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Oak Valley Riesling 2014

In 2011, a small Viognier vineyard planted in 2004 on Elgin property Oak Valley was grafted over to Riesling and the 2014 is the first release. It’s got an interesting analysis with alcohol by volume being 11.89%, residual sugar 16.4g/l, TA 7.2g/l and pH 2.97. Pretty aromatics of lime and apple blossom on the nose [...]

March 19, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Moderation required in the closure debate

The cork vs screwcap debate is in danger of becoming too polarised. During the recent Elgin White Wine Retrospective, a workshop convened by the Elgin Valley Wine Guild to analyse strengths and weaknesses of members’ current-release wines, there were two incidents which again illustrated that deciding on the most appropriate closure is no easy matter. [...]

November 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Franschhoek Vineyards Semillon 2013 vs Oak Valley Semillon 2013

I went through a phase not so long ago of being unenamoured with local single-variety Semillon as most examples were too weird but those working with it seem to be treating  it with real love and attention and there are currently some really interesting examples around. The Franschhoek Vineyards 2013 (R95 a bottle) was recently [...]

November 5, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Oak Valley Pinot Noir 2012

In a less than stellar showing at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, Pinot Noir collected no gold medals, a single silver (Paul Cluver 2012) and seven bronze, Véronique Drouhin-Boss, top Burgundian winemaker and international judge declaring that too many of the wines were “herbaceous and a bit bitter” going on to speculate that [...]

June 4, 2014
by Christian
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Strandveld Adamastor 2009 vs. Oak Valley Mountain Reserve 2009

As an aperitif last night, the Adamastor 2009 from Strandveld in Elim. With lunch today, The OV 2009 from Oak Valley in Elgin. The former a blend of 55% Semillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc, the latter 81% Sauvignon Blanc and 19% Semillon. The former rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011, the latter rated 4½ Stars [...]

April 15, 2014
by Christian
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Ataraxia Chardonnay 2007 vs. Oak Valley Chardonnay 2007

Ataraxia Chardonnay 2007 – mostly from Hemel-en-Aarde and Elgin vineyards, fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak, a third new, abv 13.5%. Rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2009. Oak Valley Chardonnay 2007 –  from Elgin Vineyards, fermented and matured for nine months in French oak, 40% new, 13% abv . Rated  4½ Stars. [...]

March 22, 2012
by Christian
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Oak Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2010 vs. Steenberg H.M.S. Rattlesnake Sauvignon Blanc 2010

While waiting for the Woolies free range chicken to cook on the Weber last night, two examples of Sauvignon Blanc presenting a stark contrast in styles. The Oak Valley 2010 (including 2% Semillon according to Platter’s 2012 and about 3% wild fermented in barrel) was lean to the point of angular. A shy nose before [...]

December 20, 2011
by Christian
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CE’s top 12 wines of 2011

Below are my dozen best wines for 2011. To appear on the list, they had to be from South Africa and in general circulation. Where I encountered them blind, I scored them well enough but they appear here in that they provided me with great drinking pleasure. Some are established benchmarks, others are relative newcomers [...]

December 5, 2011
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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