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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
with 3 Comments

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 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 in the [...]

September 2, 2015
by Christian
with 5 Comments

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
with 3 Comments

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
with 0 Comments

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

Vergelegen White 2009

What is the drinking window for South Africa’s finest wines? The condition of entry for “Museum class” at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is that  dry white wines be should at least four years old and all other wines (including sparkling wines) at least eight years old. Earlier this year, the Vergelegen “White” 2009 [...]

October 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 2 Comments

Shannon Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2014

While some Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends present too much Sauvignon character, which is to say appear lean and green, the Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (R105 a bottle) which includes a portion of Semillon is arguably too rich and complex to be pitched as a single-variety wine. The amount of Semillon – 11% fermented spontaneously and [...]

September 24, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Hermit on the Hill The White Knight 2009

On Sunday, a blind tasting exploring top-end Sauvignon Blanc. [Please note: This was a informal affair conducted among friends. The scores below are my own.] All wines from the 2009 vintage, all bar the Hermit on the Hill single property wines, some single variety and others Sauvignon-dominated blends, some unwooded and others wooded. What insights? [...]

October 15, 2013
by Christian
with 6 Comments
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