Flagstone Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Flagstone Winery is owned by fifth largest wine company in the world Accolade Wines, and the house style is intended to appeal to the broadest possible audience, the wines typically rather showy. This is no bad thing in the case of the Free Run Sauvignon Blanc 2015. From 70% Elgin and 30% Elim grapes, it […]

December 7, 2016
by Christian
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Stark-Condé Oude Nektar 2014

Oude Nektar is the new flagship wine from Stark-Condé in the Jonkershoek Valley ward of Stellenbosch. It’s a Bordeaux-style red blend dominated by the property’s highest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, this originally planted in 2003, enabling winemaker José Condé to make a small test batch of Oude Nektar in 2008, but the vineyard destroyed by fire […]

December 6, 2016
by Christian
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Nederburg The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2015

Part of Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes range, The Anchorman Chenin Blanc has always been a pretty smart wine but the 2015 now contains 15% Grenache Blanc which provides even more complexity. Fermentation occurs in various vessels including old oak barrels, vats and stainless steel tank, a small portion undergoing carbonic maceration and the wine was kept […]

December 6, 2016
by Christian
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Nederburg The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest 2015

Nederburg, Winery of the Year in Platter’s 2017, recently showed all four of its wines to rate 5 Stars in the guide, some more convincing than others. Nederburg Private Bin D234 Sauvignon Blanc 2015 For potential sale on auction. From Darling grapes. A top note of sea breeze before asparagus and cantaloupe. Rich and thick […]

December 5, 2016
by Christian
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Lammershoek Syrah Reserve 2015

What would become of Swartland property Lammershoek was sold by the fouding Kretzel family to German investors? Schalk Opperman, previously of Holden Manz in Franschhoek, took over as winemaker in time for the 2015 harvest and as there’s every indication that the property is in good hands – the Terravinum Reserve White rated 95 on […]

December 5, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: On the significance of fashion in wine

Fashion in wine is a slippery concept. I realised this as I tried to grasp it, or at least some strands of it, prompted by reading Michael Fridjhon’s recent Winemag discussion about wine-consumption differences between Gauteng and the Cape (see here). The first tricky element is the difference between fashionability and long-term trends – perhaps […]

December 5, 2016
by Tim James
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Winemag.co.za Top 20 wines 2016

Editor Christian Eedes selects his 20 most memorable wines of the year. 20. Hermanuspietersfontein Nr 5 Sauvignon Blanc 2013 This wine showed magnificently well while judging the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition. Who might be capable of a Sauvignon capable of ageing so well? Turns out HPF. Read original review here. 19. Testalonga El […]

December 5, 2016
by Christian
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Van Loggerenberg Kameraderie Chenin Blanc 2016

Lukas van Loggerenberg gave up his job as winemaker at Paarl winery Druk-My-Niet to go it alone, his first wines from the 2016 vintage, the name of his Cinsaut being “Geronimo” reflecting the leap of faith which was necessary. Tasting notes and ratings as follows: Van Loggerenberg Break-a-Leg Blanc de Noir 2016 Price: R110 From […]

December 2, 2016
by Christian
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