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Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted Blonde

Three smashing beers from small-batch Scottish brewery Harviestoun, Schiehllion Craft Lager, Bitter & Twisted Blonde (both R40 a 330ml bottle) and Old Engine Oil Porter (R44) available from Vino Pronto in Gardens. What impresses about this trio is their complexity and intensity without sacrificing drinkability. Personal favourite? Probably the Bitter & Twisted with its definite [...]

August 11, 2014
by Christian
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Antipodean Pinot Noir 2012

Antipodean Wines are made by the couple that is “Aussie bloke” Mick Craven, part of the Mulderbosch team and “South African sheila” Janine Faure, winemaker at Dornier. So far they’ve released a Pinot Noir 2012 from Stellenbosch, available at R130 a bottle from Vino Pronto in Gardens, Cape Town. It’s got real interest without any [...]

March 5, 2014
by Christian
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The Fledge & Co. Vagabond XII

Although Vagabond 2012 from The Fledge & Co. was rejected by the Wine & Spirit Board on account of being turbid, I thought it was pretty smart. It’s a Calitzdorp Viognier matured for 15 months in old French oak from Leon Coetzee and Margaux Nel, also winemaker at Boplaas, the variety left off the label [...]

November 11, 2013
by Christian
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Botanica Pinot Noir 2010

Botanica’s Ginny Povall makes a knock-out Chenin Blanc so what particular sensibility might she bring to Pinot Noir? Her 2010 (R149 a bottle from Vino Pronto in Gardens) is from approximately 25-year-old Elgin vineyards and was matured for nine months in French oak, 65% new. It’s really appealing – cherry, wild strawberry and red rose [...]

April 3, 2013
by Christian
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La Complicité 2011

La Complicité 2011, a Stellenbosch Colombard which underwent some barrel maturation, is made by Micu Narunsky, Israeli born jazz pianist turned winemaker. He heads up the cellar for Anatu Wines in Stellenbosch but also does stuff under his own label such as this. Quite full with gentle acidity, I found flavours of lime cordial through [...]

March 26, 2013
by Christian
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