From dryland vineyards in Darling, the Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2015 under the Fleur du Cap label is old-school. Cut grass, fresh herbs, lime and grapefruit on the nose while the palate is rich and thick-textured with coated acidity. Forceful but not particularly charming. R106 a bottle. #WinemagRating: 86/100.
“It’s one thing to make 4 000 litres of high quality wine and another altogether to make 40 000 litres,’ observed Spier cellarmaster Frans Smit before a tasting of top-end Chenin Blanc and Pinotage as made by South Africa’s big wine companies, these being Bellingham The Bernard Series from DGB, Fleur du Cap Unfiltered from […]
From the December issue of Business Day WANTED: Wim Truter, 34, recently became overall cellarmaster at Die Bergkelder, home to the Fleur du Cap brand after heading up the red winemaking team since 2013. After completely his studies for a BSc Agriculture at the University of Stellenbosch, he worked around the world before joining producer-wholesaler […]
Though the gap between South Africa’s top-end white and red wines may be diminishing, it’s still there as evidenced by two new releases under the Fleur du Cap Unfiltered label from producer-wholesaler Distell. Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chenin Blanc 2014 Vinotèque price: R115 50% of the grapes from 30-year-old vineyard in Paarl, fermented and matured […]
With the Cape weather not yet mild enough to make Sauvignon Blanc an enticing proposition, I thought I’d opt something rich and textural like a wooded Semillon with a bit of age on it. A 2010 from a leading Constantia producer under cork unfortunately showed premature oxidation and I therefore took no further chances and […]
Results of the inaugural RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends as made in South Africa are now out. 85 entries from 64 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of site) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Wines to rate 90 points or […]
There were a few eyebrows raised when the R79-a-bottle Fleur du Cap Shiraz 2013 won not only best in class but also best red wine overall at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, emerging ahead of some pretty big names. So what’s the deal? Grapes were sourced predominantly from Cape Agulhas; maturation lasted 12 […]
I sometimes despair at how lacklustre the wines of our major producer-wholesaler Distell are but there’s nothing wrong with the Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (approximate retail price: R100 a bottle). Indeed, it’s as fine an example of reductively made, clean and fresh Savvy you could hope to find. From a combination of […]