Stellenbosch, Coastal Region

Rudi Schultz

Stellenbosch Syrah 2015

Greg Ballington
9.0

Deep garnet with a ruby hue. A bit mute to start on the nose with some smoked meats, white spices and dusty. A little bit of dark fruits and floral notes with some air. Medium tannins (6/10) and well balanced. Bacon on the attack with graphite, black fruits, and spices. Long finish. Drink till 2022. | Sample from distributor. — 7 days ago

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Delaire (Laurence Graff Wines)

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Greg Ballington
8.9

Last of the reds in our South African blind tasting. First reserve wine we have tried from Delaire Graff, interested in trying some more of their wines. Deep ruby core with garnet edges. Herbal notes on the nose with some cherries. Solid acidity and medium tannins (6/10). Medium bodied with some nice complexity on the palate. Notes of cherries, blackberries, cassis, spices, mint, herbal and earthiness. Dry with a medium plus to long finish. Drink till 2020. — 11 days ago

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Beeslaar

Stellenbosch Pinotage 2016

Abrie Beeslaar private project where Kanonkop allows him to make some bottles under his own name at the Kanonkop winery. This is the 5th vintage of this beautiful, completely a-typical pinotage. Silky,thick and abundant in fruit. No smokiness at all but length and style. Lovely. — 12 days ago

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Delheim

Grand Reserve Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2001

Oh boy....90 min decant time has given this Grand Reserve South African cab all the air it needs. Huge fruit and intense oak are very present. Touches of cedar, pepper and mint follow a really substantial finish and a juicy full mouth feel. This is massive wine with great structure and just quintessentially SA. Reminds me of our time in the African Bush tracking wild game, and having drinks in the safety of our trackers as we wondered around the plains near our open-air LandRover. — 19 days ago

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Oh man.....love a good solid merlot...so underated!!

Keermont

Terrasse White Blend 2015

Greg Ballington
9.2

First of the blind white wines for our South African blind tasting. This bottling by Keermont Vineyards is still just a baby that needs some time to fully open up and needs to be around cellar temperature to be enjoyed. Light pale yellow with a muted nose. A touch of floral notes and a little bit of stone/tropical fruits. High acidity (7/10) with a slow attack moving towards a medium to medium plus body. Notes of lemon zest, peaches, and solid minerality on the palate. Really pulls nicely together with the acidity in the long finish. Drink till 2027.

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Tremendous blend on this wine. It just needed a little time to warm up. Absolutely delightful. Thank you again for the amazing collection of South African wines.@Greg Ballington
9.2
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Kanonkop Estate

Simonsberg Stellenbosch Pinotage 2011

Greg Ballington
9.6

@Delectable Wine this is the 2011 Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage.

Sixth of the reds in our South African blind tasting. This is the benchmark bottling's older brother. Bigger and badder. Deep purplish red. Lovely and powerful nose with dark cocoa, espresso beans, dark plums, and blackberries. Heavy tannins (7/10) and full bodied. Explosive palate with tons of dark berries and spices. Excellent structure and rounded body. Long and lingering finish, built for the long haul. Drink till 2037.
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@David L first time for us too, got to grab some when we go back

Ken Forrester

Barrel Selection Stellenbosch Roussanne 2015

Interesting. Alcohol is a bit prominent, oak a bit pronounced and there's a very evident lactic quality to it. The grape's usual delicate jasmine tea aromatics are a bit muted amidst all the richness. Which all sounds like pejoratives but, in the end, the wine itself is voluptuous and delicious and quite more-ish so goes to show it's the end result rather than dogmatic ideals that really matter with wine. — 3 days ago

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Hartenberg

Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Greg Ballington
9.0

Second of the reds in our South African blind tasting. Definitely has some age as can be seen by the deep garnet core, bricking on the edges and more translucent. Lots of South African funk on the nose, a bit stinky with notes of pepper and light red berries. Medium tannins (5/10) and medium bodied. Earthy on the palate with red plums, cherries and crushed gravel with a medium to medium plus finish. This bottle has definitely aged gracefully, seemed a lot younger on the palate, maybe around ten years, not seventeen. Drink now. — 11 days ago

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I think the slight knock on it was you & your dad had this Merlot in years passed ...thought it had a bit more fruit to it. I had a healthy glass of this and thoroughly enjoyed it. Would have never guessed this to be a Merlot. Need to try a few more vintages of this 😉
9.2

Mvemveraats

De Compostella Cabernet Franc Blend 2013

Greg Ballington
9.3

Seventh red in our South African blind tasting. One of the best Bordeaux blends out of South Africa. Dark purplish ruby red. Dark berries on the nose, lots of chalk and bell peppers. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Earthy palate with chalky elements. A little green and lots of red berries. Incredible structure and killer backbone. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2034. — 11 days ago

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9.3

De Toren

Fusion V Stellenbosch Red Blend 2014

Greg Ballington
9.1

Deep ruby red. Savory notes on the nose, a bit meaty, cherries and herbal notes. Medium plus tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. A little bit of bitter dark cocoa, leather, herbal notes, and dark cherries. Dry and long finish. Drink till 2028. — 14 days ago

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