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Joostenberg Fairhead 2014

The 2014 vintage of the white blend known as Fairhead from Paarl property Joostenberg is way out. A blend of 50% Chenin Blanc, 25% Roussanne and 25% Viognier, it underwent spontaneous fermentation and maturation for 15 months in old oak and is more overtly oxidative than usual. The nose shows a top note of dried […]

February 18, 2016
by Christian
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South Africa’s 10 most underrated wine producers

Why do some wineries attract all the hype and others go largely overlooked despite turning out of cracking wine? Here’s a list of 10 producers bubbling under, either established properties enjoying a resurgence after being off form or new operations set for the big time. Arendsig Lourens van der Westhuizen is working hard to demonstrate […]

January 14, 2016
by Christian
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Joostenberg Small Batch Collection Spaanse Spek 2011

Tyrell Myburgh of Joostenberg in Paarl has an on-going programme of research and development, the resulting wines bottled under the Small Batch Collection label and Spaanse Spek 2011 is another thought-provoking iteration. The idea was to see what effect extended barrel maturation would have on his regular white blend known as Fairhead. The wine which […]

December 4, 2015
by Christian
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Joostenberg Small Batch Collection Touriga Nacional 2014

Joostenberg winemaker Tyrell Myburgh is making some fascinating stuff under the Small Batch Collection label, developed so as to allow the winemaking team to “explore various techniques, grape varieties and vineyards”. This is the second release of Touriga Nacional, grapes coming from a very small dryland vineyard (600 vines) planted in 2000. Spontanteously fermented in […]

December 3, 2015
by Christian
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Joostenberg Syrah 2012 vs Joostenberg Klippe Kou Syrah 2013

Tyrrel Myburgh, winemaker at Paarl winery Joostenberg, seemed mildly surprised when I professed to like his 2013 Syrah (which now bears the moniker “Klippe Kou” on account of how rocky the vineyard) more than the 2012. Both feature about 30% whole bunch fermentation and both have an alcohol by volume of 14% so not much […]

September 1, 2015
by Christian
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Joostenberg Small Batch Collection Roussanne 2014

A visit to Joostenberg Deli and Bistro is now recommended not only for the food but also because it will allow you to get your hands on some Small Batch Collection wines that the associated cellar has started to make. Tasting notes and scores for two in this series as follows: Joostenberg Kaalgat Steen 2014 […]

June 15, 2015
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Joostenberg Fairhead 2011

The blend called Fairhead might be the flagship white from Paarl property Joostenberg but it is the antithesis of a “statement wine” and the 2011 (R100 a bottle) shows particular refinement. Consisting of 67% Chenin Blanc, 23% Viognier and 10% Roussanne, it underwent spontaneous fermentation in old oak before maturation lasting 10 months. There’s a […]

January 12, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Joostenberg Shiraz Viognier 2005

Yesterday lunch in with Tyrrel and Anette Myburgh of Joostenberg in the 1756 manor house (see pics here) and I was reminded once again how much I enjoy these generally unflashy and food-friendly wines. A particular stand-out was the Shiraz Viognier 2005, supposedly a 93:7 blend but Tyrrel let on that this would have been […]

August 4, 2014
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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