Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0

Peace but No Rest at Rust en Vrede

RUST EN VREDE ESTATE Thursday 14 March 2019 http://rustenvrede.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Rust en Vrede is one of those grand old ladies of South African wine estates that just has to be visited if you are a true wine...
Experience 5.0 Stellenbosch Wine 5.0

Syrah Pillars of Excellence at Haskell

HASKELL VINEYARDS Thursday 14 March 2019 https://www.haskellvineyards.com/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 I had long wanted to visit Haskell Vineyards – ever since I tasted their excellent Hades Syrah at the Tops! At Spar Wine Festival. It was almost 18 months...
Experience 3.0 Stellenbosch Wine 3.0

Dornier Disappoints

DORNIER WINES Friday 8 March 2019 http://www.dornier.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3/5 Dornier Wines was my second tasting venue for the day having made the short journey of just a few kilometres back down the Upper Blaauwklippen Valley, South of Stellenbosch,...
Experience 5.0 Stellenbosch Wine 5.0

Exciting, Excellent Keermont

KEERMONT VINEYARDS Friday 8 March 2019 https://www.keermont.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 I had wanted to visit Keermont Vineyards ever since tasting their excellent Syrah at the Charcuterie & Shiraz Festival in Franschhoek last year. My Cape Wine Academy Diploma student...
Experience 4.5 Festivals & Events Wine 5.0

Idiom Puts on a Festival Master Class

ITALIAN FESTIVAL AT IDIOM Sunday 3 March 2019 http://idiom.co.za/italian-harvest-festival-at-idiom/ http://idiom.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 I always look forwards to the annual Idiom Italian Festival, held at the estate that is North of Sir Lowry’s Pass village. The approach and the...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 3.5

One Day, Three Tastings, Five Wines and Seven Sisters

SEVEN SISTERS VINEYARDS Friday 1 March 2019 http://www.sevensisters.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 3.5/5 If you had asked me 30 years ago what the Seven Sisters are I would have said that they are a series of 7 chalk cliffs in my...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

Wines Merely to Lust After

MEERLUST Friday 1 March 2019 http://www.meerlust.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Meerlust is one of those famous, historic South African wine estates that one just has to visit. Today, I was visiting the estates South of Stellenbosch. I had just tasted...
Experience 4.5 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

Satisfaction in Getting My Ducks (and Wines) in a Row

VERGENOEGD LÖW ESTATE Friday 1 March 2019 https://vergenoegd.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I didn’t know much about Vergenoegd Estate before visiting. I had passed it several times travelling on the R310 from the N2 to West Stellenbosch, but had never...
Experience 3.5 Franschhoek Wine 3.5

Haven Rather than Heaven at La Bri

LA BRI ESTATE Friday 15 February 2019 https://www.labri.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 I passed La Bri as I headed up the Green Valley Road in Franschhoek to Holden Manz. I knew the estate was open for tasting after (many Valley...
Experience 4.5 Franschhoek Wine 4.0

Franschhoek’s Hidden Gem Is Reluctant to Reveal

HOLDEN MANZ WINE ESTATE Friday 15 February 2019 http://holdenmanz.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 My business at the Cape Chamonix wine estate in Franschhoek ended at lunchtime and so I decided to visit a couple of wine farms for tasting before...