What I Drank Last Night
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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


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...]

New Wave Shiraz


As wine producers search for individuality and thereby something to give them the edge on the competition, new wine growing areas are being pioneered around the world like never before.  On Friday at Haskell Vineyards in Stellenbosch, a comparative … [Read more...]

First Sighting Shiraz 2008


Judging the Shiraz category at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show last week, I despaired at how many examples seemed overblown with big alcohols (14.5% and up) as well as significant residual sugar. Strandveld in Elim might be attracting attention for … [Read more...]