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 4.0 Wine 4.0

Dreaming of a Wine Christmas

ONEIRIC WINES Thursday 7 December 2017 http://oneiric.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 All the grapes at Oneiric come from the estate, Carla said, as she hosted me for my wine tasting. She was a new employee, still daily commuting from the...
Durbanville Experience 3.5 Wine 4.0

Wine Notes Composed at D’Aria

D’ARIA WINERY Wednesday 6 December 2017 http://www.daria.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 The Tygerberg Valley Road threads its way past vineyards large and small, immensely popular and rarely visited: Durbanville Hills; Klein Roosboom; Hillcrest; Nitida; Maastricht; Blackwater; Bloemendal; David Frost; and...
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 4.5 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 5.0 Wine 4.5

Lost and Found at Lomond – 100s!

LOMOND WINE ESTATE Thursday 23 November 2017 https://www.lomond.co.za/ Experience: 5/5 Wines: 4.5/5 Where was the Tasting Room? The path down led to a Milkwood thicket with outdoor picnic tables and chairs and a make-shift wooden bar. There seem likely little...
Experience 4.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0 Wine Tour

More than Just a Destination

BENGUELA COVE LAGOON WINE ESTATE Sunday 1 October 2017 http://www.benguelacove.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Benguela Cove, like many vineyards, is one that I pass en route to or from Cape Town and never stop to visit. Today was different. I...
Experience 4.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0 Wine Tour

Sweet and Safe Times Pair Well with the Whales

WHALEHAVEN WINES Saturday 30 September 2017 http://www.whalehavenwines.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 It was time to put into port after spending a long time on my feet in The Village just outside Hermanus. My partner and I had already returned from our...
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 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0

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...