Durbanville Experience 3.5 Wine 3.5

Sublime Sauvignon Blanc Makes up for Variable Bloemendal

BLOEMENDAL WINE ESTATE Monday 15 July 2019 http://www.bloemendalwines.co.za Dr Peter Rating – Experience: 3.5/5 Dr Peter Rating – Wines: 3.5/5 Bloemendal did not entirely make my arrival easy. The slide across sign at the entrance gate indicated that both the...
Durbanville Experience 4.0 Wine 4.0

No Blues at Hillcrest

HILLCREST ESTATE Monday 15 July 2019 https://www.hillcrestfarm.co.za/ Dr Peter Rating – Experience: 4/5 Dr Peter Rating – Wines: 4/5 Set on the curve in the bend of the Tygerberg Valley Road midway between Table View and Durbanville, Hillcrest is easily...
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 3.5 Franschhoek Wine 4.0

Old Oaks at La Bourgogne

LA BOURGOGNE FARM Friday 5 July 2019 http://www.labourgogne.co.za/ Dr Peter Rating – Experience: 3.5/5 Dr Peter Rating – Wines: 4/5 La Bourgogne nestles beside a tributary of the Franschhoek River barely 1 kilometre south of the Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek....
Experience 4.0 Walker Bay & Bot River Wine 4.0

From the Angel Gabriel to the Arch Angel

ARCANGELI VINEYARDS Friday 29 April 2019 http://www.arcangeliwines.com/ Experience: 4/5 Wines: 4/5 Apart from a brief stop to collect a bottle of MCC from Genevieve for later review, I drove from Gabriëlskloof to Arcangeli for my next tasting on my day...
Experience 3.0 Stellenbosch Wine 3.0

Dornier Disappoints

DORNIER WINES Friday 8 March 2019 http://www.dornier.co.za/ Experience: 3/5 Wines: 3/5 Dornier Wines was my second tasting venue for the day having made the short journey of just a few kilometres back down the Upper Blaauwklippen Valley, South of Stellenbosch,...
Experience 4.0 Sommelier

Speed Tasting with Sommelier ‘Royalty’ at my First SASA Meeting

SOUTH AFRICA SOMMELIER ASSOCIATION – TECHNICAL TASTING AT KLEIN CONSTANTIA Monday 28 January 2019 https://sommeliers.org.za/ Experience: 4/5 The number of educational providers, let alone wine-tastings, in and around Cape Town is overwhelming at the best of times. The busy harvest...
Experience 4.5 Franschhoek Wine 4.0

Oh-MG at Anthonij Rupert

FRANSCHHOEK MOTOR MUSEUM AND ANTHONIJ RUPERT WYNE Sunday 14 January 2018 https://www.rupertwines.com/ http://www.fmm.co.za/ Experience: 4.5/5 Wines: 4/5 My partner and I have an agreement that we each plan each other’s Birthday Day in secret. The occasion doesn’t always involve wine but...
Elgin Valley Experience 3.5 Wine 4.0

In the Highlands in the Lowlands of Elgin

HIGHLANDS ROAD ESTATE Thursday 7 December 2017 http://www.highlandsroadestate.co.za/ Experience: 3.5/5 Wines: 4/5 It was over halfway through the tasting that the proverbial penny dropped … I had looked at the Highlands Road logo in simple blue and white for some...
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...