South African Wines blog articles

09 Nov 2018

An overdelivering Rhone style blend out of the Swartland

An overdelivering Rhone style blend out of the Swartland

The wines of Tania and Vincent Careme offer exceptional value. Vincent hails from Vouvray in France's Loire Valley where he makes some very impressive wines, in particular Chenin Blanc.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

22 Oct 2018

Klein Constantia Estate Red 2015 - an exceptional wine from an exceptional vintage

Klein Constantia Estate Red 2015 - an exceptional wine from an exceptional vintage

Klein Constantia, the granddaddy of all South African wine estates, is not well known for its red wines.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

17 Oct 2018

A truly unique white wine that continues to impress almost a decade later

A truly unique white wine that continues to impress almost a decade later

Nine years old and fresh, medium bodied, 88% Sauvignon Blanc grown in Sandstone soils a short distance from the cool Atlantic Ocean, has real pedigree

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

09 Oct 2018

First Growth quality without the price tag

First Growth quality without the price tag

For those who are not aware of Kanonkop Estate’s flagship red blend, the Paul Sauer, it ranks as one of South Africa's premier red wines, many considering it the Cape's finest, even being labeled as South Africa's version of a Bordeaux 1st Growth.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

03 Oct 2018

De Wetshof Lesca Chardonnay 2017 - This is why people love Chardonnay

De Wetshof Lesca Chardonnay 2017 - This is why people love Chardonnay

We have been loving the Chardonnay lineup from De Wetshof since the early 1990’s so we have a good amount of tasting history with this producer and we can say that the 2017 Lesca Chardonnay is a standout

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

26 Sep 2018

Rust en Vrede Syrah 2014 - Wine Spectator Top 100 for 2017 (number 49) - worthy of its accolades

Rust en Vrede Syrah 2014 - Wine Spectator Top 100 for 2017 (number 49) - worthy of its accolades

Rust en Vrede needs no introduction, being an old and established Stellenbosch producer in the famed Helderberg sub-region

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

07 Sep 2018

Camino Africana - Another exceptional Cape Chenin Blanc

Camino Africana - Another exceptional Cape Chenin Blanc

The Finlayson family is well known in the Cape for having been involved in wine production for three generations, and now the youngest generation is well known for crafting some of South Africa's most cutting edge wines.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

21 Aug 2018

When else do you get to drink a wine in the year it was harvested?

When else do you get to drink a wine in the year it was harvested?

We are happy to announce the arrival the newly released 2018 Lynx Blanc de Noir.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

15 Aug 2018

South African Chenin Blancs defining greatness

South African Chenin Blancs defining greatness

Gone are the days when the best Chenin Blancs in the world all came from the Loire Valley in France.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 Aug 2018

Another Impressive Value from one of South Africa's best red wine producers

Another Impressive Value from one of South Africa's best red wine producers

The wines from Kanonkop need little introduction, from top to bottom the red wines from this esteemed producer are all noteworthy.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

20 Jul 2018

Sadie Family Magnums – Columella 2014 and Palladius 2014 – extremely limited

Sadie Family Magnums – Columella 2014 and Palladius 2014 – extremely limited

We have been very fortunate to get a very limited number of magnums of Sadie Family Columella and Palladius.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

19 Jul 2018

A delicious Swartland Chenin with some French charm (A Love Story...)

A delicious Swartland Chenin with some French charm (A Love Story...)

It is a pretty big statement when a French winemaker from the Loire Valley, who specializes in Chenin Blanc, decides to venture out and try his hand at making Chenin Blanc in South Africa.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

03 Jul 2018

An exceptional producer, vintage and wine.

An exceptional producer, vintage and wine.

De Toren has firmly established itself at the top of the pecking order in South Africa for its Bordeaux blends, particularly the Fusion V, a Cabernet dominated five way Bordeaux blend.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

12 Jun 2018

Exceptional offering from one of the Cape's finest Chenin producers

Exceptional offering from one of the Cape's finest Chenin producers

Owner/winemaker Bruwer Raats is a master technician when it comes to making exceptional Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

23 May 2018

Another Benchmark effort from one of the Cape's finest Chardonnay producers

Another Benchmark effort from one of the Cape's finest Chardonnay producers

The wines from this esteemed producer need no introduction, Hamilton Russell has been a name that has helped put South African wines on the world's radar screen.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

09 May 2018

Southern Right Pinotage, the best ever!

Southern Right Pinotage, the best ever!

Southern Right Pinotage is one of South Africa's better expressions of the varietal with its ability to showcase its Pinot Noir lineage.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

02 May 2018

The finest Cabernet to date from this favorite producer

The finest Cabernet to date from this favorite producer

The theme of the exceptional 2015 vintage out of South Africa keeps playing out as we continue to try some of the wines from the Cape's more renown producers.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 May 2018

South Africa's First Growth from an Epic Vintage

South Africa's First Growth from an Epic Vintage

The Mvemve Raats de Compostella is the First Growth of the Cape, it has few equals and is arguably the finest Bordeaux style blend from the Cape.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

26 Apr 2018

2015 Reyneke Syrah - another outstanding effort from South Africa

2015  Reyneke Syrah - another outstanding effort from South Africa

The wines from Reyneke can represent some of the better values we see coming out of South Africa.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

16 Apr 2018

A Stellar Vintage for one of teh Cape's Premier Pinotage

A Stellar Vintage for one of teh Cape's Premier Pinotage

When it comes to Pinotage there are only a few that sit atop the hierarchy that are considered to be the finest that South Africa produces,

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

29 Mar 2018

Great take on cool climate Sauvie from an exceptional vintage

Great take on cool climate Sauvie from an exceptional vintage

South Africa has been under the grip of a drought that has been brutally persistent for a number of years. This has not seemed to have any effect on the cool climate, high altitude wines from Constantia Glen.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

15 Mar 2018

Classy Stellenbosch Cabernet from one of our favorite producers

Classy Stellenbosch Cabernet from one of our favorite producers

The Finlaysons are a well-known name in South African wine. David Finlayson followed in his father’s footsteps and took over the running of Glen Carlou.

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23 Feb 2018

Chenin Blanc: Doing what South Africa does well

Chenin Blanc: Doing what South Africa does well

Chenin Blanc has come of age in South Africa. No longer is it a lesser quality grape or a blending grape.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

07 Feb 2018

A Rock Star winemaker plus a Five-Star Vintage equals Wine of the Year

A Rock Star winemaker plus a Five-Star Vintage equals Wine of the Year

We have been experiencing a deluge of amazing wines from the 2015 vintage, which is a nice problem to have.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

05 Feb 2018

A wine that would make any father proud

A wine that would make any father proud

Bruwer Raats is a multi-talented winemaker but one of his great passions and specialties is making exceptional Cabernet Franc.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

03 Feb 2018

How a few extra years of bottle age make all the difference for this delicious Sauvignon Blanc

How a few extra years of bottle age make all the difference for this delicious Sauvignon Blanc

An amazing white that is just starting to show its stuff, the 2014 vintage tastes young but it is just coming out of its shell.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

30 Jan 2018

Highly collectible Magnums from Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Highly collectible Magnums from Hamilton Russell Vineyards

Hamilton Russell has been a pioneer and innovator of Burgundian varietals in South African since their inception in the 1980’s and they have kept improving what they do to stay ahead of the pack.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

19 Jan 2018

A South African favorite - just released and very limited

A South African favorite - just released and very limited

It is reported that Julius Cesar said: “The die is cast” in 49 BC as he led his troops across the Rubicon River towards Rome. The decision to cross the Rubicon River marked a turning point in history from which it was impossible to turn back.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

16 Jan 2018

An Old Vine Chenin Blanc with real pedigree

An Old Vine Chenin Blanc with real pedigree

We have been going on to anyone who will listen about how good the Chenin Blanc is from South Africa. We have become a little too geeky about it, comparing vine age and vintages from different producers.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

11 Jan 2018

Setting a new standard for South African Chardonnay

Setting a new standard for South African Chardonnay

We have fallen in love with Chamonix Chardonnay over the last few vintages and it easy to see why.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

03 Jan 2018

A hedonistic South African red

A hedonistic South African red

We rarely see the wines from Rudi Schultz, and when we do they are always in extremely limited supply.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

03 Nov 2017

Close out buy makes this bottle of aged Syrah a tremendous value

Close out buy makes this bottle of aged Syrah a tremendous value

Sometimes with extended bottle age you do not always know what to expect.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 Nov 2017

A highly reviewed South African Chenin Blanc at a great price

A highly reviewed South African Chenin Blanc at a great price

You know times are changing when a French winemaker takes on a new project, venturing out from his home country to make wine in South Africa.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

12 Oct 2017

Where are you going to find this quality at this price?

Where are you going to find this quality at this price?

Recently we were fortunate enough to have sparkling winemaker extraordinaire, Peter 'Bubbles' Ferreira, from Graham Beck wines stop by and try us on his vast array of impressive sparkling wines.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

09 Oct 2017

Terrific value play on everyone's favorite grape: Cabernet

Terrific value play on everyone's favorite grape: Cabernet

You can really get an idea of how good a vintage is by the value oriented wines that are on offer.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

04 Oct 2017

One of the finest Francs you may ever try

One of the finest Francs you may ever try

The Finlayson name is well established and highly respected in the South African wine industry.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 Oct 2017

Great vintage and great winemaking, not your grandfather's Pinotage

Great vintage and great winemaking, not your grandfather's Pinotage

Those of you who are aficionados of the wines of South Africa are no strangers to the wines of Kanonkop.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

14 Sep 2017

Our favorite new Chenin Blanc from the Cape

Our favorite new Chenin Blanc from the Cape

Chenin Blanc from the Cape is now regarded as one of the jewels of the South African wine industry and has the attention of wine lovers the world over

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 Sep 2017

Consistently one of the World's finest unwooded Chardonnays

Consistently one of the World's finest unwooded Chardonnays

De Wetshof's Limestone Hill Chardonnay has been one of the most compelling Chardonnays at its price point we have sold over the last 3-4 years, and even more so considering its unwooded/unoaked status.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 Aug 2017

Glen Carlou Grand Classique - a quality Bordeaux style red from the Cape at a value price

Glen Carlou Grand Classique - a quality Bordeaux style red from the Cape at a value price

Glen Carlou has been a leader in Cape wines since it was established in 1985 and its everyday red blend, the Grand Classique, demonstrates the good job the Cape does with the Bordeaux varietals.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

18 Jul 2017

Great value on this classy South African Rosé

Great value on this classy South African Rosé

Rosé and blush wines are all the craze and why not? They can fit just about any venue, be it on their own or with lighter foods.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

03 Jul 2017

A very impressive Chardonnay from South Africa

A very impressive Chardonnay from South Africa

When it comes to Chardonnay, De Wetshof Estate does a remarkable job with the varietal.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 Jul 2017

Exceptional Pinot Noir from an outstanding vintage

Exceptional Pinot Noir from an outstanding vintage

Introducing the latest in a stream of surprisingly good Pinot Noirs from the Cape: B Vintners Black Bream Pinot from the Walker Bay.

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27 Jun 2017

An exceptional value play from an outstanding vintage

An exceptional value play from an outstanding vintage

The term "a rising tide lifts all boats" is very applicable when it comes to wine.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

14 Jun 2017

2015 Rust en Vrede Merlot - an exceptional vintage and an exceptional Merlot

2015 Rust en Vrede Merlot - an exceptional vintage and an exceptional Merlot

As the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all boats, and that seems to be the case with almost all the wines we have tried from the 2015 vintage out of South Africa.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 Jun 2017

Another serious effort from one of South Africa's premier producers

Another serious effort from one of South Africa's premier producers

When it comes to producing one of the New World's closest takes on Burgundy, look no further than South Africa's Hamilton Russell.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

23 May 2017

Tremendous savings on this lovely South African Sauvignon Blanc

Tremendous savings on this lovely South African Sauvignon Blanc

Very few people let their wines age to where they start to show at their optimum. It is just a fact that most wines are consumed within a short time after they have been purchased.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

15 May 2017

An unwooded Chenin with beautiful fruit purity and textural richness

An unwooded Chenin with beautiful fruit purity and textural richness

Beaumont Winery is situated in the small country town of Bot River and has quietly made a name for itself over the past twenty plus years.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

12 May 2017

An exceptional vintage and a good team equals a great value at way under $10

An exceptional vintage and a good team equals a great value at way under $10

You take an exceptional vintage and a well-honed winemaking team and great things can materialize.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 May 2017

2016 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay - just released and extremely limited

2016 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay - just released and extremely limited

For a New World Chardonnay, Hamilton Russell produces one of the closest versions you will find that mirrors white Burgundy. This is no small feat, many try, but few can consistently produce one that fits the bill.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

10 Apr 2017

The long awaited release of Boschendal's Rosé wine

The long awaited release of Boschendal's Rosé wine

Boschendal has a storied history, being a very early Cape wine farm and at one point having been owned by Cecil John Rhodes.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

13 Mar 2017

A Chardonnay that will truely exceed expectations

A Chardonnay that will truely exceed expectations

The Constantia region just outside of Cape Town, is very historic with vineyards going back 300 years, and earned a reputation for making stellar white wines.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 Mar 2017

Great Value on this highly reviewed South African Chenin Blanc

Great Value on this highly reviewed South African Chenin Blanc

South Africa's signature white wine has been getting quite a bit of attention lately and rightfully so.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

10 Feb 2017

Proving that the Cape makes some of the world's finest Chenin Blancs

Proving that the Cape makes some of the world's finest Chenin Blancs

DeMorgenzon Estate is making some spectacular white wines on their property in the Polkadraai Hills, having received numerous “Best of Show” awards and mid-90 scores from reviewers. They are the only winery that we know of that pipes Baroque music to the vines 24x7. Could that be the secret sauce?

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Posted by Greg   00:00:00

08 Feb 2017

Glenelly Estate Reserve 2011 - aged to perfection

Glenelly Estate Reserve 2011 - aged to perfection

In this age of instant gratification very few consumers have the patience or the will to age their wines. Most wines are released shortly after bottling and most are consumed shortly thereafter.

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Posted by Greg   00:00:00

26 Jan 2017

Meerlust Chardonnay - a perfect balance between the Old World and New World

Meerlust Chardonnay - a perfect balance between the Old World and New World

Meerlust Chardonnay often gets overlooked due to their impressive red wine portfolio, but let us not forget that the Meerlust Chardonnay has been, and still is a standard bearer for Cape Chardonnay.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

10 Jan 2017

2016 MAN 'Free-run Steen' Chenin Blanc - another stellar offering

2016 MAN 'Free-run Steen' Chenin Blanc -  another stellar offering

For the past five plus years, we would tell anyone who would listen about the virtues of how good Cape Chenin Blanc is and how it is no longer under the radar.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

04 Nov 2016

One of our favorite Rosé wines of the year

One of our favorite Rosé wines of the year

Rosé has become quite fashionable as of late. People have finally figured out that it is not just a warm weather wine, although it is pretty hard to beat on a warm day.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

01 Nov 2016

We just flat out love this unwooded Chardonnay from De Wetshof

We just flat out love this unwooded Chardonnay from De Wetshof

We have loved this Chardonnay for the last 4 vintages, and find it hard to beat at the modest price.

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Posted by Greg   00:00:00

03 Oct 2016

The Cape's First Growth from de Toren

The Cape's First Growth from de Toren

Albie Koch, De Toren's winemaker, stopped by recently and we were able to catch up on the current Cape happenings and try some of the wines from this exceptional red wine producer.

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01 Sep 2016

A showstopper from Hamilton Russell

A showstopper from Hamilton Russell

Hamilton Russell pioneered the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, and they have managed to stay at the forefront of Pinot and Chardonnay in South Africa. The 2015 vintage gave them everything they wanted and more, resulting in perfect fruit at harvest.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

09 Aug 2016

A World Class Chardonnay that is affordable enough to drink daily

A World Class Chardonnay that is affordable enough to drink daily

It becomes more evident with each passing vintage that South Africa is making some of the world`s finest wines. Some of the Chardonnays have been ringers for the Burgundian style at a fraction of the price.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 Aug 2016

A real beauty from one of the Masters of Chenin Blanc

A real beauty from one of the Masters of Chenin Blanc

South Africa is making a big push with Chenin Blanc, and the results speak for themselves

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

14 Jul 2016

Just another reason why we love South African Chardonnay

Just another reason why we love South African Chardonnay

When it comes to Chardonnay in all its different forms, Waterford makes one of South Africa's more notable styles.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

13 Jul 2016

The Pepper Pot - a Syrah dominated red blend from the Cape that really over delivers

The Pepper Pot - a Syrah dominated red blend from the Cape that really over delivers

This wine, with a name inspired by the culinary traditions of South Africa, is our choice for a perfect everyday summer grilling wine combining fruit and spice elements into one delicious wine.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

17 Jun 2016

Chenin Blanc: The most under-appreciated noble variety?

Chenin Blanc: The most under-appreciated noble variety?

Chenin Blanc is a very versatile and food friendly wine, and we think it is the most under-appreciated noble variety. That means Chenin is about to become really popular, and South Africa is ready to let the world know about its good Chenins.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

15 Jun 2016

Consistently one of the finest white wine values

Consistently one of the finest white wine values

Named for the Southern Right whales that flock to Walker Bay in spring to calve and generally have a good time, Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc has developed a following locally and abroad.

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02 May 2016

2015 Mulderbosch Rose of Cabernet - one of the best Rose values in the world

2015 Mulderbosch Rose of Cabernet - one of the best Rose values in the world

Many know the Mulderbosch name which has earned a reputation as producing one of South Africa’s finest Sauvignon Blancs.

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11 Apr 2016

One for the white Burgundy lovers…

One for the white Burgundy lovers…

The 2015 vintage will go down as great one for South Africa.

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18 Mar 2016

Another exceptional Cabernet offering from one of South Africa's finest producers

Another exceptional Cabernet offering from one of South Africa's finest producers

Kanonkop has produced an attention grabbing beauty with its 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 Mar 2016

An over delivering wine from South Africa’s Cabernet Franc leader

An over delivering wine from South Africa’s Cabernet Franc leader

Brewer Raats is a gentle giant and a soil geek. He has also earned a reputation for two varietals: Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

16 Feb 2016

New wine from the 2015 IWSC Winemaker of the Year

New wine from the 2015 IWSC Winemaker of the Year

This guy has made wine at Kanonkop (a South African “First Growth” winery) for over a decade, and now we finally get to see a wine made under his own name.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

05 Feb 2016

Killer Chardonnay from Constantia Valley

Killer Chardonnay from Constantia Valley

The Constantia region of the Cape has always made really nice whites and we have always loved the style of this cool climate Chardonnay from the folks at Buitenverwachting.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 Feb 2016

World class South African white wine – magical stuff

World class South African white wine – magical stuff

South Africa has come to the party and is showing off with some world class wines. There is sometimes the debate about the whites versus the reds, and many say the whites are better than the reds.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

19 Jan 2016

A record setting Bordeaux blend from the Napa Valley of South Africa

A record setting Bordeaux blend from the Napa Valley of South Africa

Stellenbosch is like the Napa Valley of the Cape, and anyone who has been there will understand

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

12 Dec 2015

The Spark that started the Swartland Revolution

The Spark that started the Swartland Revolution

There is so much exciting stuff going on in the Southern Hemisphere, and we are proud to be ambassadors of all those lesser known wine regions.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

22 Oct 2015

New Ashbourne white blend made by Anthony Hamilton Russell

New Ashbourne white blend made by Anthony Hamilton Russell

Anthony Hamilton Russell, of Southern Right and Hamilton Russell fame, has come up with another attention grabbing wine

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Posted by Gregg   01:00:00

22 Oct 2015

An exceptional Cape Chardonnay that will blow the doors off of wines 2-3 times the cost

An exceptional Cape Chardonnay that will blow the doors off of wines 2-3 times the cost

Sometimes words are not enough to convey just how good a wine is.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

09 Sep 2015

A wine that changed the South African wine industry

A wine that changed the South African wine industry

When it comes to South African wines it is a fair assessment to say that the Meerlust Rubicon will always be a sure bet if you are looking for a premium red wine that is truly representative of a high quality South African wine.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

07 Sep 2015

Delicious Rhone blend from the Swartland

Delicious Rhone blend from the Swartland

Since the late 1990’s the Swartland region of South Africa has become one of that country's most celebrated wine producing regions.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

18 Aug 2015

A completely gorgeous (and well named) Rosé from South Africa

A completely gorgeous (and well named) Rosé from South Africa

We have been waiting for this wine for quite some time. Insiders from South Africa have made reference to this new label on numerous occasions.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

01 Aug 2015

This is by far our favorite Rose wine from South Africa

This is by far our favorite Rose wine from South Africa

We love Rose wines nice and fresh, and this 2015 from South Africa just in is drinking fantastically.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

27 Jul 2015

A truely enjoyable unwooded Chardonnay

A truely enjoyable unwooded Chardonnay

Chardonnay has always been a trendy grape, and over the past few years we have seen a trend towards more unwooded versions of the grape, and this has to be one of the best unwooded versions we have tried.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

22 Jul 2015

A winemaking accident that created one of South Africa’s most popular wines.

A winemaking accident that created one of South Africa’s most popular wines.

The year was 1994, South Africa was beginning a new era and the South African wine renaissance that has led to many of that country’s finest wines was just beginning.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

03 Jul 2015

Could this be South Africa's best Chardonnay?

Could this be South Africa's best Chardonnay?

There are some producers that we eagerly await the release of their new vintages, and we buy their wines for our personal collections to drink later and compare to previous vintages, and we try to visit the property multiple times. Hamilton Russell is one such producer.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

03 Jun 2015

The second (world class) white produced by Anthony Hamilton Russell

The second (world class) white produced by Anthony Hamilton Russell

Some of the most interesting South African wines have been coming from the cooler climate Walker Bay region near Hermanus. The oldest producer in that region is Hamilton Russell, who also makes Ashbourne.

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Posted by Oliver   13:04:00

27 Apr 2015

Without a doubt one of SA's best Pinotages

Without a doubt one of SA's best Pinotages

If you are a fan of South African wines then the Kanonkop label is no stranger to you. Recognized as being at the upper tier of South African producers, it has been referred to as South Africa's Grand Cru, 1st Growth producer.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

21 Apr 2015

Technology and Mechanization will never be a Substitute for Passion - just ask Niels!

Technology and Mechanization will never be a Substitute for Passion - just ask Niels!

Without a doubt one of the best things about our job is the opportunity to try wines that are made by very dedicated and passionate people and then actually being able to sell the end product.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

03 Feb 2015

the Cape's Best from Boekenhoutskloof

the Cape's Best from Boekenhoutskloof

Cellar master Marc Kent standing in front of concrete eggs used for red wine fermentation

In just over two decades Boekenhoutskloof has made a name for itself as one of South Africa’s top wine producers. Founded in 1991, they quietly went about their business of setting up vineyards and in 1997 they produced a Syrah which was a showstopper, and they have been on the radar of every serious SA wine enthusiast since then.



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Posted by Oliver West   10:00:49

28 Jan 2015

New resealse on one of South Africa's icon wines

New resealse on one of South Africa's icon wines

Meerlust is a very historical farm by Cape standard, with the buildings dating back about 300 years, and they have long been a staff favorite

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

05 Jan 2015

Chenin Blanc at its finest (and most affordable)

Chenin Blanc at its finest (and most affordable)

Chenin Blanc is a very interesting white from the Loire Valley in france, and it can come in many different forms, from a dry table wine, to a sparkling wine, to a botrytised dessert wine

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

05 Oct 2014

A truely world class Bordeaux blend from South Africa

A truely world class Bordeaux blend from South Africa

Eikendal has been a high quality producer of red wines from the Helderberg region of Stellenbosch for a few decades.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

08 Aug 2014

Delicious cooler climate Chard from Buitenverwachting Winery

Delicious cooler climate Chard from Buitenverwachting Winery

Buitenverwachting…yes, we know…most people give up right there and go for the Kendal Jackson or something familiar and easy to pronounce.


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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

06 Aug 2014

Beautiful Cool Climate Sauvignon from historic vineyard

Beautiful Cool Climate Sauvignon from historic vineyard

We pride ourselves on having the finest selection of South African wines in the USA

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

06 Aug 2014

Five Star Platter Guide Shiraz

Five Star Platter Guide Shiraz

We get to try a lot of wine and every once in a while we come across one that just speaks to us, letting us know that what we have been fortunate to taste is of world class stature.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

14 Jul 2014

Delicious Shiraz from South African wine pioneer

Delicious Shiraz from South African wine pioneer

Graham Beck was born in Cape Town and was quite a successful entrepreneur with many different business holdings internationally.


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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

06 Jul 2014

Fantastic pricing on this cooler climate Chardonnay

Fantastic pricing on this cooler climate Chardonnay

Just about everyone likes a well made Chardonnay and we have come across an enticing deal on this Chardonnay from the higher elevation Elgin district of South Africa

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Posted by Libby   00:00:00

05 Jul 2014

World class sparkler from Graham Beck

World class sparkler from Graham Beck

Graham Beck is regarded as one of South Africa's more notable sparkling wine specialists.


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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

26 Jun 2014

The Field Blend - the first white from one of our favorite South African producers, Stark-Conde

The Field Blend - the first white from one of our favorite South African producers, Stark-Conde

Jose Conde, who's wines we have featured on numerous occasions, seems to continually push the envelope.


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Posted by Libby   00:00:00

13 Jun 2014

A world class Bordeaux blend from Stellenbosch

A world class Bordeaux blend from Stellenbosch

This is fast becoming one of South Africa's flagship wines and in due time will turn out to be one of the finest New World reds that could easily be compared with some of the Old World's finest red Bordeaux.


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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

11 Jun 2014

Interesting Rhone style white from the Cape

Interesting Rhone style white from the Cape

Fairview has been an innovator in the Cape winelands for decades. Charles Back took over the running of the farm from his father Cyril and has pioneered new grapes and regions.


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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

07 May 2014

We are very excited about this single vineyard Stellenbosch Cabernet

We are very excited about this single vineyard Stellenbosch Cabernet

When you come across the Stark Conde label you can rest assured that the wines will be of the finest pedigree.


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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

02 May 2014

Cabernet Franc from a top Cape producer

Cabernet Franc from a top Cape producer

In addition to being a hugely likeable guy, Bruwer Raats is also intensly serious about winemaking and geology.


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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

02 May 2014

Top 100 white wine from Hamilton Russell

Top 100 white wine from Hamilton Russell

The wines of Anthony Hamilton Russell are well known in South Africa and abroad. In addition to his eponymous Chard and Pinot, he makes the Southern Right (named after the whale) and the Ashbourne red and white.


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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

22 Apr 2014

A world class South African red from Delaire Graff

A world class South African red from Delaire Graff

South African wines have been getting better and better, with excellent wines coming in many different styles and varietals, from Pinot Noir to Rhone blends to Bordeaux blends to Sauvignon Blancs.


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Posted by Oliver West   00:00:00

29 Mar 2014

Delicious white blend from Boschendal winery

Delicious white blend from Boschendal winery

Boschendal is one of the more historical wineries in the Cape, dating back to 1685 when it was first granted to Huguenot Jean de Long who set about establishing one of the first farms in the valley

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

06 Mar 2014

Bordeaux style blend from top Cape producer with a Swiss connection

Bordeaux style blend from top Cape producer with a Swiss connection

Glen Carlou has been known for producing top Cape wines for two and a half decades. As a business, we have been carrying their Grand Classique for every vintage since 1997 except for 2007, and teh price has stayed the same all that time.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 Mar 2014

Cabernet from Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch

Cabernet from Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch

The Jonkershoek Valley is very small and only has about 5 wineries. we are fortunate enough to be able to sell this excellent esample of how good a Cabernet can be.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

27 Jan 2014

Extremely limited availability on this 5 Star Cabernet Franc from top South African producer

Extremely limited availability on this 5 Star Cabernet Franc from top South African producer

Well made Cabernet Franc might be one of the more interesting Bordeaux varietals out there

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

07 Jan 2014

South Africa's First Growth

South Africa's First Growth

Kanonkop is considered among the elite wine producers in South Africa. It is jokingly stated, with a fair amount of truth to it, that it is one South Africa's Grand Cru producers

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

14 Nov 2013

For those who think that good port only comes from Portugal...

For those who think that good port only comes from Portugal...

Although not well known outside South Africa, that country is capable of producing some very good port style wines, which makes sense if you look closely at the climate compared with the climate of Portugal.


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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 Oct 2013

World class white blend from the Hamilton Russell family of South Africa

World class white blend from the Hamilton Russell family of South Africa

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley first saw viticulture in earnest for the first time in the 1970’s, when Tim Hamilton Russell bought the farm and planted vines

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

28 Aug 2013

Old World style Chardonnay from one of SA's historic properties

Old World style Chardonnay from one of SA's historic properties

Under the stewardship of winemaker Chris Williams, Meerlust has been on a role lately.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

01 Aug 2013

New release of SA vinous treasure - MR de Compostella 2011

New release of SA vinous treasure - MR de Compostella 2011

Bruwer Raats is a man of large stature who can fill up a room with his voice, but if the truth be told he is a gentle giant.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

10 Jun 2013

A Rhone style white blend from South Africa!

A Rhone style white blend from South Africa!

Fairview has been a pioneering winery for about 4 decades, and now shows us South Africa's potential for white Rhone varieties.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

13 May 2013

Stunning Rose wine in the Provence style

Stunning Rose wine in the Provence style

This really is one of the best rose wines we have tried in a long time

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

05 May 2013

The Baby de Compostella - a seriously delicious wine from South Africa

The Baby de Compostella - a seriously delicious wine from South Africa

Bruwer Raats is one of the characters of the Cape winelands. He is serious, make that very serious, about Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.


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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

11 Mar 2013

Almost a baby Rombauer Chard...

Almost a baby Rombauer Chard...

A chardonnay with richness and weight, but with nice acidity and freshness from a 25 year old single vineyard...



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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

07 Feb 2013

In recognition of the Swartland Revolution and the wines of Chris Mullineux

In recognition of the Swartland Revolution and the wines of Chris Mullineux

A decade ago very few wine lovers would be familiar with the region of the Swartland, just north of Cape Town. Fortunately all that is changing...

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

05 Feb 2013

92 point WA shiraz from Ernst Gouws & Co

92 point WA shiraz from Ernst Gouws & Co

At the very end of last year the Wine Advocate did a review on the wines of South Africa.


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Posted by Libby   00:00:00

04 Sep 2012

Absolutely delicious dessert wine from South Africa

Absolutely delicious dessert wine from South Africa

South Africa has a long history with dessert wines, starting of course with the Constantia, produced in the 18th and 19th centuries, and its modern version, the Vin de Constance from Klein Constantia. More recently, we have seen excellent dessert wines come from newer producers like Mullineux and de Trafford. One producer that predates the modern era of South African wine is Fleur du Cap.


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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

27 Jun 2012

Exceptional Bordeaux blend from South Africa

Exceptional Bordeaux blend from South Africa

Few wine lovers have ever heard of De Toren, even those who follow South African wines.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

20 Jun 2012

South Africa's producer of top Burgundies

South Africa's producer of top Burgundies

Hamilton Russell Vineyards have been producing some of the finest Burgundy inspired wines in South Africa without the price tag.

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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

02 May 2012

Kanonkop strikes again

Kanonkop strikes again

For those who follow South African wines, Kanonkop is well understood to be one of that country’s most prestigious wineries...

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Posted by Oliver   13:23:47

06 Apr 2012

Great wines from Boekenhoutskloof

Great wines from Boekenhoutskloof

On my recent trip to the Cape I was lucky to visit a number of top Cape producers, including the 2012 Winery of the Year in Platter’s Wine Guide, Boekenhoutskloof. The winery is in Franschhoek, which means French Corner, named for the French Huguenot settlers that arrived in the valley in 1688.



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Posted by Oliver   13:47:00

01 Apr 2012

Adventures in the Agter-Paarl

Adventures in the Agter-Paarl

Another early morning jog on the trails above Coetzenberg which provide great views of the town of Stellenbosch and the Simonsberg which stands guard above wineries like Kanonkop and Thelema. Way off in the distance Table Mountain was visible.



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Posted by Oliver   12:45:00

30 Mar 2012

SA Trip highlights part II: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley wine tastings

SA Trip highlights part II: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley wine tastings

The first day of wine tasting on my trip, the day took us to a couple of top producers in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley of Hermanus.


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Posted by Oliver   01:34:00

28 Mar 2012

South Africa Trip Highlights Part I

South Africa Trip Highlights Part I

I was extremely lucky to be able to visit South Africa recently. It was a quickie trip but a lot of good stuff happened along the way.


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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

14 Mar 2012

The best white wine we have at the price, plus what to do while in SA

The best white wine we have at the price, plus what to do while in SA

Funny things can happen when you combine the stunning scenery of the Cape, something called the Oyster Festival, and the best white wine we have at its price...

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

17 Feb 2012

Graham Beck Brut Zero 2005

Graham Beck Brut Zero 2005

Another stylin' Champagne impersonator from Graham Beck. Sadly the man Graham Beck passed away recently, but the winery keeps turning out the goods.

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

01 Nov 2011

Simonsig Cabernet Shiraz 2010

Simonsig Cabernet Shiraz 2010

With a long history as a pioneer, and the production of some excellent wines, Simonsig wine farm in Stellenbosch has quite a story to tell...

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Posted by Oliver   00:00:00

05 Oct 2011

Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008

Glen Carlou Grand Classique 2008

A Zen garden, an art gallery, and a 92 point score...

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07 Sep 2011

Great option for white Burgundy lover

Great option for white Burgundy lover

The Chardonnay from Hamilton Russell can be looked at as a fine white Burgundy knockoff without the price tag.

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Posted by Oliver   12:08:00

27 Aug 2010

Meerlust Rubicon 2006

Meerlust Rubicon 2006

Meerlust is one of the most historic wine estates in the Cape. The estate was founded in 1693, which makes it over 300 years old. The modern era of wine making at the estate began in the early 1980’s with the first vintage of Meerlust Rubicon being produced in 1984.


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Posted by Gregg   00:00:00

26 Aug 2010

Shannon Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Shannon Sauvignon Blanc 2009

This wine came as a big surprise to us. Could this be the best Sauvignon Blanc from the Southern Hemisphere…?


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Posted by John   00:00:00

15 Aug 2010

The road less travelled

The road less travelled

A long journey by car, a kid that needs the rest room, and a glass of minerally chardonnay...



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01 Aug 2010

The show must go on

The show must go on

The end of an era? Long time South African wine pioneer passes away but it is business as usual at his properties.

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Posted by Oliver   10:02:00

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