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 of unwooded Sauvignon Blanc nor does it have the extra complexity of a Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend. Done well, however, it does gain extra dimension compared to unwooded Sauvignon and in the […]

May 11, 2016
by Christian
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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 doesn’t contain any Viognier and is the better for it. Matured for 12 months in 300-litre, mostly second- and third-fill, barrels, the wine shows red and black fruit, and really intense […]

January 27, 2016
by Christian
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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 Sauvignon Blanc, he describes his 2013 as a “miserable failure” but undaunted, tried again in 2014 with the help of local winery Strandveld. The wine was matured in a single new […]

December 3, 2015
by Christian
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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 from 21 South African producers, either currently available or soon to be released, and then undertaking a blind tasting. The 2011 vintage from renowned Pessac-Léognan producer Domaine de Chevalier was included […]

September 2, 2015
by Christian
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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 2012 from Elim property Strandveld emerged as one of the top 12 out of 202 entries at the recent Shiraz SA Challenge but really this is a very modest wine. The […]

June 22, 2015
by Christian
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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 his wine as natural as possible (no acid additions, only older oak) and refers to himself as a “wine facilitator” not a “wine maker”. Tasting notes and scores for some of […]

March 19, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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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 N for Hermitage, and  this being the case, perhaps blends are more likely to provide complexity than single-variety wines. I’ve always liked the Syrah from Elim producer Strandveld well enough but […]

September 9, 2014
by Christian
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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 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 like. Including 8% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre and […]

June 14, 2014
by Christian
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