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...
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...
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

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 4.0 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...
Elim & Stanford Experience 4.0 Wine 4.0

No Black Marks at Raka

RAKA WINES Thursday 23 November 2017 http://rakawine.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Raka Wines was but a stone throw from Boschrivier Wines some 17 kilometres South East of Stanford in the Akkedisberg area, and one and a half hours drive from...
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...