Paarl Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

Served going to a bunch of experienced palates. Was getting quite a few old Napa Cab guesses, some that were thinking it could have been either Australian Shirazzie or Washington Syrah. Shay mentioned it was likely a warmer climate, so he got that. I completely understand pretty much all of those guesses is this one seemed to have a little bit of a roasted black fruit, clove, barbecue kind of character to it. With salted kettle chips it definitely brought the barbecue and grilled character out. This wine still had plenty of depth and a lot of character displaying a surprising amount of pepper on the finish. In their youth, these have an insane amount of tannin despite being rather on the medium-bodied side, and I really was not experiencing that here. Much improved, smoother, tannins have fully integrated. Optimal time to consume this was probably three or four years ago but in my opinion it was doing quite well today. — 3 years ago

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Playing the blind wine game with Mark is always dangerous...with one of the most eclectic cellars, you never know what will be opened! Definitely agree with the roasted black fruits notes, as well as old fig and herbs de Provence as the main profile of this wine. The barbecue notes really came through with food. The fruit seemed to be from a warm climate with the slightly stewed notes as well as the staining of the tears on the glass. I felt fairly comfortable calling this a mid-‘80s Napa cab blend...very intriguing bottle, and while not a stunner, it showed better than I would have thought!


The Winemasters Special Late Harvest White Blend 2016

Sweet but not too sweet
Little kerosene taste
Good Riesling style
— 4 years ago


Manor House Shiraz 2013

Vintage 2013, opened on 14th July 2019. Oaky nose and full bodied berries scent. Sweet and smooth to palate, an easy drink. Garnished with tangy finishing and high tannins aftertaste. — 3 years ago


The Beautiful Lady Gewürztraminer

Sweet but awesome with food — 4 years ago


The Winemasters Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Gorgeous with a lil scotch fillet! Recommend!!! — 4 years ago


1791 Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Light body. Acidic and crisp. Tasty in the summer — 3 years ago

Thelema Mountain Vineyards

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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We had this with Oxtail dinner at Rattray’s in Mala Mala last night.

Not my usual detailed notes. This is ripe & lush like the Nederburg but with more complexity.

The palate showed ripe and slightly candied fruits of; dark currants, blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries and a hint of blue fruits. Nice softly layered baking spices, dark chocolate, mocha, rich, dark soils, some dry top, well done granitic minerals and fresh red and dark florals. The acidity round & beautiful. The finish, ripe, lush, well balanced & polished. Good QPR here.

Photos of, today’s Mala Mala sunrise, baby calf elephant along with the nearly 40 in the herd and a total of over 100 Elephants seen today, playful male dominance of the Giraffe’s intertwining and smacking necks/mid section and the grand prize, male spotted Leopard. An amazing finish to our last day.
— 3 years ago

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The Manor House Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Nice cab Sauvignon
Good after taste
Soft tannins
— 4 years ago


Lyric White Blend 2018

Great wine with a lot of flavor. Very good balance of flavors. — 4 years ago