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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Saurwein Nom Pinot Noir 2015

Jessica Saurwein’s day job is managing sales and marketing for Stellenbosch property Kleinood but she’s also a trained winemaker and in 2015, she made a Pinot Noir from a Kaaimansgat vineyard near Villiersdorp, 18% whole bunch fermentation, nine months in French oak, a third new – just three barrels made. Very pretty aromatics with notes […]

December 9, 2016
by Christian
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Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2013

Whereas Pinotage was a very fraught category even 10 years ago, producers have made massive quality advances. Take the 21 Gables Pinotage 2013 from Spier which simply cannot be faulted for its fruit power and technical correctness. From a Stellenbosch vineyard close to False Bay, the wine was matured for 18 months in French and […]

December 8, 2016
by Christian
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Top six Cape Town wine bars

1. Chalk & Cork Two story wine bar with courtyard providing a small but carefully assembled winelist and tapas. Address: 51 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town Phone: +27 21 422 5822 www.chalkandcork.co.za 2. Belthazar Restauarant & Wine Bar Over 250 wines by the glass at this glitzy multi-seater establishment with harbor terrace. The kitchen specializes […]

December 8, 2016
by Christian
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André Morgenthal: Prospects for Elgin

“Your yield from apples is six times more per hectare than from wine grapes.  If you don’t have a premium wine brand in Elgin, you should rather be farming apples”, says Brad Gold, marketing manager of Oak Valley, one of the property in this ward.  James Downes of Shannon Vineyards concurs, saying “We have to […]

December 7, 2016
by Andre Morgenthal
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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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Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2016 – one SA wine

Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select their Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world. SA took one place in 2016: 11. Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2015 – score: 94 To read the […]

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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