009 from Elim, a 2:1 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, which was nominated for 5 Stars in the 2011 edition of Platter’s but ultimately not endorsed. It’s a super-particular [...]

January 6, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Trizanne Signature Wines Syrah Reserve Syrah 2013

The hallmark of Trizanne Barnard’s wines seems to be her utter respect for fruit – what she makes is hardly mainstream but it isn’t wilfully alternative, either. Released this week is the Syrah Reserve Syrah 2013 – grapes from Elim, destemmed but not crushed, matured for 14 months in old French oak. The nose is [...]

October 16, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Strandveld The Navigator 2012

Elim may be maritime but it’s still pretty close to the equator as winemaking regions go. It’s latitude is 34.6⁰ S compared to 45⁰ N for Hermitage, and  this being the case, perhaps blends are more likely to provide complexity than single-variety wines. I’ve always liked the Syrah from Elim producer Strandveld well enough but [...]

September 9, 2014
by Christian
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Strandveld Syrah 2010

Would the Syrah 2010 from Elim producer have been an even better wine for less time in barrel? It spent 20 months in French oak, 40% new and there’s a definite smokiness on the nose plus a slight astringency on the palate. Apart from that, a lot to like. Including 8% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre and [...]

June 14, 2014
by Christian
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Strandveld Syrah 2008

A lot gets written about Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvigon Blanc-driven blends from Elim on account of the particular pyrazine character they present, but less so about the reds from this ward. Last night a Syrah 2008 from Strandveld, an Elim pioneer, proved good drinking. A blend of 95% Shiraz, 3% Viognier, 1.5% Grenache, 0.5% Mourvèdre, [...]

May 14, 2014
by Christian
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Flagstone Treaty Tree Reserve 2011

In South Africa recently to chair the fourth annual fourth annual Top 100 SA Wine competition, Tim Atkin MW declared himself “slightly underwhelmed” with the Sauvignon Blanc that he encountered. “It seems producers aren’t sure of what style to make. Sauvignon Blanc shouldn’t have the same texture as Chardonnay. I don’t mind a bit of [...]

April 1, 2014
by Christian
with 5 Comments

First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Though the back label of the First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (R64 a bottle) from Elim cellar Strandveld promises green pepper and asparagus, these are thankfully not too much in evidence. Sauvignon from this part of the world can present as super-green but the First Sighting 2013 which includes 15% Semillon appears optimally ripe – [...]

November 25, 2013
by Christian
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David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon 2008

“I know that I know nothing” goes the Socratic Paradox and nothing confirms that better than a life spent critiquing wine. No sooner had I professed that Semillon presents better when blended with Sauvignon Blanc (see here), then I encountered a really captivating single-variety example. The wine in question? The 2008 under the David Nieuwoudt [...]

January 11, 2013
by Christian
with 4 Comments
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