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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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Lanzerac Alma Mater White, Rosé and Red

Realising that packaging is part of branding, Lanzerac in Stellenbosch is rolling out a white and a red to join its entry-level rosé in its particular “tearshaped” bottle, the wines making up the “Alma Mater” collection – do you have to be a former Matie in order to drink it? Lanzerac Alma Mater White 2013 […]

October 12, 2013
by Christian
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KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – Darling vs. Stellenbosch

In the case of the 2012 vintage, KWV will be releasing two versions of Sauvignon Blanc under its top-end The Mentors label. Tasting them next to each other certainly makes terroir more relevant than usual and as to which one you prefer will depend on your affinity for pyrazine character. The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2012 […]

September 26, 2013
by Christian
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