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KWV The Mentors Grenache Blanc 2014

The Mentors range from KWV are nothing if not precise, this borne out by it being the most successful producer at Veritas five years running. The approach from the winemaking team is very technically correct (very low pHs on the whites and “optimal ripeness” on the reds) and the result is that the wines sometimes […]

November 13, 2015
by Christian
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Le Bonheur Tricorne 2012

Stellenbosch property Le Bonheur had success at Veritas earlier this year with two wines made by Sakkie Kotzé who died earlier this year, the Bordeaux-style red blend Prima 2012 winning gold and the occasional release signature red Tricorne 2012 double gold. Tasting notes and ratings as follows: Le Bonheur Prima 2012 Vinotèque price: R115 64% […]

November 6, 2015
by Christian
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SAAM The Middelburg Chenin Blanc 2013

While most critics can’t recommend South African Chenin Blanc highly enough, those who judged the category at this year’s Veritas Awards were obviously a tough bunch to please awarding a solitary double gold, this going to The Middelburg 2013 from SAAM Mountain Vineyards, an export-oriented division of Perdeberg Winery. I found it a bit old-fashioned. […]

October 29, 2015
by Christian
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Allée Bleue Chenin Blanc 2011

Yesterday six wines from Van Zyl Du Toit to mark his six vintages at Franschhoek property Allée Bleue over lunch at La Colombe restaurant. The food and wine pairings were generally extraordinarily astute, perhaps the most memorable being pan-fried scallop, kimchi and sweetcorn with lemongrass and ginger velouté served with the Chenin Blanc 2011. Du […]

October 23, 2015
by Christian
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Lomond Cape Agulhas Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Lomond Cape Agulhas Sauvignon Blanc 2015 received a bronze medal at the recently announced Veritas Awards 2015, which might suggest it’s not worth bothering with but I think for a quaffer selling for R68.99 a bottle from Vinoteque.co.za, there’s quite a bit to recommend it. With an abv of 14.29%, it’s rich and ripe. A […]

October 12, 2015
by Christian
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Steenberg Merlot 2012

Steenberg winemaker JD Pretorius picked up double gold at Veritas for his Merlot 2011 earlier this year and then went on to win the Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year for his Merlot 2012. Pretorius is overseeing a shift away from the wine’s traditional “peppermint crisp character” to something a bit more subtle, both […]

December 3, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Lomond SMV 2013

Gansbaai property Lomond recently released the maiden 2013 vintage of a Rhône-inspired blend consisting of 72% Shiraz, 12% Mourvèdre and 6% Viognier (approximate retail price: R115 a bottle). The nose shows top notes of flowers and fynbos to go with red fruit and spice while the palate is medium bodied with zippy acidity and tannins […]

November 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Boland Wynkelder Muskadel 1994

Winner of a museum class gold at Veritas earlier this year, this Muskadel is now fully mature and drinking well. It has a cough syrup quality about it showing notes of burnt sugar and herbs. Smooth textured and quite fiery (abv 17.5%) but equally quite fresh. A steal at R95 a bottle from the tasting […]

November 12, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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