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Top six wines of April 2016

Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: B Vintners Liberté Pinotage 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Arendsig Inspirational Batch 3 Chenin Blanc 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Mullineux White 2014 – 94 (read original review here) Porseleinberg 2014 – 94 (read original review here) Rall […]

May 1, 2016
by Christian
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Porseleinberg 2014

According to Porseleinberg viticulturalist and winemaker Callie Louw, the 2014 vintage was cooler and wetter (635mm of rain compared to an average of 450mm) than usual and the result is that the Syrah from this Swartland property is particularly statuesque. Fermented and matured entirely in large-format foudre, the wine has aromatics of red and black […]

April 4, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: A review of the Swartland Revolution 2015

This last weekend saw perhaps the best Swartland Revolution yet – but I suppose that’s excitedly claimed each year by at least a few attendees. For those who haven’t been paying attention for the past six years: the Swartland Revolution is a now world-famous gathering of some hundreds of people in the little Swartland town […]

November 9, 2015
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Porseleinberg 2013

Porseleinberg is Boekenhoutkloof’s Swartland project featuring Syrah and whereas I was one of the few not to go into eulogies about the brilliance of the 2012, I’m much more convinced by the 2013. My misgiving about the 2012 was the finish – for all that is good about the wine, every time I’ve encountered it […]

September 7, 2015
by Christian
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Rhône blends vs Syrah in SA

How do SA’s Rhône-inspired blends stack up next to straight Shiraz? To make the best wines we possibly can in South Africa, we have to blend. Only in continental climates can mono-varietals make for complete wines – take Pinot Noir in Burgundy Riesling in Germany. As soon as you’re in a warmer Mediterranean or maritime […]

May 18, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 5 Comments

Tim James: The Swartland Independent Wyn, Kos en Kultuur Skou 2015 reviewed

The Swartland Independent Producers were strutting their stuff in Riebeek-Kasteel last Saturday – and a great show it was. They drifted into Afrikaans and called it the “Wyn, kos en kultuur skou”. As to the elements in the name, apart from the almost universally excellent wine, the food seemed to be a monopoly of extremely […]

April 27, 2015
by Tim James
with 5 Comments

Tim James: Do consumers inevitably trade up?

It would probably be read as a confession if I say that, as a wine critic, I am neither a nationalist nor a patriot. My delight in the improving quality of Cape wine is partly a satisfaction in seeing advances anywhere, partly that this is a revolution I can enjoy close-up, partly that I now […]

April 14, 2015
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

Tim James: Grape variety of the year

I was wondering if I could find the energy, in the midst of late-year-in-Cape-Town torpor, to rustle up a list of my top local wines of the year… An alternative occurred to me: grape variety/style of the year. The answer to that is easy: shiraz/syrah. It’s not a revolution in wine-critical thought, of course, to […]

December 23, 2014
by Tim James
with 1 Comment
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