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New Cab clone planted at Ernie Els Wines

Men at work.

The Proprietor’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 was rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2014 and Louis Strydom, winemaker and managing director at this Helderberg winery, is backing Cab in a big way.  It makes up some 55% of the 45ha under vine here and yesterday … [Read more...]

Chamonix Pinot Noir Reserve 2011


Does local Pinot Noir benefit from a sympathy vote? Make a halfway decent wine from this perennially difficult grape and your ratings get bumped up disproportionately it very often seems to me. Last night the Pinot Noir Reserve 2011 from Chamonix, … [Read more...]

Eikendal Classique 2012

Classy Classique.

Lunch yesterday with Nico Grobler of Stellenbosch property Eikendal to have a look at the newly released 2012 vintage of his Bordeaux-style red blend called Classique (R205 a bottle). This is a wine gaining in reputation all the time with the 2009 … [Read more...]

Haskell Anvil Chardonnay 2012

Precision engineered.

Stellenbosch property Haskell Vineyards first drew attention when the 2007 vintage of its single-vineyard Shiraz called Pillars won a gold medal at the 2009 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show before going on to be rated 5 Stars in the 2010 edition of … [Read more...]

Kershaw Clonal Selection Elgin Syrah 2012

Bang on.

While the Clonal Selection Elgin Chardonnay 2012 from Richard Kershaw MW has been much celebrated including a rating of 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s, I have tended to find it a tiny bit overthought (see previous review here). The … [Read more...]

Steenberg Magna Carta 2011

An icon in the making.

The Steenberg Magna Carta 2011 is proving to be a real champion wine - first it was one of the top three wines with a rating of 5 Stars in the inaugural RisCura White Hot Wine Awards last year (see here) and more recently it was judged best in class … [Read more...]