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...
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 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...
Education Experience 4.5 Wine Courses

Marching into France

CAPE WINE ACADEMY – DIPLOMA COURSE – MODULE 1 – DAY 2 Saturday 16 September 2017 http://www.capewineacademy.co.za/index.php Experience: 4.5/5 I remembered my assignment. I forgot my wine glasses. This was the first Cape Wine Academy assignment that I had to...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 4.0

Wines Out of the Barrel at Kanonkop

KANONKOP WINE ESTATE Friday 8 September 2017 http://www.kanonkop.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Japanese tourists fired a salvo of questions to the sommelier on one side of me in the Tasting Room at Kanonkop. On the other, a Chinese man was...
Durbanville Experience 3.0 Wine 3.0

Quantity over Quality at Durbanville Hills

DURBANVILLE HILLS Thursday 31 August 2017 https://www.durbanvillehills.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3/5 I almost missed the entrance to Durbanville Hills as I headed on the M13 West of Durbanville. The faded pale blue lettering on the drab concrete wall by the...