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Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Can Sauvignon Blanc be profound? Last night Klein Constantia winemaker Matthew Day showed the 2015 vintage of his single-vineyard wine known as Perdeblokke and it certainly grabbed the attention… A wonderfully enticing nose of lemon and its rind, white peach, black currant, fynbos and talcum powder while the palate is amazingly vivid – pure, lithe […]

June 28, 2016
by Christian
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Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2012

As is now well-documented, Klein Constantia changed ownership in 2011 and the 2012 vintage of the property’s renowned sweet wine Vin de Constance is the first made entirely under the new regime. Picking started in late January and finished in late April, some of the fermentation taking six months to finish, relates winemaker Matthew Day. […]

June 28, 2016
by Christian
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Kaapzicht The 1947 Chenin Blanc 2015

The soon-to-be-released 2015 vintage of The 1947 Chenin Blanc from Kaapzicht is again superlative. The nose is extraordinarily complex: Pear, citrus, white peach, even a little pineapple, flowers, dried herbs, spice and a touch of vanilla. The palate, meanwhile, possesses tremendous presence, its breadth and depth something to marvel at. A great old vineyard vinified […]

June 27, 2016
by Christian
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Laborie Jean Taillefert Prestige Cuvée 2010

The Jean Taillefert Prestige Cuvée is the KWV off-shoot Laborie’s best effort when it comes to Méthode Cap Classique, from 100% Pinot Noir and made in a Blanc de Noir style in the case of the maiden 2010 vintage. From Walker Bay grapes, the wine spent a minimum of 54 months on the lees. On […]

June 27, 2016
by Christian
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Neethlingshof Short Story Collection Maria Noble Late Harvest 2009

The Short Story Collection Maria Noble Late Harvest 2009 from Neethlingshof in Stellenbosch was judged best museum class unfortified dessert wine and best museum class wine overall at the recent Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and very smart it is, too. From Riesling, the nose is terrifically complex: some floral fragrance before marmalade, apricot, caramel […]

June 24, 2016
by Christian
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Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2013

While the appeal of Cabernet Franc generally arises from its pretty aromatics and  litheness compared to its offspring Cabernet Sauvignon, Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch have tended to make quite a big and burly version. I’m happy to report, however, that the 2013 vintage comes in at a relatively modest alcohol of 13.5%, which makes for […]

June 23, 2016
by Christian
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Michael Fridjhon: On blind vs sighted tastings

It’s a bit of an old chestnut, but every time a well-known wine performs badly at a properly managed blind tasting, there’s no shortage of otherwise intelligent people wishing to take a tilt at the process or the judges, but never at the wine.The whole point about a blind tasting is that the wine is […]

June 23, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
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De Trafford Chenin Blanc 2015

What is striking about the nose of the Chenin Blanc 2015 from Stellenbosch producer De Trafford is a dried grass, almost thatch-like quality to go with citrus and white peach as well as a little spice. The palate is medium bodied and currently quite closed down. There is, however, a good core of fruit along […]

June 22, 2016
by Christian
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