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Richard Kershaw Elgin Syrah 2013

There’s a song by American rock band Queens of the Stone Age called “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” and the same might equally apply to the Elgin Syrah 2013 from Richard Kershaw Wines. From five different parcels featuring three different clones, fermentation occurred spontaneously and maturation lasted 17 months in a combination of 228- […]

March 22, 2016
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Meerlust Pinot Noir 2015

While the 2016 edition of Platter’s has yet to review the 2014 vintage of Meerlust Pinot Noir let alone the 2015, last year’s wine is indeed commercially available – R241.45 a bottle from Liquor City Claremont – which does seem extraordinarily early. Needless to say, the wine currently appears extremely youthful. Red and black cherry […]

February 9, 2016
by Christian
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David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2014

The David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc 2014 was among the 20 finalists in last year’s FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition and rated 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s so clearly it’s good kit. From Elim grapes, vinfication involved six hours of skin contact and five months of lees contact. The nose […]

January 8, 2016
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Constantia Uitsig Semillon 2014

Recently departed from Constantia Uitsig after 16 years of service, viticulturist and winemaker André Rousseau certainly went out with a bang, both his white blend and Semillon from the 2014 vintage being rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2016. The white blend is not yet released, but the Semillon (R145 a bottle) is very fine indeed. […]

December 9, 2015
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Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014

Every vintage since the maiden 2008 of the flagship Pinot Noir (originally labelled as “Domaine”, later “Family Vineyards”) from Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley property Newton Johnson has rated 5 Stars in Platter’s. Would the difficult 2014 be the year to break this run? The answer, as we discovered with the launch of the 2016 edition of […]

November 30, 2015
by Christian
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Platter’s 2016

Major achievers in Platter’s 2016: Winery of the Year Mullineux & Leeux Family Wines White Wine of the Year Warwick The White Lady Chardonnay 2014 Red Wine of the Year Mullineux Iron Syrah 2013 Dessert Wine of the Year Mullineux Olerasay Straw Wine NV Wineries are assigned an individual taster – all wines which received […]

October 29, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: Looking at natural winemaking and “natural sweet” wines

Statistics can be most revealing, of course – but can need interrogating or supplementing if they are to lead one towards a correct understanding. Sometimes it starts the other way round, and statistics must be ransacked to find support for something already known (or suspected). That’s how the little investigative adventure I’m reporting on began […]

October 5, 2015
by Tim James
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Some thoughts on the 100-point quality scale

Is MR de Compostella 2013, the best wine overall in the recent RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards and retailing for R920 a bottle, under-scored at 92 on the 100-point quality? It may be but not by much. While day-to-day reviews on Winemag.co.za are conducted sighted, when it comes to sponsored category tastings, we do things […]

August 19, 2015
by Christian
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