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The Fledge & Co. Experimental Barrel Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Three wines from Leon Coetzee-Margaux Nel initiative The Fledge & Co. going by the collective name of Jikken bareru (Japanese for “Experimental barrel”) and billed as “a little off-centre and a way of enabling us to experiment more”. Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Not yet released. W.O. Outeniqua. Partial skin contact, spontaneous fermentation, matured in a 300-lite […]

March 15, 2016
by Christian
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Oldenburg Bush Vine Grenache Noir 2014

  There’s not a lot of Grenache Noir planted in South Africa – 305ha at the end of 2014 – but it’s dead fashionable and anybody who’s got it is going to be tempted to try his hand at a single-variety version. Witness Oldenburg in Stellenbosch who have released a 2014 from bush vines planted […]

March 12, 2016
by Christian
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Zonnebloem Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 vs 2011

Stellenbosch has finally woken up to the fact that having a signature variety is no bad thing when it comes to putting across a compelling marketing message and is now billing itself as the “Kingdom of Cabernet”, the launch of the campaign marked by tasting featuring 20 prominent examples during Cape Wine in September. Zonnebloem […]

October 14, 2015
by Christian
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Muratie Laurens Campher 2014

The white blend that is Laurens Campher from Stellenbosch property seems to get more serious with each passing vintage. The 2014 is a blend of 46% Chenin Blanc, 27% Sauvignon Blanc, 19% Verdelho and 8% Viognier and it was matured for eight months in 500-litre French oak barrels, 40% new. The wine shows lemon and […]

July 13, 2015
by Christian
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Saxenburg Shiraz Select 2003

The Shiraz Select 2003 from Stellenbosch property Saxenburg was rated 5 Stars in the 2007 edition of Platter’s and it remains a pretty smart bottle of wine. Matured for 24 months in all new oak, equal parts French and American, it contains small percentages of Cab and Merlot. The wine currently shows red and black […]

July 11, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: The Joys of Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc

With fashionable Swartland basing its white wine reputation on its treasure-house of old chenin and getting a lot of deserved attention for its varietal wines and blends, it’s perhaps not always remembered just how brilliant many Stellenbosch chenins are. Even that great Swartland champion, Eben Sadie, takes his priciest white wine, Mev Kirsten, off an […]

April 6, 2015
by Tim James
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Vriesenhof Pinot Noir 2013

Can Stellenbosch make great Pinot Noir? What became clear at a workshop held yesteday featuring various incarnations of Pinot from Vriesenhof is that it’s probably a life’s work. Jan “Boland” Coetzee started his winemaking career at Kanonkop in 1967 and it was here that he started his dalliance with the variety. Vriesenhof was acquired in […]

November 6, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: Specialisation by appellation

It’s one of the signs of the maturing Cape wine revolution that winegrowing areas are tending to associations with particular varieties. It’s pretty safe to say, though, that (in common with other New World countries) South Africa will never make such associations part of law as it is in much of Europe – where the […]

September 29, 2014
by Tim James
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