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Tim James: The effect of the drought in the Swartland

“It’s been a battle!” says Eben Sadie, just a third of the way through his 2016 harvest. In his voice is the hyping up, the adrenalin flow that harvest – and battle – brings, but also weariness. In 18 years working in the Swartland, he says, he’s never seen conditions like this, with implacable drought […]

January 25, 2016
by Tim James
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Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve 2014

The Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve 2014 from Delaire Graff is a slow burner. From unirrigated bush vines 30 to 40 years in age, it was matured in a combination of 2 500-litre foudre and 400 litre barrels for 10 months. The nose initially appears very closed but with time in glass, notes of citrus and […]

January 11, 2016
by Christian
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Trizanne Signature Wines Syrah Grenache 2014

Everybody loves a bargain and the quality to price ratio doesn’t get much better than that offered by the Syrah Grenache 2014 as made by Trizanne Barnard under her Trizanne Signature Wines label with an approximate retail price of R100 a bottle. Wine of Origin Swartland, it’s a blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Grenache. […]

October 20, 2015
by Christian
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How well do SA’s white wines mature?

“Why are top-end red wines so much more expensive than white wines when they essentially cost the same to produce?” was the question posed by acclaimed Swartland winemaker Eben Sadie before yesterday’s tasting of seven local whites 10 years or older convened by South African Sommelier Association. “We’re all inclined both to spend more on […]

October 16, 2015
by Christian
with 3 Comments

David & Nadia Sadie Old Bush Vines Authentic Series

Swartland husband and wife team David and Nadia Sadie have added three limited-edition, ultra-premium wines to their portfolio. Tasting notes and ratings as follows: Perdekamp Semillon 2014 Price: R450 From a decomposed granite vineyard between 40 and 45 years old on Paardebosch were the Sadies are now based. Skin contact for six days; spontaneous ferment […]

September 13, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Porseleinberg 2013

Porseleinberg is Boekenhoutkloof’s Swartland project featuring Syrah and whereas I was one of the few not to go into eulogies about the brilliance of the 2012, I’m much more convinced by the 2013. My misgiving about the 2012 was the finish – for all that is good about the wine, every time I’ve encountered it […]

September 7, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Hogan Chenin Blanc 2014

Hogan Wines sees Jocelyn Hogan Wilson, previously of La Bri in Franschhoek, return to winemaking after a break to start a family. She now buys grapes from around the Cape and makes the wine in rented cellar space. The maiden vintage Chenin Blanc 2014 comes from 38-year-old Swartland vineyard and as for vinification, fermentation occurred […]

September 7, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

The Old Vine Series Skerpioen 2014

Palomino, according to JancisRobinson.com, “can withstand drought well and produces a reliable crop of slightly low acid, low sugar grapes whose wine may oxidise easily – in short, perfect raw material for sherry”. It was once widely planted in South Africa but most of the wine is used for distilling or basic blends. Part of […]

September 2, 2015
by Christian
with 3 Comments
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