Vergelegen The Gauntlet Cabernet Sauvignon Cinsaut 2014

The Gauntlet Cabernet Sauvignon Cinsaut 2014 is billed as “a challenge from Vergelegen” and no prizes for guessing who winemaker André van Rensberg might be wishing to engage. WO Swartland, it’s a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cinsaut and 9% Zinfandel, matured for 10 months in old oak. Aromatically, the wine shows black cherry, […]

June 3, 2016
by Christian
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Top three wines of January 2016

Here are our three most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2013 – 95 (read original post here) Constantia Uitsig Semillon 2014 – 94 (read original post here) Vergelegen Reserve Semillon 2014 – 94 (read original post here)

February 1, 2016
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
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Michael Fridjhon: SA’s white blends are great but do they sell?

If you put a bunch of South African wine geeks in a room and leave them to talk about what’s on their collective mind, sometime quite soon, alongside discussion about the Swartland, natural ferments and the unsung heroes of the revolution, the issue of Cape white blends will get an airing. Typically there will be […]

September 23, 2015
by Michael Fridjhon
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RisCura White Hot Wine Awards 2015 results

Results of the third annual RisCura White Hot Wine Awards are now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 30 Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends from 21 South African producers, either currently available or soon to be released, and then undertaking a blind tasting. The 2011 vintage from renowned Pessac-Léognan producer Domaine de Chevalier was included […]

September 2, 2015
by Christian
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David Bristow: Vergelegen – possibly SA’s greatest wine property

The Van der Stel family was among the fabulously rich and well connected of Amsterdam throughout the 17th century, dominating the silk trade there. In 1679 Simon was made Commander of the Cape settlement, followed by his son Willem Adriaan, the oldest of six siblings, 20 years later. Both used company (that’s the Dutch East […]

June 5, 2015
by David Bristow
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Interview: André van Rensburg of Vergelegen

From the April issue of Business Day WANTED: André van Rensburg is renowned for being outspoken but is perhaps also one of South Africa’s most passionate and committed winemakers. He has worked at Anglo American-owned Vergelegen in Somerset West since 1998 during which time it has become firmly positioned among the country’s leading wineries. He […]

April 11, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: Older whites

A little adventure with older local white wines began with Steenberg Semillon 2010. Five years is not, however, elderly for a serious, oaked wine from a variety which always takes a few years to show its best, even more than most. Perhaps that need for some maturity is why semillon is perennially under-appreciated by wine-drinkers. […]

March 9, 2015
by Tim James
with 5 Comments
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