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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....
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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...
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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...
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Englishman Meets Mrs English at Classic Lanzerac

LANZERAC WINE ESTATE Friday 1 December 2017 http://www.lanzerac.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Cicadas purred in the morning sun in the vineyards as I arrived at Lanzerac, just east of the city centre of Stellenbosch. The approach was both classic and...
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A Kleine Experience at Zalze

KLEINE ZALZE WINES Saturday 28 October 2017 http://www.kleinezalze.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Rarely has an experience fallen so short of expectation. Rarely has an experience fallen so short of reputation. My partner had asked me to choose a wine estate...
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Bracing Brakes on the Red Wines at Remhoogte

REMHOOGTE WINE ESTATE Saturday 16 September 2017 http://remhoogte.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 3.5/5 I vowed at the Vineyard Hotel tasting of Remhoogte wines in late August that I would return to sample the full range at the estate. Today offered the...
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The Phoenix Rises from the Terroir at Thelema

THELEMA MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS Wednesday 13 September 2017 https://www.thelema.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Megan welcomed me into the open Tasting Room with a bright fire giving warmth to chase away the late afternoon spring chills. I had almost seen Thelema Mountain...
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Golden Wines at the End of the Rainbow

RAINBOW’S END WINE ESTATE Wednesday 13 September 2017 http://rainbowsend.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Wine tastings by appointment are always fun. Strip away the corporate gloss and you get to meet the winemaker or owner, who often is one and the...
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Delaire Graff Wines Sparkle

DELAIRE GRAFF ESTATE Wednesday 13 September 2017 http://www.delaire.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The view from Delaire Graff across the Helshoogte Mountain Pass that links Stellenbosch to Franschhoek – two of the Cape’s most famous wine-growing regions – was simply spectacular....
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Pastures Anew at Rustenberg

RUSTENBERG WINES Wednesday 13 September 2017 http://www.rustenberg.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Head up Ida’s Valley North-East of Stellenbosch and you will find a lovely road through rural countryside. The road continues for a further 2 kilometres past the entrance gate,...