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Bosman Family Vineyards Optenhorst Chenin Blanc 2011

Emphatic.

Over the weekend, two wines from Wellington producer Bosman Family Vineyards designated as “Special Vineyard Selection”, meaning that they were made from grapes harvested from older vineyards which over decades have proved to produce superior … [Read more...]

Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2012

Collector's item.

The 2012 vintage of Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage (always from one particular block planted in 1953) is the most compelling to date and seems to show the greatest differentiation from the “standard” bottling of the same year. Abrie Beeslaar, … [Read more...]

KWV The Mentors Pinotage 2011

Bit of a bruiser.

The Mentors Pinotage 2011 from KWV (R195 a bottle) won the trophy for best “major red varietal” at the recent Six Nations Wine Challenge as well as double gold at this year’s Veritas Awards. Two major achievements so I was curious to see if it … [Read more...]

KWV Abraham Perold Tributum 2011

Serious with a capital "S".

Results of the third annual Perold Absa Cape Blend Competition were announced recently and KWV’s ultra-premium Abraham Perold Tributum 2011 (R600 a bottle) was among the five winners, repeating the feat of the 2010 last year. There were 45 wines … [Read more...]

Kaapzicht Steytler Pinotage 2006

Playing rough.

Steytler Pinotage 2006 from Kaapzicht in Stellenbosch won the international trophy for best single varietal red above £10 at the Decanter World Wine Awards in 2009 which always makes me chuckle because not many UK wine buffs openly promote the merits … [Read more...]

Lanzerac Pinotage 1968

A beaut.

Another stand-out wine from the “Old Wines Tasting” held before Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show was the Lanzerac Pinotage 1968. Red and black cherry plus some some forest floor character on the nose and palate – fully mature but still very much alive. … [Read more...]