Stellenrust Old Bushvine Cinsaut 2015

Perhaps Cinsaut is no different from any other grape – some from very special sites (Badenhorst’s Ramnasgra ir Sadie’s Pofadder, for instance) will scale the heights of greatness, others will be be enjoyable, everyday drinking and still others will be a bit simple. Stellenrust Old Bushvine 2015 seems to fall in the middle category. From […]

March 23, 2017
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Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2016

Stellenrust in Stellenbosch does amazing things with Chenin Blanc, the standard label 2016 right up there with its more expensive cuvees. From vineyards none younger than 30 years and some over 40, the majority of the wine is tank fermented although a small portion sees older oak. The nose is wonderfully expressive with notes of […]

November 23, 2016
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Stellenrust 51 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015

The 51 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch cellar Stellenrust is delicious but bloody gigantic (price: R140 a bottle). On the nose, citrus, pear, peach and apricot plus a hint of reduction. The palate meanwhile is utterly luscious, possessing both depth and breadth before a long and gently savoury finish. It makes a huge impression […]

November 23, 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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