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Strandveld The Navigator 2012

Land ahoy!

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 … [Read more...]

Strandveld Syrah 2010

Elim with a touch of France.

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 … [Read more...]

Strandveld Syrah 2008

Spice is nice.

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, … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]

First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Summer quaffing.

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 … [Read more...]

David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Semillon 2008

Surprise, surprise.

“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 … [Read more...]