Marianne Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Marianne in Stellenbosch was established by prominent Bordeaux producer Christian Dauriac in 2004, the resulting wines have tended to be in a rich, big style – Dauriac is friends with consultant Michel Rolland and his influence shows. Somewhat curiously then Francois Haasbroek, previously of Waterford and now making his wines under the label Black Water, […]

January 23, 2017
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Post House Stamp of Chenin 2016

The 2002 vintage of Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch property Post House, which was famously judged best in category at the 2003 Fairbairn Capital Trophy Wine Show (later to become the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show), is still drinking beautifully. Owner and winemaker Nick Gebers opened a bottle last night at a function to celebrate the […]

January 20, 2017
by Christian
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Dromer White 2015

Harold Versfeld, previously winemaker at Val de Vie in Paarl, is now in partnership with Hong Kong-based trust and tax consultant Howard Bilton, their undertaking known as Dromer Wines. Tasting notes and ratings for current releases as follows: Dromer White 2015 Price: R150 57% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Semillon. Sauvignon Blanc is from my family farm […]

January 19, 2017
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Waterkloof Circumstance Mourvèdre 2015

Mourvèdre can be a bit wild and woolly but the Circumstance 2015 from Waterkloof in Somerset West is a lot more cultured than some. From bush vines, winemaking involved spontaneous, whole-bunch fermentation while maturation lasted 16 months in older 600-litre barrels. The nose shows red and black fruit, floral perfume, scrub and earth. The palate […]

January 18, 2017
by Christian
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La Petite Ferme Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016

Franschhoek property La Petite Ferme came under new ownership in 2015 with Wikus Pretorius, previously of Haskell Vineyards, appointed as winemaker in October of that year. The Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 is one of his first wines to be released. A blend of 50% own fruit and 50% from Elim, the wine was matured for […]

January 18, 2017
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Has ageing wine become irrelevant?

How is the maiden vintage Columella 2000 from Eben Sadie faring? Bar a single bottle still remaining in my late dad’s cellar, I’m not sure there’s any left to take a view on. Recently, there have been a number of articles by prominent commentators suggesting that wines are now made for earlier drinking and the […]

January 18, 2017
by Christian
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Rousseau Sacharia Wooded Sauvignon Blanc 2016

If the 2015 vintage of Sacharia Wooded Sauvignon Blanc from former Constantia Uitsig viticulturist and winemaker André Rousseau was a bit workmanlike (see here), the 2016 vintage is a significant notch up. From Elgin grapes and vinified at Steenberg in Constantia, the wine was barrel fermented (30% spontaneous) and matured for eight months in second- […]

January 17, 2017
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La Motte Méthode Cap Classique 2013

Méthode Cap Classique is difficult category to judge because 1) it’s so technically complicated to produce and 2) there is disagreement among judges as to what basic style should prevail some preferring lean and fresh, others rich and full. I liked the La Motte MCC for its restraint. A blend of 68% Chardonnay and 32% […]

January 17, 2017
by Christian
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