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Babylonstoren Sprankel 2011

Sprankel from Babylonstoren in Paarl which won bronze at the recent Wine Label Design Awards also happens to be the best wine yet from this cellar. A Méthode Cap Classique from 100% Chardonnay, it spent four years on the lees and features zero dosage. Aromatics include green apple, lemon and a subtle yeasty note while […]

February 26, 2016
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Fairview Nurok 2013

The drawback of Viognier is that for all its heady aromas, it can tend to be flabby on the palate. The Nurok 2013 from Fairview in Paarl sees the most Viognier used of the three vintages to date – 47% compared to 43% in the case of 2012 and 32% in the maiden 2011 and […]

November 4, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Chateau Bellegrave 1999 vs. Glen Carlou Grand Classique 1999 vs. Veenwouden Classic 1999

Last night Pomerol versus Paarl and terroir, the notion that wine should taste of the place where the grapes grow, was less arcane than usual. Bellegrave is a fairly modest Pomerol producer (the 2009 would cost you about R300 on the open market) and is planted to mainly Merlot plus some Cabernet Franc. Boutique Paarl […]

December 20, 2012
by Christian
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