Western Cape, South Africa

Tierhoek

Grenache Syrah 2015

Shay A
9.1

Monthly WTF wine group meet up. This month is new world vs old world Rhône’s. All wines tasted blind. 3 flights.

Very unique. Had no idea SA was doing wines like this. I called this old world Syrah. Acidic, full while also being light on the palate. Tar, blackberry, sweet oak, and granite. The more it opened, the more ripe it showed. Thanks
@Will Adams
— 9 days ago

Michael RaridenJack ThompsonBill Makens
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Jason Brater

Jason Brater

Sounds great! I’ve found lots to of really cool, interesting reds from South Africa! Keep digging!

Bosman Family Vineyards

Fides Skin Contact Natural Ferment Grenache Blanc 2016

Today was a good, productive day. Some good reading, writing and a brisk run, topped off with a glass of amber wine.

The color a sap like emerald orange. A bouquet of forest mist and sea fog. Melon and raspberries.

A surprisingly welcome balance of lush, bursting fruit up front finished with a dry, tart slight astringent quality.

Mystifying color and glint, subtle, natural bouquet, well-balanced and surprising drinking experience.

Apricots. That’s what I’m missing. A punch of apricots right in the middle.
— 9 days ago

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De Toren

Fusion V Stellenbosch Red Blend 2015

Very nice, smokey blend, very much in the Burgundy style but with some nice Stellenbosch fruit. Good bottle now but some nice ageing potential. — 17 days ago

Ron, Matthew and 6 others liked this

Raats

Original Unwooded Chenin Blanc 2018

D3. Very light Chenin. Getting some lemon primarily on the nose. Very light but crisp open yet acidity is restrained. Middle with hints of peach and tangerine. Finishes with more rounded edges than I thought it would. Did what it needed to do to mellow me post lunch! — 7 days ago

Bryan, Sharon and 20 others liked this

Rustenberg

Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2018

Vintage 2018. Very light yellow color. Nose: pear, peach, already very subtle smells of butter. In the mouth: nice acidity maybe too intense (probably dispersed in a few hours, a few years), light citrus, yellow apples. A lot of oak (maybe too much for some). A very beautiful wine. Surprising price-quality ratio. Very pleasantly surprised. I am not a big fan of Chardo. This one is surprising, I recommend.

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Vendange 2018. Couleur jaune très légère. Au nez : poire, pêche, déjà des odeurs très subtiles de beurre. En bouche : belle acidité peut-être trop intense (se dispersa sans doute dans quelques heures, quelques années), des agrumes légers, pommes jaunes. Beaucoup de chêne (peut-être trop pour certains). Un très beau vin. Rapport qualité-prix surprenant.  Très agréablement surpris. Je ne suis pas un grand fan de Chardo. Celui-ci est surprenant, je recommande.
— 12 days ago

Stark-Condé

Jonkershoek Valley Three Pines Unfined and Unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Ray S
9.5

Wow! Our server recommend this as a companion to the lamb we ordered. Or maybe I'm still on an adrenaline rush having dipped into the Zambezi just a few feet away from the edge of Victoria Falls. Either way... I want more! — 4 days ago

David Frost

Western Cape Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Nice tropical fruit forward with melon and slight acid after taste. Very nice. Perfect warm weather wine. — 6 days ago

La Motte

Shiraz 2015

A gift from a wine merchant friend, smooth drinking with a hint of vanilla in the bouquet. — 5 days ago

Rust en Vrede

Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Burst of green bell pepper at the start that’s fading to dusty ripe fruit on the verge of jammy, but not there yet. Baking spices to an almost berry pie without a crust flavor. Tannins form a firm backbone and has a sweet to spicy to round ripe finish. Delicious. — 15 hours ago

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Spier

Creative Block 5 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

Dark ruby in color with a short brick rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, plums, bell pepper, oak, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, vegetables, tobacco, barnyard, graphite and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, light vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, vegetables, river rocks, spices, earth, wet leaves and herbs.

Medium plus in finish with fine tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This South African Bordeaux blend really surprised me. Drinking nicely now and will be better in a few years.

Not fully balanced, yet enjoyable by itself or with food. Exhibits new world characters with an old world feel. Tastes very much like a flashy Right Bank Bordeaux.

Changed every 20 minutes in the decanter, which I really liked. Needs 3 hours to open up properly.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, crackers and olives.

A blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit verdot and 3% Malbec.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.
— 25 days ago

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