Category Archives: South Africa

2014 Fairview Shiraz mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black fruit typical of a Shiraz. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness along with some mild tannins. Not a … Continue reading

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2014 Helderberg Winery Cabernet Sauvignon mini review

Dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries to match the nose. Definitely a fruit forward wine. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm acidity and … Continue reading

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2015 Mulderbosch Chenin blanc

I last reviewed the 2014 vintage of this wine and enjoyed it. This one is pale in color with a nice crisp dry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some very nice crisp dry notes to match the … Continue reading

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2012 Manor House Cab sauv mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rich dark cherries backed by some firm acidity and smooth tannins on a medium length finish. I would give the wine an 88+ which … Continue reading

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Spice Route Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Pale in color with a nice grassy, citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the wine has some lovely grassy notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp acidity. The … Continue reading

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Graham Beck The Ridge Syrah 2012

Inky dark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with blueberry coming through very nicely. Big and bold this is a lovely wine. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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Barista Pinotage 2013

Dark in color with a rich nose of dark cherries and some dark chocolate. On the mid palate the wine displays some dark cherries to match the nose along with dark chocolate, some licorice and even some medicinal notes. The … Continue reading

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Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2012

I like my Cheins crisp and dry. This one is pale in color with a lovely nose of minerality. No sugar coming through here. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely citrus notes along with some minerality and … Continue reading

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The Chocolate Block 2012 Shiraz Blend mini review

Inky dark in color with a nose of black berries. On the mid pallet there are lots of dark berries to match the nose along with some chocolate/mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely dryness. … Continue reading

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2012 Fleur du Cap Chardonnay “Bergkelder Selection”

South Africa is the topic du jour it appears, as several of the past reviews have been from the ‘new’ world wine producing country. This is one varietal from a label that covers a large spectrum of grapes. The LCBO … Continue reading

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2011 Cape Heritage Inception “Deep Layered Red”

With a steady stream of wines in the $10-$15 range hitting the LCBO in time for summer season, there appears to be a good wave of South African entries. This new wine from the Distell conglomerate fits into that category … Continue reading

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2011 Durbanville Hills Shiraz

Following up John’s earlier review, today must be affordable Shiraz review day! The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) has often times seemed like an ugly behemoth who greatly inflates prices and restricts access. While not completely untrue, that image … Continue reading

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2012 Place in the Sun Shiraz

This Fair Label Organisation (FLO) Standards wine is my first review in a while. With a change domicile and ever increasing professional demands my content has decreased to a mere trickle while John continues to drink and blog with an … Continue reading

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