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Zonnebloem Lauréat 2013

I like the way the red blend Lauréat from Zonnebloem has been tracking in recent years and I think the 2013 is the best yet. A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Shiraz, 5% Petit Verdot, the wine was matured for 14 months in a combination of first- and second-fill French and Hungarian […]

December 8, 2015
by Christian
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Vergenoegd Shiraz 1975

Yesterday a party at Joostenberg Bistro to celebrate the 40th birthday of Corlien Morris, co-owner of Wine Concepts Gauteng and good friend. To drink, some wines of the 1975 vintage from her father’s cellar, these being Vergenoegd Cabernet Sauvignon, Vergenoegd Shiraz and Zonnebloem Shiraz. The Vergenoegd Cab and the Zonnebloem did not disgrace themselves but […]

November 9, 2015
by Christian
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Zonnebloem Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 vs 2011

Stellenbosch has finally woken up to the fact that having a signature variety is no bad thing when it comes to putting across a compelling marketing message and is now billing itself as the “Kingdom of Cabernet”, the launch of the campaign marked by tasting featuring 20 prominent examples during Cape Wine in September. Zonnebloem […]

October 14, 2015
by Christian
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Zonnebloem Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc 2015

If you like overt pyrazine character on your Sauvignon Blanc (and some people do), then you’ll like the Limited Edition 2015 from Zonnebloem. Made from Stellenbosch fruit, the wine shows cut grass and fresh herbs on the nose while the palate shows lime and green pepper. It’s a dramatic, somewhat severe wine, appearing super-concentrated and […]

October 12, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: Could great old names be rescued?

An almost inevitable topic came up for discussion among those attending the recent grand match between some old Cape stars and their international equivalents: the modern decline in reputation of wines like Chateau Libertas – the 1959 vintage of which had just given us all great satisfaction. I’ve had, incidentally, many fine old vintages of […]

August 3, 2015
by Tim James
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Tim James: SA legends vs the world

A most remarkable tasting was held in Cape Town last Friday evening. Some 15 people paid quite a bit of money to sit down at a table at Aubergine restaurant and work though five pairs of wines – one South African and one foreign in each pair. The oldest two wines were from 1948, the […]

July 27, 2015
by Tim James
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Zonnebloem Lauréat 2012

Although the faux Petrus label will always get me, the 2012 vintage of Zonnebloem Lauréat is actually pretty decent stuff. It’s a blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot plus an unconventional 5% Shiraz and 5% Mourvèdre; maturation lasted 14 months in French and Hungarian oak, a combination of first- and […]

July 1, 2015
by Christian
with 1 Comment

What went into the Zonnebloem Cabernet 1965?

One of the highlights of the recent South African Old Wine Tasting to mark the beginning of judging at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show was the Zonnebloem Cabernet 1975 (see here). By all accounts, a lot of leeway was allowed when it came to compiling these wines and asked Elize Coetzee, part of the […]

May 8, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 5 Comments
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