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...
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...
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...
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 3.5 Swartland Wine 3.5

Decent Wines Rock from the Pulpit

PULPIT ROCK WINERY Friday 22 September 2017 http://www.pulpitrock.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Pulpit Rock reminded me of my trip to the Wolseley area and of Mountain Ridge winery in particular. The tan concrete building set back a short distance from...
Experience 4.0 Swartland Wine 4.0

Magical Wines Star at Dragonridge

DRAGONRIDGE NATURAL WINES Friday 22 September 2017 http://www.dragonridge.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 ‘Don’t use the satnav, it will get you lost’, I was advised when I made my appointment to taste at Dragonridge. Today was my first tasting in the Swartland...
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...
Experience 4.5 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

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...