South Africa

Lismore

Pinot Noir 2011

Purple hue. A little closed on the nose - iris and blueberry coming through with coaxing. A mouth filling palate that appears to have show a warm year, fairly sweet and a little thick, perhaps lacking the of freshness and length of the 2018 reserve. Mix of black currant and bilberry flavours. Not as easy to like as the 18 and less clear ageing trajectory. — 2 days ago

Grande Provence

Chenin Blanc 2018

Kumquat and cantaloupe. Lighter than a typical SA chenin- a little mineral. Good park wine! — 3 days ago

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Granite Ridge

Cinsault

Light-bodied, earthy, mild spice. Stone fruit. — 5 days ago

Proef Konyn

Skin Macerated White 2019

From the June wine share, IIRC. Sour apple, cherry blossoms, then yeah just lots and lots of apples lol, slightly dank but I like it 🤔 To accompany grilled pork and corn 🌽 Update: as this warms up, it becomes a “fall wine”. I wish I’d saved this because it’s difficult to drink during these hot days 😔 — 12 days ago

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Savage Wines

Follow the Line Western Cape Cinsault Blend

2018 vintage. An absolutely gorgeous Cinsault from 39 years old vines. Beautiful nose of pomegranate, rose petals and a hint of rosemary. This is all about delicate extractions and elegance. Burgundian-like finesse with bright red fruit, fresh acidity and velvety tannin. Very good length with subtle spices. Highly recommended. — 9 days ago

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@Stefan Dolhain Very timely , as I literally bought a bottle of his Syrah yesterday because I was not familiar with it and it sounded interesting.
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@Ira Schwartz tasted the Syrah too today. Very good also, even if I prefer the Cinsault. Duncan Savage is a great winemaker.

Conradie Family Vineyards

Pinotage Blend 2020

Medium body, a little sweeter for a South African wine but in a good way. — 4 days ago

Bob's African Wines

Chenin Blanc 2018

Delicious and spot on for summer patio lunch (grilled shrimp and creamy grits etc)…great volumous mouthful and generous stone fruit (peach) with just enough acid verve. Quaffable :) 13$ — 6 days ago

Storm Wines (South Africa)

Vrede Pinot Noir 2018

Some wines knock you off your feet immediately, while others take time to do so. Storm Wines’ 2018 ‘Vrede’ Pinot Noir initially took a lot of examination, and changed dramatically between the hour’s decant I’d given it and the following 2-3 hours of drinking. At first, the very vibrant aromas of this young Pinot from South Africa’s esteemed Hemel-en-Arde valley were reminiscent of a pungent negroni, with a touch of Parma Violet and star anise. With time, however, these slightly confected qualities gave way to an impressive savoury bouquet of cranberry, rooibos, beef blood, iron and bitter orange (that Campari scent stuck around, and all the better for it). The palate, in this wine’s case, was even more impressive, continuing to display a savoury profile with a fabulous, zesty mouthfeel and supple tannins.

All in all, this is a beautifully fragrant, youthful PN with a bright future ahead. South Africa isn’t exactly known for its old vines (some Chenin aside), and those of Storm’s were only planted in 2008. Exciting things, then, for this winery. Everyone’s perception of value is different, but at £32/bottle here, it’s easy to recommend getting a case or two.

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PS. An added comment - I love the understated labels of Storm‘s wines, but I do wish they’d go back to the wax seal of previous vintages. Wax over foil every day of the week for me..!
— 8 days ago

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Amarula

Marula Fruit Cream Liqueur

Creamy berry flavor. Strong strong smell but good taste — 3 days ago

Holden Manz

Avant Garde Collection Chardonnay 2019

‘19 Holden Manx Barrel Fermented Chardonnay. Standout orchard fruits highlighted by peach pit/mango mid palate…not hiding behind toasty new oak. It’s still creamy & round, with just enough acidity to balance. — 6 days ago

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Ron R

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What’s the back-story here, @David L? Thanks.
David L

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@Ron R Sean & his son @Greg Ballington started importing wine for distributing from South Africa. This is one of many wines they are carrying. Don’t know how many states they’re in as of yet.