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The Blacksmith Vin Noir 2014

Tremayne Smith, assistant winemaker at Mullineux & Leeu, also makes wine under his own label called The Blacksmith. Tasting notes and scores for current releases as follows: The Blacksmith Vin Blanc 2014 Wine Cellar price: R120 From Swartland Chenin Blanc, this wine underwent spontaneous fermentation and has an abv of just 11.5%. A hint of [...]

July 14, 2015
by Christian
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Leeuwenkuil Family Reserve White 2012

According to Platter’s 2015, Swartland winery Leeuwenkuil draws on 4 550 ha of vineyard which produce some 36 500 tons of grapes a year, resulting in some 27 million litres of wine. Evidently some economies of scale as the Family Reserve White 2012 is knock-out. It’s a blend of 50% Chenin Blanc, 13% Roussanne, 13% [...]

June 5, 2015
by Christian
with 9 Comments

Intellego Kolbroek 2013

By all accounts, 2013 was a much more favourable vintage than 2012 in the Swartland and it shows particularly in the case of the single-vineyard Syrah called Kolbroek that Jurgen Gouws makes under his Intellego label. On the nose, red and black fruit, spice and a little Swartland earthiness. Good concentration, bright acidity and firm [...]

March 10, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment

A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2012

While the 2011 vintage of Badenhorst Family Wines Red is a wine which gives pleasure from the get-go, the 2012 appears more demanding of some bottle maturation (Wine Cellar price: R265 a bottle). A blend of 75% Shiraz, 12% Cinsaut, 7% Tinta Barocca, 3% Grenache and 3% Mourvèdre, the wine underwent spontaneous fermentation in closed [...]

February 4, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2011

Whole-bunch fermentation. Done to add freshness but too often resulting in wines which are green. I think Adi Badenhorst however has absolutely nailed it with his Family Wines Red 2011, the wine having a real liveliness about it without the tannins being too firm. A blend of 71% Shiraz, 15% Cinsaut, 7% Tinta Barocca, 4% [...]

November 13, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Spice Route Terra de Bron Darling Syrah 2012

Convinced that the Swartland was under-utilised, Charles Back acquired property here in the late 1990s – Klein Amoskuil outside Malmesbury where he intended to focus on Rhône varieties as well as vineyards in Darling Hills which was to be primarily a source of Sauvignon Blanc. Darling became a district in its own right in 2003 [...]

September 4, 2014
by Christian
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Niepoort Coche 2011

When visiting Portugal earlier in the year courtesy of Amorim Cork, I was impressed with the quality of the Douro white blends. They reminded me in broad terms of some our top-end Chenin-based blends and together with Amorim’s managing director in South Africa Joaquim Sa we cooked up the idea of a comparative tasting. The [...]

August 26, 2014
by Christian
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Kloof Street Swartland Rouge 2012

I’ve been a big fan of Kloof Street Swartland Rouge from Mullineux Family Wines for some time but I’m inclined to think that the current-release 2012 (R97.50 a bottle from Vino Pronto in Gardens) is a notch down on previous vintages. Whereas the 2011 was a blend of 72% Syrah,13% Mourvèdre, 11% Cinsault and 4% [...]

March 19, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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