Category Archives: South Africa

Porcupine Ridge Rosé 2020

Salmon in color with a nice tart minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine starts out packing a good tart punch of cranberry and the like. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine peters out quickly … Continue reading

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Man Family Skaapveld Shiraz 2019

Dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black berries, almost blueberries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some softer herbal notes, mild white pepper and some dark chocolate. … Continue reading

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Franschhoek Cellar The Churchyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose along with a hint of match stick. On the mid palate the wine displays nice dark cherries, and dark chocolate notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some edgy … Continue reading

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Simonsig Labyrinth Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Dark in color with nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries, and black currants overwhelmed by strong white pepper and very noticeable alcohol … nice and dry! There are some chocolate notes … Continue reading

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Simonsig Chardonnay 2017

Pale in color with a lovely apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays beautiful vibrant apple and pear to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and acidity. It’s slightly creamy … Continue reading

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Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay 2017

Pale to slightly golden in color with a nice apple/pear varietal nose … On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely elegant pear and apple along with some nice vanilla notes. The wine displays some nice creamy … Continue reading

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Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2017

I like my Chenin’s dry rather than sweet. This one caught my eye at 3g/l. Pale in color with a nice mild minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft minerality along with a hint of honeysuckle. … Continue reading

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Swartland Winemaker’s Collection Chenin Blanc 2018

Pale in color with a honey suckle nose. On the mid palate the displays some sharp acidity, some smokey/flinty notes and some minerality. This is an odd/funky chenin. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice mouth grip … Continue reading

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Sutherland Pinot Noir 2015

Garnet in color with a strawberry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays strawberries to match the nose. On the lighter side of medium length in finish the wine displays some gentle tannins and acidity along with some mocha … Continue reading

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Rustenberg Chardonnay 2016

Slightly golden in color with a nice varietal apple/pear nose. On the mid palate this is a smooth well made chard, with apple and pear to match the nose. The wine is more of a gently oaked style with some … Continue reading

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Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Pale in color with a mild minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely crisp, dry minerality to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine is super dry with some nice … Continue reading

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2017 Big Bill Sauv Blanc

This is from the general list. Billy’s best bottles has made a career out of climbing through the extensive general list and finding those gems. This one came on my radar as part of Natalie Macleans wine of the week. … Continue reading

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The Winery of Good Hope Reserve Pinot Noir 2016

Darker in color than a normal pinot noir, with a mild nose of soft red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some unusual smokey notes, some soft red berries, nothing close to strawberries along with some woody/earthy notes. … Continue reading

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Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2017

Every now and then a Chenin comes through the LCBO from South Africa that catches my eye. Wines from the Vouvray region of France are primarily Chenins. At there best, they are lovely, crisp dry, food friendly wines. This one … Continue reading

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Ernie Els Big Easy 2016

Dark in color with a red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft red cherry notes. For a wine that’s 60% Syrah, the Syrah oddly isn’t coming through. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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Rustenberg Buzzard Kloof Syrah 2014

As we all know, Syrah and Shiraz are the same grape with different names. The difference being the style the wine is made in. This one is inky dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid … Continue reading

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Tussock Jumper Chenin Blanc 2017

Pale in color with a minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with loads of crisp dry minerality coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively acidity and maybe some citrus … Continue reading

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2006 Meerlust Rubicon

I had the pleasure of attending my first ever South African Wine Society event where they were featuring a vertical of 10 of Meerlust’s Rubicon Bordeaux blend wine. This one was the star of the night for me. Inky dark … Continue reading

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2015 Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay

Pale in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays varietal apple and pear notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish there’s some mild vanilla notes along with some nice acidity. This … Continue reading

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2014 Cathedral cellars Cab sauv

I was over at Prohibition the other day and they had this wine on for $5 a glass as part of their hooch hour. So WTF … why not. Dark in color with a nice fruity cherry nose. On the … Continue reading

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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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