The rapid renaissance of the South African wine business after the fall of apartheid has been remarkable and continues apace. Clustered, mostly, around the Cape, South Africa’s vineyards produce a charming variety of wines of all persuasions – red, white, sweet and sparkling.[Read more...]
2017 ROAN RANGER Cinsault Grenache Mourvèdre Withington
Western Cape South Africa 13.5% Red
Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault.
As the name comedically suggests, the Roan ranger is inspired by and nicely apes the Rhône valley style of wine. Nice plump ripe fruit with a healthy dose of sweet peppery spice.L&S
2019 RUSTENBERG John X Merriman
Stellenbosch South Africa 14% Red
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot.
43.5% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 7.5% Petit Verdot. A powerful wine that rewards aging. In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, black currant and dark fruits complemented with cigar...(read more)Winemaker's notes
2013 ESTATE RESERVE Glenelly Estate
South Africa Red
Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot.
This is the second tier red from Glenelly, made from Syrah blended with a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Elegant, focused style, black fruit with clarrty cigar both as well as good dense sweet black...(read more)L&S
2018 HANNIBAL Bouchard Finlayson
Stellenbosch South Africa 13.5% Red
Mourvèdre, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Barbera, Pinot Noir.
Supple dried cherry, blackberry and savoury meat burst underpinned by a tobacco and green olive core. An appealing mid-palate grip is counter-balanced by refreshing acidity – hinting that patience will be greatly rewarde...(read more)Winemaker's notes
2018 RUSTENBERG Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon
South Africa 14.5% Red
The “Peter Barlow” derives its name from the man who bought the property in 1941 and lovingly restored it to become a South African icon in the wine industry. Being made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the oldest viney...(read more)Winemaker's notes
2019 DAMASCENE Cabernet Franc Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch South Africa 13% Red
The 2019 Cabernet Franc is even better than the 2018: floral, spicy, linear and savoury, food friendly and happily without the overt herbal notes that mar so many other - more overworked - examples.Michael Fridjhon
2019 DAMASCENE Syrah Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch South Africa 12.5% Red
Beautifully floral aromas, with a touch of greenness that gives freshness. This evolves into graphite, black pepper and blackberry characters with a reductive edge that accentuates the aromatics. This is definitely a sav...(read more)Matt Walls, Decanter.com
2014 LADY MAY Grand Vin Glenelly Estate
South Africa Red
The 2014 Lady May is naturally fermented and matured in 300-liter French oak. Two bottles were tasted, one slightly oxidized, the other much more representative, offering vibrant blackberry and bilberry fruit and scents...(read more)Neal Martin, www.vinous.com
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