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Villiera Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Stellenbosch cellar Villiera won a silver award for wines in a series at the recent Wine Label Design Awards sponsored by Rotolabel not so much for their front labels but rather the interactive nature of the back labels. The Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc 2014 has the following exhortation: “To discover the story of the duck [...]

March 23, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Villiera Chenin Blanc 2014

The 2014 vintage of the Traditional Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc (R102.50 a bottle) from Stellenbosch farm Villiera placed among the winners of the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge last year but the straight Chenin Blanc 2014 is also pretty smart and extraordinarily good value for money at R48 a bottle. 30% of the [...]

January 31, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Domaine Grier Grenache 2010

The Griers of Villiera in Stellenbosch embarked on an international venture in 2006 when they invested in a small vineyard in the Roussillon region in the South of France and named Domaine Grier. Enamoured with local examples of Grenache at the moment, I was curious to try the property’s Grenache 2010 which they make for [...]

February 12, 2014
by Christian
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Villiera Starlight Brut NV

Most low alcohol wines are insipid so I approached the Villiera Starlight Brut NV – The Light Cap Classique (R95 a bottle) with a fair degree of trepidation. It is, however, an entirely sound proposition. From 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinotage, a small amount of alcohol was removed prior to secondary fermentation  (final [...]

November 5, 2013
by Christian
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Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blancs 2007

The stellar Villiera Monro Brut 2007 ( wine of show at this year’s Five Nations Wine Challenge, 5 Stars in Platter’s 2013) contains not only 34% Pinot Noir but 15% Pinot Meunier in addition to 51% Chardonnay, but in most instances I’m not sure what the red varieties contribute to local bottle-fermented sparkling wine – [...]

December 24, 2012
by Christian
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The great bubbly shoot-out

From the December issue of Business Day WANTED out last Friday: The festive season lends itself to drinking bubbles but which bubbles? If you opt for Méthode Cap Classique, there’s always the anxiety that you’re forfeiting quality for economy while if you choose Champagne, then there’s the suspicion that you’re paying for extrinsics rather than [...]

December 10, 2012
by Christian
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CE’s top 12 wines of 2012

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2012. Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011 Price: R150 This is a label which has been around for a while but under the careful stewardship of winemaker Sebastian Beaumont just seems to get more refined and sophisticated. Colmant Brut Chardonnay Price: R168 Monday 30 January was the [...]

December 3, 2012
by Christian
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Five Nations Wine Challenge 2012 results

Results of this year’s Five Nations Wine Challenge between Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa have been announced. There were a total of 540 wines under scrutiny – five judges involved, one from each country participating; 16 classes of wine and each judge set the task of selecting seven or eight wines from [...]

October 26, 2012
by Christian
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