Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2001

Not enough South African wineries maintain a proper vinoteque but Hemel-en-Aarde Valley winery Bouchard Finlayson does and a collection of older vintages designated as “Peter’s Pick” (Peter Finlayson being cellarmaster) were recently released, tasting notes and ratings for some of them as follows: Bouchard Finlayson Kaaimansgat Chardonnay 2007 Price: R300 a bottle Grapes from vineyards […]

February 6, 2017
by Christian
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De Grendel Op die Berg Pinot Noir 2014

When the 2016 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines were shown publically last year, the Pinot Noir over which most people went bananas was the Seadragon 2015 from Newton Johnson Family Vineyards but the one to catch my eye (in a blind tasting put on for local media) was the Op Die Berg 2013 from De […]

February 3, 2017
by Christian
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Villion Blanc de l’Atlantique 2016

Kobie Viljoen, previously of Gäbrielskloof, now makes wine under his Villion Family Wines label – he is a descendant of Francois Villion, the first French Huguenot to settle in the Cape having arrived in 1671, Villion subsequently adulterated to Viljoen. While self-employment is good for the soul, it’s nevertheless nerve-wracking in business terms but Viljoen […]

February 2, 2017
by Christian
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De Toren Fusion V 2014

Fusion V from Stellenbosch property De Toren has a reputation for being luxuriously styled, which is to say very dense and plush, but I have to say I found the current-release 2014 less overblown than I expected. A five-way blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon at 53%, it has an attractive nose of red and black […]

February 1, 2017
by Christian
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Top three wines of January 2017

Here are our three most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Intellego Kolbroek Syrah 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Mulderbosch 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Reyneke Reserve Red 2014 – 94 (read original review here)

February 1, 2017
by Christian
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The difficulty with terroir

The fourth annual Hemel en Aarde Winegrowers Pinot Noir Celebration has just been concluded, the fundamental point of debate being whether or not the creation of the three wine wards of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge corresponded to discernible differences in the respective wines. Underlying all of this, the notion of terroir […]

February 1, 2017
by Christian
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Hemel-en-Aarde Winegrowers Pinot Noir Celebration 2017 – ratings

The 2015 vintage in the three Hemel-en-Aarde wards was early, grapes harvested in particularly good condition by all accounts and this shows in the end-wines, these having particularly purity and clarity compared to 2014. Ratings based on the tasting at the recent Hemel-en-Aarde Winegrowers Pinot Noir Celebration 2017 as follows: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Hamilton Russell Vineyards […]

January 30, 2017
by Christian
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Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2016

Only Anthony Hamilton Russell of Hamilton Russell Vineyards would be mildly dismissive of his own wine rating 5 Stars in Platter’s but that’s precisely the impression he gave when discussing the 2015 at the recent Hemel-en-Aarede Winegrowers Pinot Celebration, his comment being that it was particularly “commercial” on account of how generous the fruit appears […]

January 30, 2017
by Christian
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