Experience 4.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0

From the Angel Gabriel to the Arch Angel

ARCANGELI VINEYARDS Friday 29 April 2019 http://www.arcangeliwines.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Apart from a brief stop to collect a bottle of MCC from Genevieve for later review, I drove from Gabriëlskloof to Arcangeli for my next tasting on my day...
Experience 4.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.5

Villion Pairs with Barton in Bot Rivier

VILLION FAMILY WINES BARTON VINEYARDS & VILLAS Friday 14 April 2019 http://www.villionwines.com/ https://www.bartonvineyards.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Villion was the first wine estate I visited during a tasting day in Bot Rivier. The winemaker is Kobie Viljoen who worked for...
Experience 4.0 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Wine 4.0

Ghostly Clouds Swirl at Spookfontein

SPOOKFONTEIN Thursday 4 April 2019 http://www.spookfontein.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 My last tasting of the day was my first trip down the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, having worked my way up from Bartho Eksteen to Newton Johnson to Domaine des Dieux. The...
Experience 3.5 Festivals & Events Wine 3.5

The Cut ‘n’ Paste Stellenbosch Wine Festival Comes to Cape Town

STELLENBOSCH WINE FESTIVAL Sunday 7 April 2019 http://www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 I missed the Stellenbosch Wine Festival at its usual home on the Coetzenburg Sports Ground in Stellenbosch this year. I was not too bothered as I had been...
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 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...
Experience 4.0 Franschhoek Wine 4.0

Leaping to the Right Conclusions

LEOPARD’S LEAP FAMILY VINEYARDS Wednesday 20 March 2019 https://www.leopardsleap.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Leopards have always had a very special place in my heart. If I was to name my favourite animal it would be a leopard, strong and lithe...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0

Peace but No Rest for 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 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...