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Raats Cabernet Franc 2012

Bruwer Raats has been making his single-variety Cabernet Franc since 2001, working with the same two Stellenbosch blocks from 2005 and the wines keep getting better. I thought the 2011 was terrific (see here) and wondered how he might possibly improve on it the short-term. He just has with the 2012. A really lovely array [...]

October 1, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 4 Comments

Jakob’s Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 and 2011

When it comes to reds, the wards of Hemel-en-Aarde are Pinot Noir country but Jakob’s Vineyards in the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge is rapidly making a name for itself as a Cabernet Sauvignon producer. The 2006 won the trophy for best museum class Cab at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show while the 2011 placed among [...]

October 1, 2014
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Avondale Armilla Blanc de Blanc 2009

Lots to recommend the Mèthode Cap Classique that is Armilla Blanc de Blanc 2009 from Avondale. The first MCC to carry a vintage designation from this Paarl property, it spent five years on the lees and contains tiny portions of every previous bubbly made since 2003. It shows a touch of reduction, lemon and a [...]

September 30, 2014
by Christian
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L’Avenir Single Block Chenin Blanc 2013

L’Avenir in Stellenbosch is probably best known for its Pinotage but don’t overlook the Chenin Blanc. The 1997 won the Chenin Blanc Challenge as run by Wine magazine in 1998 and the Single Block 2013 is the stand-out wine among the current releases. From a block planted in 1972, fermentation was started via inoculation in [...]

September 29, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Specialisation by appellation

It’s one of the signs of the maturing Cape wine revolution that winegrowing areas are tending to associations with particular varieties. It’s pretty safe to say, though, that (in common with other New World countries) South Africa will never make such associations part of law as it is in much of Europe – where the [...]

September 29, 2014
by Tim James
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L’Avenir Pinotage 1999

Last night a tasting of the eight vintages of Pinotage from Stellenbosch property L’Avenir to have won at the Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2011. The wines from 1996 to 2003 where made by the respected Francois Naudé and back in the day were among the most [...]

September 26, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Perdeberg The Dryland Collection Joseph’s Legacy 2012

Does the provenance of our food and drink matter? Of course it does. Spur beef – origin not declared, Chalmar grain-fed, Greenfields free-range. The more explicit the place of origin, the more careful the farming, the higher the premium. Today, a function featuring some of the winning wines from the 15th annual Paarl Wine Challenge [...]

September 25, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2012

The Syrah from Boekenhoutskloof has always been among the best that South Africa can do but I’m a bit underwhelmed by the current-release 2012 – have other producers improved their respective offerings to the point where this particular wine is no longer stand-out? Grapes, including a small percentage of whole bunch, were fermented naturally, the [...]

September 24, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 2 Comments
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Wine magazine was published from October 1993 until September 2011 and now lives on in digital form as Winemag.co.za. We cover everything to do with South African wine.