What I Drank Last Night
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Strandveld Syrah 2010

Elim with a touch of France.

Would the Syrah 2010 from Elim producer have been an even better wine for less time in barrel? It spent 20 months in French oak, 40% new and there’s a definite smokiness on the nose plus a slight astringency on the palate. Apart from that, a lot to … [Read more...]

Strandveld Syrah 2008

Spice is nice.

A lot gets written about Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvigon Blanc-driven blends from Elim on account of the particular pyrazine character they present, but less so about the reds from this ward. Last night a Syrah 2008 from Strandveld, an Elim pioneer, … [Read more...]

Strandveld Adamastor 2009 vs. Oak Valley Mountain Reserve 2009

Pair with spaghetti vongole.

As an aperitif last night, the Adamastor 2009 from Strandveld in Elim. With lunch today, The OV 2009 from Oak Valley in Elgin. The former a blend of 55% Semillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc, the latter 81% Sauvignon Blanc and 19% Semillon. The former … [Read more...]

Interview: Conrad Vlok of Strandveld

Strandveld's Conrad Vlok.

From the April issue of Business Day WANTED: Conrad Vlok, now 47, graduated from Elzenburg agricultural college with a diploma in cellar technology in 1989, but promptly set off to see the world hanging out in northern Mozambique and sailing the … [Read more...]

First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Summer quaffing.

Though the back label of the First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (R64 a bottle) from Elim cellar Strandveld promises green pepper and asparagus, these are thankfully not too much in evidence. Sauvignon from this part of the world can present as … [Read more...]

First Sighting Shiraz 2011

Underdone.

One of the more memorable soundbites from international judge Oz Clarke during the feedback session after this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show was “Elim has the last vineyards in Africa before the Antarctic and the resulting wines must surely be … [Read more...]