Experience 3.0 Restaurant Lunch & Dinner Stellenbosch Wine 3.0

Wine Dinners are Not For Me

ALLUVIA BOUTIQUE CELLAR GOBLETS & WINE CLUBS SA DINNER Tuesday 9 April 2019 http://wineclubssa.co.za/ http://www.alluvia.co.za/ http://www.camberley.co.za/#home-section Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3/5 I was invited by a friend to a dinner at the Alluvia Boutique Cellar near Stellenbosch. I knew little about...
Experience 3.5 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 4.0

Sip Sip Sip and Drip Drip Drip at Domaine des Dieux

DOMAINE DES DIEUX Thursday 4 April 2019 http://www.domainedesdieux.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 I prefer always to taste wines where they are made. Two years ago, I tasted a small selection of the Domaine des Dieux wines at the Vineyard Hotel...
Experience 4.0 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 4.0

Rain Meets Earth at Newton Johnson

NEWTON JOHNSON FAMILY VINEYARDS Thursday 4 April 2019 http://www.newtonjohnson.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 So much for the forecast of full sun, as I dashed amid heavy rain to the Newton Johnson Tasting Room. It was a short drive up the...
Experience 5.0 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 5.0

Eksteen Experiments in the Lower Valley

BARTHO EKSTEEN Thursday 4 April 2019 http://www.wijnskool.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 It was something of a relief to be sat around a table talking with Bartho Eksteen and tasting his wines. The morning had not been the easiest. The rain...
Experience 3.5 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

Bartinney Clings to the Mountain

BARTINNEY Thursday 28 March 2019 http://www.bartinney.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Bartinney was my third and final tasting of my day out to the Banhoek Valley area to the East of Stellenbosch at the base of the Helshoogte Pass. I had...
Experience 3.5 Stellenbosch Wine 3.0

Wines from the Orchards at Le Pommier

LE POMMIER WINE ESTATE Thursday 28 March 2019 http://www.lepommier.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3/5 I arrived later than planned at Le Pommier, located beside the Helshoogte Pass East of Stellenbosch. I had over-run my time at Oldenburg Vineyards beforehand so pleased...
Experience 5.0 Stellenbosch Wine 5.0

New Branding for Old-enburg is Perfect

OLDENBURG VINEYARDS Thursday 28 March 2019 https://www.oldenburgvineyards.com/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 5/5 It was after a late night at the Ed Sheeran concert that I left Cape Town for a day of wine tasting in Stellenbosch. The cloud base was low...
Experience 3.5 Franschhoek Wine 3.5

Vrede en Lust Struggled to Reveal it’s Delight

VREDE EN LUST Wednesday 20 March 2019 https://www.vnl.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Some tasting reviews are easier to write than others. There may be a particular story or ‘hook’ on which to hang an article. There may be a particular...
Experience 3.5 Franschhoek Wine 3.5

More Plaisir at de Merle Please!

PLAISIR DE MERLE Wednesday 20 March 2019 https://www.plaisirdemerle.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 There are wine estates that one frequently passes en route to or from others but never visits. Plaisir de Merle, on a straight section of the R45 between...
Experience 4.5 Franschhoek Wine 4.5

Swallowing Fine Wines at Paserene

PASERENE Wednesday 20 March 2019 https://www.paserene.com/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 I am racking my brain as I write to think whether or not I had heard of Paserene before I visited. The elegant, stand-out wine labels seemed familiar but I...