Experience 4.5 Festivals & Events Wine 4.0

Grand Wines at the Big Top!

THE TOPS! AT SPAR WINE SHOW Thursday 14 December 2017 https://wineshow.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 ‘Welcome to Winedereland’ and ‘Life’s a Cabernet’ proclaimed the signs and marketing for the Tops! at Spar Wine Show. The Big Top theme was well...
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...
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 4.5 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

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...
Elim & Stanford Experience 3.5 Wine 3.5

Hand at Work Handiwork at Boschrivier Wines

BOSCHRIVIER WINES Thursday 23 November 2017 http://www.boschrivierwines.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 I was in a new wine tasting area today – Elim and towards Stanford. I had already visited Black Oystercatcher Wines and the Lomond Wine Estate. Boschrivier Wines and...
Experience 4.0 Oliphants River & West Coast Wine 4.5

Altitudes with Wine!

CEDERBERG WINES Friday 3 November 2017 http://www.cederbergwine.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4.5/5 An injured toe prevented me from taking part in the middle training day of the National Rescue Meet in the Cederberg. I turned that misfortune to advantage since I...
Experience 3.0 Stellenbosch Wine 3.5

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...
Experience 4.0 Swartland Wine 4.0

Great Value in the Swartland

SWARTLAND WINERY Friday 22 September 2017 http://www.swartlandwinery.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 My last port of call for my first tasting day in the Swartland was Swartland Winery, near Malmesbury. Despite the dry conditions of the area that allow the grapes...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 3.5

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...