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Coup d’Etat Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Winemaker Pieter de Waal of Hermit on the Hill and Mount Abora wears the fact that Coup d’Etat 2014 was rejected by the Wine and Spirit Board for “turbidity and oxidation” as a badge of honour. From the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in the country (planted in 1965 on the property that is now home [...]

August 7, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: Do consumers inevitably trade up?

It would probably be read as a confession if I say that, as a wine critic, I am neither a nationalist nor a patriot. My delight in the improving quality of Cape wine is partly a satisfaction in seeing advances anywhere, partly that this is a revolution I can enjoy close-up, partly that I now [...]

April 14, 2015
by Tim James
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Mount Abora Koggelbos Chenin Blanc 2012

The Mount Abora Chenin Blanc 2011 was among my “Top 12 Wines of the Year” in 2012 – idiosyncratic but wonderfully so. This Swartland label with vinfication by Johan Meyer and brand custodianship by marverick wine marketer Krige Visser has now “conglomerated” with the garagiste Hermit on the Hill label of Pieter de Waal and [...]

April 7, 2014
by Christian
with 2 Comments

CE’s top 12 wines of 2012

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2012. Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011 Price: R150 This is a label which has been around for a while but under the careful stewardship of winemaker Sebastian Beaumont just seems to get more refined and sophisticated. Colmant Brut Chardonnay Price: R168 Monday 30 January was the [...]

December 3, 2012
by Christian
with 10 Comments

Mount Abora Koggelbos Chenin Blanc 2011

Dual literary references when it comes to Koggelbos Chenin Blanc 2011 under the Mount Abora label out of the Meerhof cellar in the Swartland, the name of the wine “Koggelbos” recalling a poem by Afrikaans writer D.J. Opperman, the label “Mount Abora” referring to the imaginary peak in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 19th century poem Kubla [...]

November 23, 2012
by Christian
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Antebellum Chenin Blanc 2012

Right, pay attention now. The Meerhof cellar just outside Riebeek-Kasteel   is where Meerhof, Mount Abora and Mount wines get made. Meerhof is owned by Cobus Kotze, Mount Abora by Herman Redelinghuys while Antebellum is a joint venture. The nonconformist Krige Visser, previously of Avondale and La Vierge, oversees marketing while Johan Meyer attends to viticulture [...]

November 22, 2012
by Christian
with 4 Comments
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