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

A Cracker and a Stormer at Paul Wallace

PAUL WALLACE WINES Thursday 7 December 2017 http://paulwallacewines.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 It was pure luck that I visited Paul Wallace Wines today. Co-owner Nicky had been busy all day and we had agreed to meet at another time. Tastings...
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

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,...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.5

Water into Wine at Uitkyk

UITKYK WINE ESTATE Friday 8 September 2017 https://www.uitkyk.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Nature welcomed me at Uitkyk: balmy spring sunshine, cattle resting in their enclosure, birds singing their joys, pretty garden flowers in all colours, and the sound of running...
Experience 4.0 Festivals & Events Wine 3.5

Purring at the Wines in Tyger Valley

TASTE OF TYGER VALLEY WINE FESTIVAL 30 June 2017 https://www.tygervalley.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Tyger Valley Centre was a bold and unusual place in which to hold a wine festival (R150 entry fee). I hadn’t been shopping here before, parked at...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0

How Do You Grow a Vineyard Like Maria?

NEETHLINGSHOF WINE ESTATE Friday 5 May 2017 https://neethlingshof.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 The drive from Clos Malverne to Neethlingshof was barely 10 kilometres. The contrast was far greater than the distance and in so many ways too. The grand, white...
Durbanville Experience 4.5 Wine 4.5

Diemersdal has Six Appeal

DIEMERSDAL WINE ESTATE Saturday 8 April 2017 http://diemersdal.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 The Stormers were home to the Chiefs later today. Two teams, both unbeaten in the first 5 games of the Super Rugby season, promised a titanic match. My...
Constantia Valley Experience 4.0 Wine 4.0

Beyond Expectation

BUITENVERWACHTING Saturday 17 December 2016 http://www.buitenverwachting.com Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 My partner and I followed the winding road through the sunny meadows. We remembered, at last, that Buitenverwachting is closed for wine-tasting on Sundays. The Public Holiday on Friday had...