Experience 3.5 Franschhoek Wine 3.5

Hope Lies High in the Valley

HAUT ESPOIR Friday 5 July 2019 https://www.hautespoir.com/ Dr Peter Rating – Experience: 3.5/5 Dr Peter Rating – Wines: 3.5/5 As I headed up the tree-lined paved driveway, young vines and olive trees to the side, I tried to translate Haut...
Experience 3.0 Franschhoek Wine 3.5

Le Lude Left Me Feeling Flat

LE LUDE MÉTHODE CAP CLASSIQUE ESTATE Friday 5 July 2019 https://lelude.co.za/ Dr Peter Rating – Experience: 3/5 Dr Peter Rating – Wines: 3.5/5 Held up by slow traffic, I played my own car game to pass the time. It was...
Experience 3.5 Stellenbosch Wine 3.5

Com-fort-able Wines at Fort Simon

FORT SIMON WINE ESTATE Saturday 29 June 2019 http://www.fortsimon.com/ Dr Peter Rating – Experience: 3.5/5 Dr Peter Rating – Wines: 3.5/5 I said to Nicholas in the Tasting Room as I arrived that I did not think there were too...
Experience 3.5 Stellenbosch Wine 3.5 Wine Tour

Superb Views of Guardian Peak

GUARDIAN PEAK WINES Friday 26 April 2019 https://www.guardianpeak.com/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Guardian Peak was the fourth and final wine estate I visited during my mini-break to some of the wine estates in the ‘golden triangle’, South of Stellenbosch. The...
Experience 3.5 Festivals & Events Wine 3.5

The Cut ‘n’ Paste Stellenbosch Wine Festival Comes to Cape Town

STELLENBOSCH WINE FESTIVAL Sunday 7 April 2019 http://www.stellenboschwinefestival.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 I missed the Stellenbosch Wine Festival at its usual home on the Coetzenburg Sports Ground in Stellenbosch this year. I was not too bothered as I had been...
Experience 3.5 Franschhoek Wine 3.5

Vrede en Lust Struggled to Reveal it’s Delight

VREDE EN LUST Wednesday 20 March 2019 https://www.vnl.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 Some tasting reviews are easier to write than others. There may be a particular story or ‘hook’ on which to hang an article. There may be a particular...
Experience 3.5 Franschhoek Wine 3.5

More Plaisir at de Merle Please!

PLAISIR DE MERLE Wednesday 20 March 2019 https://www.plaisirdemerle.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 There are wine estates that one frequently passes en route to or from others but never visits. Plaisir de Merle, on a straight section of the R45 between...
Experience 3.0 Stellenbosch Wine 3.5

Peter Falke Didn’t Knock my Socks Off

PETER FALKE WINES Thursday 14 March 2019 http://peterfalkewines.com/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3.5/5 It made sense to pay a tasting visit to Peter Falke Wines as I was in the Annandale Valley for the day. The valley, to the South of...
Experience 4.0 Stellenbosch Wine 3.5

One Day, Three Tastings, Five Wines and Seven Sisters

SEVEN SISTERS VINEYARDS Friday 1 March 2019 http://www.sevensisters.co.za/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 3.5/5 If you had asked me 30 years ago what the Seven Sisters are I would have said that they are a series of 7 chalk cliffs in my...
Experience 3.5 Franschhoek Wine 3.5

Haven Rather than Heaven at La Bri

LA BRI ESTATE Friday 15 February 2019 https://www.labri.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 3.5/5 I passed La Bri as I headed up the Green Valley Road in Franschhoek to Holden Manz. I knew the estate was open for tasting after (many Valley...