Western Cape, South Africa

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. — a day ago

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Ira Schwartz

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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.

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 😔 — 4 days ago

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Meerlust

Rubicon Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

Fantastic, but different than what you’d expect. Lighter- SA smoked ancient earth. Gooseberry, roasted jalapeños. Savory and charming. Medium bodied. — 10 days ago

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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.

94+

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..!
— 6 hours ago

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Posted Accord

Coffee Pinotage

Notes of coffee and cranberry. Absolutely wonderful. Not as full bodied as a zin but still great. — 3 days ago

Mountain Vineyards

Merlot

This was the Shiraz, not the Merlot.
Lovely, easy to drink on its own.
— 7 days ago

Delheim

Sur Lie Chardonnay 2018

my first sa chard.

100% single vineyard chardonnay.
9 months in 🌳(30% new).
20% of wine was allowed malolactic conversion.

12.5 % ABV

green with golden hue 👀

wood driven spices, green 🍎 and peach👃

medium + body.
medium + acidity.

green 🍎, peach and nectarine, lime peel and lemon oil, vanilla, cloves and hinted butter 👄

medium + pleasant 🎯

oomphi but still elegant. great wine making.
i believe the 3 years since vintage rounded it for the best. could wait a year or two for better results.

paired best with white fish basic ceviche but also not too bad with mozzarella (introduced as burrata) salad, rice and rattatuee and 'asian' grilled chicken with beans on the side.

ok-ish basic suburbia restaurant with lovely wine brought from my m8 wine fridge.
— 9 days ago

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Capensis

Graham Weerts Western Cape Chardonnay 2013

2021 Independence Day Party 🇺🇲 🥳 with several members of our Tastevin crew and extended friends.🍷 Proof that our palates are wider than Burgundy, outside of sanctioned events.🍾 Notes may be light, scores will be honest. 💯 — 19 days ago

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La Cave

Winemakers selection Wellington Chenin Blanc 2014

2014 vintage. Sparkling, Champagne method. Looks and tastes amazingly young. A delicious surprise — 2 days ago

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Kaapzicht Estate

Steytler Pentagon Red Blend 2017

Impressive. Made me think of a Spring Mountain Napa Valley cab. — a day ago

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