Simelia Merlot 2013

Celia Hoogenhout  is a local girl who married German-born Simon Obholzer in 2012 and together they decided to take over the farming the two small blocks of Syrah and Merlot on Celia’s parents’ farm Woestkloof in Wellington. Louis Nel, previously of Warwick and Hidden Valley, makes the wine on their behalf and the maiden vintage […]

October 27, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Collaboration Cinsaut 2011

This wine (approximate retail price R105) is a collaborative effort between and winemaker Louis Nel of Louis Wines and chefs Craig Cormack and Bertus Basson, and winemaker Louis Nel. Look out for the hidden suitcase on the label –  think Afrikaans and you’ll aprreciate the homage to the wine that has most famously featured Cinsaut […]

November 22, 2013
by Christian
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Betsie Says Cheers Chenin Blanc 2012

The challenge to rehabilitate Chenin Blanc remains on-going but what if we positioned it as the ultimate wors-rol wine? Betsie Says Cheers Chenin Blanc 2012 (R98 a bottle from Manuka in Somerset West) is a collaboration between chef Bertus Basson and Craig Cormack and winemaker Louis Nel. The Betsie as featured on the label is […]

March 19, 2013
by Christian
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Buckleberry Sauvignon Blanc 2012

The name “Buckleberry” is a corruption of Bucklebury, hometown of Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, apparently chosen to reflect the “exuberance and outgoing nature” of the wine. Not being a royalist, this completely passed me by but I did like the yellow label. Made by Louis Nel of Louis Wines, it costs R63 from Manuka […]

March 5, 2013
by Christian
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