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Saronsberg Viognier 2013

The red wines from Saronsberg in Tulbagh might be barnstormers but the Viognier is emerging as a very smart wine. 40% of the current-release 2013 was made using spontaneous fermentation and the wine was matured for 16 months in 500-litre French oak barrels for 16 months, 30% new. The wine shows citrus, pear and peach [...]

June 23, 2015
by Christian
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Saronsberg Full Circle 2004 – 2013

Yesterday a vertical tasting of Full Circle from Saronsberg in Tulbagh, the wine billed as the “most awarded Rhône-style red blend in the country”. This is a wine which is unashamedly about being big, rich, ripe and generous. I have to say while I’m all for wines not being too green, I found the line-up [...]

June 23, 2015
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Rijk’s Private Cellar Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2009

The Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2009 from Rijk’s in Tulbagh is flashy stuff. 40% of the wine was fermented in tank and the other 60% was fermented in a combination of new and used French and Hungarian oak, partly spontaneous fermentation and maturation lasting 11 months. You’ll find lemon, yellow peach and a pronounced but [...]

July 2, 2014
by Christian
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Interview: Paul Nicholls and Rebecca Tanner of Fable Mountain Vineyards

From the March issue of Business Day WANTED: Remotely located between Tulbagh and Wolsley and particularly beautiful, Fable Mountain Vineyards is owned by US company Terroir Selections, founded by Charles Banks who was the former owner of cult California winery Screaming Eagle. Paul Nicholls, aged 35, and Rebecca Tanner, 38, are the “winegrowers” here (not [...]

March 10, 2014
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David Aristargos 2012

David Sadie has opted for reduced responsibilities at Lemberg in Tulbagh and will be moving to the Swartland to concentrate more on the wines that he makes with his wife Nadia under boutique label “David”. A review of the current releases: Chenin Blanc 2012 Price: R150 11 months in 300-litre barrels, none new. Peach flavour [...]

June 5, 2013
by Christian
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Rijk’s Private Cellar Fascination 2006

Rijk’s in Tulbagh is increasingly dedicated to Chenin Blanc when it comes to whites and Pinotage and Shiraz when it comes to reds but quite a few other wines have featured in the range in the past. Last night, Rijk’s Fascination 2006, a blend of 58% Semillon and 42% Sauvignon Blanc, WO Coastal. It was [...]

February 6, 2013
by Christian
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Lemberg Pinotage 2010

Tulbagh cellar Lemberg was established in 1978 by Janey Muller, one of the first female winemakers of the modern era and celebrated for her independent approach – varieties of choice were Hárslevelü and Sauvignon Blanc and she favoured fermentation and maturation in barrel as opposed to tank. It’s been off the radar screen in recent [...]

October 10, 2011
by Christian
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