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Shannon Vineyards Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir 2015

James Downes, co-owner and viticulturist at Elgin property Shannon Vineyards, reckons that the 2015 of his Rockview Ridge Pinot Noir shows “more structure with a higher degree of dark fruit coming through” than has been in the case in recent vintages. To this taster, the fruit profile is still more towards the red fruit end […]

May 27, 2016
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Shannon Vineyards Semillon 2015

Shannon Vineyards in Elgin are one of those producers who serve the niche market segment that drinks single-variety Semillon and their 2015 is most accomplished. Grapes come from a 12-year-old block 0.5ha in size, juice fermented spontaneously, maturation lasting three months in 100% new oak. A really complex nose of pear, yellow apple, white peach, […]

May 27, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: What SA wine needs to do to crack the American market

There has been some introspection in recent opinion pieces on this site around South African wine in international markets – both on how the world sees us as well as our actual performance (see here and here). Nutshell version: our wines are consistently getting great recognition from international critics (Tim Atkin, Neal Martin, Jancis Robinson […]

May 26, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 2 Comments

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Shiraz 2013

RJ Botha, understudy to winemaker Alistair Rimmer at Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch, says that they are on a mission to “tighten up” the all the wines in the portfolio. The Vineyard Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 rated 90 in the recent Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report and the Shiraz 2013 is also excellent. Matured for 18 months […]

May 26, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015

During a lunch to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Stellenbosch cellar Kleine Zalze, a change to taste the soon-to-be-released Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015. Grapes come from three sites in Faure and one in Devon Valley, the wine very much a blend but constituted by different vineyards rather than different varieties according to winemaker Alastair […]

May 26, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

De Grendel Winifred 2015

Durbanville winery De Grendel has re-introduced its unconventional  white blend called Winifred after it was briefly discontinued. Named after Winifred Sally, wife of the late Sir David Graaff, 3rd Baronet of Cape Town and founder of De Grendel, the newly released 2015 is a blend of 52% Semillon, 29% Viognier and 14% Chardonnay. Aromatically, there […]

May 25, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Luddite Chenin 2014

The Chenin Blanc 2014 from Bot River cellar Luddite is as quirky as ever. Partly from own plantings and partly from 40 to 60 year old vines on the Van der Stel Pass, both batches were fermented spontaneously on skins, maturation lasting 12 months in old oak. It has a conspicuous struck match note on […]

May 25, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: How to save SA’s old vines

The plight of old vines, or more correctly, of the owners of old vineyards, has been in the media lately. It is becoming increasingly clear that, pretty much at the same time as we have discovered the joy of wines made with fruit harvested from old vines, we’re about to watch our heritage vineyards vanish […]

May 25, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 3 Comments
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