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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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Strandveld Syrah 2008

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, proved good drinking. A blend of 95% Shiraz, 3% Viognier, 1.5% Grenache, 0.5% Mourvèdre, [...]

May 14, 2014
by Christian
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Strandveld Adamastor 2009 vs. Oak Valley Mountain Reserve 2009

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 rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2011, the latter rated 4½ Stars [...]

April 15, 2014
by Christian
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Interview: Conrad Vlok of Strandveld

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 Caribbean among other jaunts. He returned to winemaking in 1998 working first at Darling [...]

April 7, 2014
by Christian
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First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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 super-green but the First Sighting 2013 which includes 15% Semillon appears optimally ripe – [...]

November 25, 2013
by Christian
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