Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Franschhoek Viognier Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc 2015 $22 (4 stars)

This is one of my go to wines of the moment and this blend of 48% viognier 41% Chenin Blanc and 11% grenache blanc should be on your shopping list too.  Layers of white peach, apple, hints of citrus oil and jasmine and a mash-up of minerality on the finish make it a complex, juicy, […]

Badenhorst Secateurs Swartland Chenin Blanc 2017 $25.99

Hand harvested from nuggety old bushvines growing on grantite slopes, this Swartland chenin blanc is ultra-elegant and saturates the nose and palate with beautiful baked apple and spice, caramelised, creaminess, rich, generous and apple-pie like.  The acidity is fresh and frisky and its seriously lovely to drink.  South African chenin blanc is now a firm […]

De Morgenzon DMZ Western Cape Syrah 2013 $29.99

Intensely herbaceous, almost botanical elements on the nose combine with black olive, soy and smoky, savoury notes to create a bold, meaty mouthfeel. Add to that the big, chewy, furry tannins that buoy the dark fruits and cocoa layers, leaving a distinct leathery impression on the finish – and you’ve got a huge, take-no-prisoners syrah […]

Diemersdal Dubanville Pinotage 2015 $25

Just because it has pinot noir as it’s Dad, don’t be lulled into thinking pinotage going to be safe as a cardigan and slippers, oh no. Its mum is crazy old cinsault and she injects some meaty tannins, deep plum, concentrated berry and chocolate flavours, which make this an utterly unputdownable (technical term there) red […]

De Morgenzon DMZ Chenin Blanc 2015 $25 ★★★★½

This is the first time I’ve ever tried South African Chenin and if this is the standard, I’m a total convert.  Grown in the upper reaches of the Stellenboschkloof Valley in the Stellenbosch region, the vines which – no joke- they play baroque music to 24/7, have produced a creamy apple, crème caramel and nashi-scented […]

Graham Beck The Game Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $18 ★★★½

Designed in homage to the super-shy, South African Cape Leopard, one of Africa’s big 5 (but rarely seen) predators.  The fruit for this tobacco, berry and cedar-driven cabernet is sourced from vineyard sites in Robertson, Firgrove, and Stellenbosch and in Groenekloof; vineyards that incorporate a Beck property game reserve on the slopes of Rooiberg Mountain. […]

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