Franschhoek Valley, Coastal Region

Dieu Donne

Unwooded Chardonnay 2022

Medium acid drives a delicate salinity and ripe canned peaches. Balanced and lovely. — 9 days ago

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Botanica

Citrusdal Mountain Chenin Blanc 2017

South African Chenin from the Devon Valley. Intense aromas and flavors of lemon zest and melon. Hints of apple and pear. A touch of minerality completes this complex white. Fruit forward but not sweet. Full, crisp and round. Left on the lees for nine months. Just a bit of oak aging. Balanced acidity. Just a terrific wine. Great with Asian take out. Thanks Kase! — 2 years ago

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Garth Scholtz

Garth Scholtz

The winery is in Devon Valley but the grapes for this wine come from Skurfberg in Citrusdal (around 3 hours north of Cape Town) where some of SA's most epic Chenin Blanc is grown.
Ray Vanderhoff

Ray Vanderhoff

Appreciate the intel, Garth. We wanted to participate in #spectacularsouthafrica last weekend, and we really enjoyed this wine.

Anthonij Rupert

Protea Shiraz 2017

Might be my favorite rosé — 3 years ago

Le Lude

Cap Classique Brut Reserve White Blend 2013

Second vintage after founding. Much better than NV, has warm biscuit and yeast flavors with balanced acid. Very good — 12 days ago

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Graham Beck

Premier Cuvee Brut Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay 2010

Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs Nr 90213
Brut
199:-
Flaska , 750 ml
Sydafrika
Sydafrika , Western Cape , Breede River Valley , Robertson
— 3 years ago

Clendenen Family Vineyards

The Pip Santa Maria Valley Nebbiolo 2014

#Nebbiolo is a surprisingly rare grape. Even in its native Piedmont, it accounts for only 8% of vineyard land. There are fewer than 100 hectares planted in the United States. 🕵️‍♂️🍇
Over 80% of prewar Italian immigrants came from Sicily and Southern Italy. Piedmont was the wealthiest and most politically dominant region. But if fortunes were reversed, could Nebbiolo have taken Primitivo/Zinfandel’s place as a grape relatively uncommon on the boot but dominant in California? 🤔🇮🇹🇺🇸
Probably not. The Nebbiolo vine is *not* for beginners. It flowers early and ripens late, making it susceptible to both spring and autumn frosts. It loves the occasional fog bath (some say the name is derived from ‘nebbia’, Italian for fog ☁️☁️☁️) but is prone to the mildew that may result from such humid conditions. Its fussiness would make Pinot Noir blush: it demands southwesterly exposure, a proper gradient, constant sun above, and fog licking at its toes.
#diva
Sound anything like California’s Central Coast? 🌅
In the Santa Maria Valley, where the East-West Transverse Range bends back into the North-South Coastal Range, it’s possible. Vineyard selection still requires extreme discretion - an eye like @JimClendenen’s, perhaps.
Jim began the Nebbiolo program at the legendary
#BienNacido vineyard in 1994. Production is small, but if you track down his “The Pip” Nebbiolo, it will only run you about $30. You’ll believe anything is possible when you have real California Nebbiolo of this quality come wafting out of the glass at you! 🙌🙌
🏞.“The Pip” is named after Jim’s old cellar dog Pip, a border collie. So it only seemed right to include one of our own pips! 🐈
— 3 years ago

Paserene

'Dark' Syrah

Very peppery, concentrated ripe fruit. — 13 days ago

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Boekenhoutskloof

The Chocolate Block Cinsault Blend 2020

This is really nice. It’s got a kick without being too……..you know — 9 months ago

de Trafford

Elevation 393 Red Blend 2007

This Stellenbosch Cabernet blend gets its name from being 393 metres above sea level. Deep Ruby in colour. Aromas of coal dust, liquorice, Tomato Bush, Capsicum and stalky green Notes. On the palate initial impressions were lacking in fruit. More austere than expected. Certainly very different to most Napa Valley Cabernets that I’ve had. Medium bodied. I bought this wine in 2012 at the cellar door and it was quite the trek to drive to de Trafford over many dirt roads. One of the 1001 wines. — 3 years ago

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Kanonkop Estate

Paul Sauer Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

Deep blackish red. Complex nose of cassis, tobacco, bellpepper, vanilla, cedar wood. Full-bodied, mouthfilling, palate confirms the nose, high alcohol, medium and lively acidity, medium+ but super soft tannins, also suprisingly high amount of minerality. Very long afterhall. Very nice drinking now but with a lot more to come. Ridiculous value for money! For just 35€ this wine is in a league similar to second cru bordeaux or the better napa valley cabs. (And also the first ever south african wine recieving 100/100 tim atkin pts! Get it while it‘s cheap 😅) — 4 years ago

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Believe this just got some insanely killer reviews. Need to try it out