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Donovan Ackermann Wild Ferment Blanc Fumé 2015

What to make of wooded Sauvignon Blanc? By virtue of its time in oak, it typically doesn’t have quite the same purity and freshness...

First Sighting Shiraz 2013

Unlike previous vintages, the Shiraz 2013 under the First Sighting label (now redesigned by Fanakalo of Stellenbosch) as made by Elim producer Strandveld Vineyards...

Flying Cloud Blanc Fumé 2014

Donald Ackerman is an advocate who couldn’t resist trying his hand at making some wine on a garagiste scale. Opting to work with Elim...

RisCura White Hot Wine Awards 2015 results

Results of the third annual RisCura White Hot Wine Awards are now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 30 Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends...

First Sighting Shiraz 2012

I suppose it’s commendable when a competition panel rewards lightness over heaviness as seems to have been the case when the First Sighting Shiraz...

The Giant Periwinkle Kelp Forest Syrah 2013

Lawyer Pierre Rabie has a garagiste venture called The Giant Periwinkle sourcing fruit from various vineyards in Elim. He says he tries to keep...

Strandveld The Navigator 2012

Elim may be maritime but it’s still pretty close to the equator as winemaking regions go. It’s latitude is 34.6⁰ S compared to 45⁰...

Strandveld Syrah 2010

Would the Syrah 2010 from Elim producer have been an even better wine for less time in barrel? It spent 20 months in French...