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Boekenhoutskloof tutored tasting

Having resolved to forsake wine dinners and other promotional activities some five years ago, Marc Kent of Boekenhoutskloof is back on the road again after the failure of any of his wines to rate 5 Stars in the 2016 edition of Platter’s. “I’m still sulking but I’ll get over it and we’ll be back,” he […]

November 26, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: SA legends vs the world

A most remarkable tasting was held in Cape Town last Friday evening. Some 15 people paid quite a bit of money to sit down at a table at Aubergine restaurant and work though five pairs of wines – one South African and one foreign in each pair. The oldest two wines were from 1948, the […]

July 27, 2015
by Tim James
with 8 Comments

Wine Cellar own-label wines

Wine Cellar, local merchants and cellarers of fine wine, recently launched a Chenin Blanc and a Syrah under its own label. Both W.O. Swartland, they are made by Ryan Mostert of new winery Terra Cura. Wine Cellar Chenin Blanc 2014 Price: R139 An enticing nose of peach, apricot and even a little pineapple plus spice […]

July 17, 2015
by Christian
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Wine Cellar opens new tasting room

Wine Cellar, the Cape Town firm which brokers and cellars fine wine, used to conduct its tastings in an underground and, it must be said, slightly dingy room. Recently, however, this has changed. Space was found upstairs and interior design company Xperiencemakers were called in to lend a professional touch – the tasting room is […]

April 30, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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The best white wine in South Africa?

Billed as a “social experiment”, Wine Cellar yesterday hosted the “SA Luxury White Taste-Off” featuring 12 wines priced over R300 a bottle, the selection blind-tasted simultaneously by an audience of 37 in Cape Town and 34 in Johannesburg, a ticket to participate costing R450 per person. Here’s how I ranked them: 1. Alheit Vineyards Magnetic […]

February 5, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 7 Comments

Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2012

Selling for R275 a bottle, Leeuwenkuil Heritage Syrah 2012 was Wine Cellar director Roland Peens’s top wine of 2014 which is quite an endorsement (read more here). What makes it special? Grapes come from a vineyard on schist soils on the southern slopes of Riebeek Mountain where Boekenhoutskloof, Mullineux-Leeu and Rupert are all apparently investing […]

January 13, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

Raats Cabernet Franc 2012

Bruwer Raats has been making his single-variety Cabernet Franc since 2001, working with the same two Stellenbosch blocks from 2005 and the wines keep getting better. I thought the 2011 was terrific (see here) and wondered how he might possibly improve on it the short-term. He just has with the 2012. A really lovely array […]

October 1, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 6 Comments

Hervé Souhaut Syrah 2012

A doppelgänger for Porseleinberg 2012. That was my immediate impression on opening the Syrah 2012 Vin de Pays L’Ardeche made by Hervé Souhaut (R350 a bottle from Wine Cellar in Observatory). Red and black fruit, purple flowers and a hint of white pepper on the nose. Light and fresh (abv 12%) with a good core […]

August 19, 2014
by Christian
with 1 Comment
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