Elgin Valley Experience 3.0 Wine 3.0

Next Time to Taste at Hannay

HANNAY WINES Thursday 7 December 2017 http://www.hannaywines.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3/5 (Yet to taste) There was a mix up by Hannay Wines that meant I could not taste at the time I had arranged. I did get to see the...
Durbanville Experience 4.0 Wine 4.0

Waxing Lyrical about Canto

CANTO WINES Thursday 7 December 2017 http://cantowines.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Everything was new at Canto Wines. Everything. As I arrived, a staff member was polishing the glass doors on the impressive Cellar and Tasting Room building. The white painted...
Elgin Valley Experience 4.5 Wine 4.5

A Cracker and a Stormer at Paul Wallace

PAUL WALLACE WINES Thursday 7 December 2017 http://paulwallacewines.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 It was pure luck that I visited Paul Wallace Wines today. Co-owner Nicky had been busy all day and we had agreed to meet at another time. Tastings...
Elgin Valley Experience 3.5 Wine 4.0

In the Highlands in the Lowlands of Elgin

HIGHLANDS ROAD ESTATE Thursday 7 December 2017 http://www.highlandsroadestate.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 It was over halfway through the tasting that the proverbial penny dropped … I had looked at the Highlands Road logo in simple blue and white for some...
Elgin Valley Experience 4.0 Wine 4.0

Dreaming of a Wine Christmas

ONEIRIC WINES Thursday 7 December 2017 http://oneiric.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 All the grapes at Oneiric come from the estate, Carla said, as she hosted me for my wine tasting. She was a new employee, still daily commuting from the...
Elgin Valley Experience 4.5 Wine 4.5

South over the Hills in Elgin

SOUTH HILL VINEYARDS Thursday 7 December 2017 http://www.southhill.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The very distinctive reversed ‘Ж’ symbol on the wine bottle label made me think of King Ken, the Chenin Blanc ‘king’ of Ken Forrester Vineyards. It wasn’t of...
Durbanville Experience 3.5 Wine 4.0

Wine Notes Composed at D’Aria

D’ARIA WINERY Wednesday 6 December 2017 http://www.daria.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 The Tygerberg Valley Road threads its way past vineyards large and small, immensely popular and rarely visited: Durbanville Hills; Klein Roosboom; Hillcrest; Nitida; Maastricht; Blackwater; Bloemendal; David Frost; and...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0

The Garagiste in the Garage at Sonklip!

SONKLIP WYN Friday 1 December 2017 https://www.facebook.com/SonklipWynWine Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Chrismie, a typical portmanteau name in Afrikaans, welcomed me to her home while husband, engineer and winemaker Frik made his way through late Friday afternoon traffic to host me....
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0

Neil’s Vines on the Tr-Ellis in Stellenbosch

NEIL ELLIS WINES Friday 1 December 2017 http://www.neilellis.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 I arrived for tasting at the ‘golden hour’ at Neil Ellis Wines just east of Central Stellenbosch at the start of the Helshoogte Pass. An hour sooner and...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

Clouds Reign in Stellenbosch

CLOUDS WINE & GUEST ESTATE Friday 1 December 2017 http://cloudsestate.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I headed up the Helshoogte Pass out of Stellenbosch not quite knowing what to expect from the Clouds Estate. As I entered the security gate to...