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Top six wines of August 2016

Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Sadie Family Wines The Old Vine Series Skurfberg 2015 – 97 (read original review here) David & Nadia Hoë-Steen Chenin Blanc 2015 – 96 (read original review here) Sadie Family Wines The Old Vine Series ‘T Voetpad 2015 – 96 (read original review […]

September 1, 2016
by Christian
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Stellenrust Old Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 2015

The Old Bush Vines Chenin Blanc from Stellenrust is the prototype of a new collection of special bottlings of the variety will soon be releasing. Grapes come from a block in Bottelary over 30 years old and apparently the only plantings in the area to receive morning sun. Planted on granite and at altitude, grapes […]

August 20, 2016
by Christian
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Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2015

I’ve written before about what great value the Stellenrust Chenin Blanc offers and the 2015 is no exception. Vineyards vary in age but none are younger than 30 years and some up to 42 years. Fermentation occurs spontaneously, 88% in tank and 12% in old oak, and maturation lasts five months. It’s immensely fun to […]

February 4, 2016
by Christian
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Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2015 winners

Results of the second annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, are now out. There were 145 entries in total and the winning wines are as follows: Aeternitas Wines 2010 Price: R120 Boutinot Tea Leaf 2014 Price: R74 DeMorgenzon Reserve 2014 Price: R210 […]

August 28, 2015
by Christian
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Stellenrust Douwe Steyn 2009

A chance visit to Stellenrust in Stellenbosch today provided the opportunity to taste the Douwe Steyn 2009, another extraordinary example of Cabernet Sauvignon from this district. Grapes come from bush vines planted in 1942 and the wine was matured for 24 months in French oak, 100% new. It’s wonderfully detailed with notes of red fruit, […]

August 20, 2015
by Christian
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Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013

Yesterday I presented a tasting for five novice wine enthusiasts. Three pairs of wines chosen to be as stylistically as far apart as possible: Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2014 vs Simonsig Chenin Avec Chêne 2010, Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013 and Knorhoek Pantére Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 vs Guardian Peak Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon […]

July 30, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: A gift of Cab-Cinsaut

Wine journalists obviously – or should – draw a line between gifts and necessary samples. A clear, strong line, but even if you accept that it’s there and should be, not always easy to discern, and perhaps too often blurred by the receiver. Or the sender: A few months back I was irritated to receive […]

July 6, 2015
by Tim James
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Stellenrust 49 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2013

The Stellenrust standard label Chenin Blanc 2014 placed among the winners of the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge last year but what of the Super Premium 49 Barrel Fermented 2013? The changing number on the label indicates vine age and the wine underwent spontaneous fermentation, this taking seven months to finish, the wine […]

April 24, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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