Experience 4.5 Festivals & Events Wine 4.0

Masses of Fun and a little Chaos at the Ambeloui Harvest Festival

AMBELOUI WINE CELLAR Saturday 17 March 2018 http://www.ambeloui.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Wine – and life – is a funny old thing. A fun thing too! Ambeloui is the only winery that I have written a 3rd article on and...
Experience 3.5 Paarl Wine 4.0

Baby Thrown Out with the Bath Water?

BABYLONSTOREN Friday 9 March 2018 https://www.babylonstoren.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 Baylonstoren in Klapmuts, Paarl, always excites. It’s been a few years – before I formed the Cape Wine Lovers’ Society – since I tasted their wines at the farm. I’ve...
Experience 4.5 Paarl Wine 4.5

Back to the Future in the Berg of Paarl

BACKSBERG ESTATE CELLARS Friday 9 March 2018 http://backsberg.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The entrance signs to Backsberg – South West of Paarl and within clear sight of the granite domes – made it very clear. The Estate Cellars were the...
Experience 4.5 Festivals & Events Wine 5.0

Magnifico – Grazie Mille Idiom!

ITALIAN FESTIVAL AT IDIOM Sunday 4 March 2018 http://idiom.co.za/italian-harvest-festival-at-idiom/ http://idiom.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 As I write, I am trying to think of all those Italian stereotypes, politically incorrect as they are but always with a risotto grain of truth....
Experience 4.0 Helderberg Wine 4.0

Onderkloof Beats All the Odds Below The Valley

ONDERKLOOF WINE ESTATE Friday 2 March 2018 http://onderkloof.com/estate/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Look in the 2018 Platter’s Guide. The only mention of Onderkloof Estate is on a map at the back (page 647 if you’re really interested). It may surprise...
Experience 4.5 Helderberg Wine 5.0

Putting Capelands on the Cape Winelands Map!

CAPELANDS WINE FARM Friday 2 March 2018 http://capelands.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 5/5 Capelands? Capelands? Where the **** is Capelands? I hear you ask. I would have asked the same a week ago. It’s not a misprint for Cape Winelands. I’ll...
Experience 3.0 Helderberg Wine 3.5

View from the E-Skaap-ment

SKAAP WINES Friday 2 March 2018 https://www.skaapwines.com/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3.5/5 The view over False Bay from the top of the ridge was as sudden as it was glorious in the late summer morning sunshine. Somehow I did not expect...
Experience 4.0 Helderberg Wine 4.5

Lithos Wines Soar above Mountain and Forest

LITHOS WINES Friday 2 March 2018 http://lithos.co.za/WPBlog/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I was slightly late arriving at Lithos Wines, deep in the Wedderwell Country Estate in the Helderberg wine region beneath Sir Lowry’s Pass close by to Somerset West. Surrounding...
Experience 4.0 Festivals & Events Wine 4.0

PicknPay Pairs it again at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival

STELLENBOSCH WINE FESTIVAL Sunday 25 February 2018 http://www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 ‘At what speed does a champagne/MCC cork leave the bottle?’, Tiaan asked at the Pongrácz session of the PicknPay Wine Club tasting. The answer was 65 kilometres an...
Experience 3.0 Wellington Wine 3.5

Libby Would not have been Proud of Linton Park

LINTON PARK WINES LIBBY’S PRIDE WINES Tuesday 30 January 2018 http://www.lintonparkwines.co.za/ http://libbyspridewines.com/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Linton Park Wines was my first tasting in the Wellington Wine District – and one I want to forget. I had special reason to...