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Lanzerac Alma Mater White, Rosé and Red

Wyn vir die pyn.

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 … [Read more...]

KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – Darling vs. Stellenbosch

Compare and contrast.

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 … [Read more...]

Delheim Grand Reserve 2006


I’ve tended to be unimpressed with Stellenbosch reds from the 2006 vintage – most appearing slight and gawky but Grand Reserve 2006 from Delheim over the weekend proved to be lovely. A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Merlot, it was matured … [Read more...]

Muratie Ronnie Melck Shiraz 2009

In honour of the family patriarch.

Stellenbosch is supposedly “Cab country” but turn off the R44 heading towards Wellington onto Knorhoek Road and  it’s the Shiraz which really seems to shine. Carl van der Merwe used to make an outstanding version at Quoin Rock before his move to … [Read more...]

Saxenburg Private Collection Shiraz 2003

Class in a glass.

It’s the new-wave Swartland producers who are getting all the coverage when it comes to Shiraz, but it would be foolish to overlook established producers like Saxenburg in Stellenbosch in considering who our best practitioners are. Winemaker Nico van … [Read more...]

Villiera Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Proof that Stellies can still make decent Savvy.

A lot has happened in the local Sauvignon Blanc category since Jeff Grier of Stellenbosch winery Villiera won the title of Diners Club Winemaker of the Year back in 1997 for his Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc of the same year. Platter’s replaced Star … [Read more...]