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Neal Martin writes: "Boekenhoutskloof is another of the few wineries of this scale that has undergone a lot of investment in recent years. I took a brief look at their barrel cellar, accessed through a long tunnel with winemaker Gottfied Mokke. “The first bottling that was done in the new cellar was the 2015,” he told me as I surveyed row upon row of barrels and several tiers high. “They are based on the OXO(2) revolving system so they don’t have to be moved to be racked. This has enabled us to shorten the élevage. The wines used to spend longer time in ...
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94 points Wine & Spirits: "Drought conditions followed by a cool harvest season produced a stunning version of Adi Badenhorst’s entry-level Chenin. He took an unusual approach in 2018, harvesting the fruit over the course of 12 days and adding each day’s fruit to the already-fermenting musts. All of it was whole-bunch pressed, and one-quarter was fermented in old casks, the rest in tanks. Left on its lees for seven months with occasional stirring, the final wine is as deep and rich in flavor as its yellow hue predicts: It moves from waxy apple flavors to...

90 points Wine Spectator: "Elegant, showing a gentle texture, with intense acidity giving energy to the flavors of yellow apple, lime and honeysuckle. Salty mineral elements emerge midpalate, leaving a savory aftertaste. *Smart Buy* (AZ)" (10/2019) K&L Notes: #65 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2019 This project is headed by Vincent Carême of Loire Valley fame. Inspired by the South African landscape (and perhaps also by his wife, Tania, who hails from the Cape region), he has decided to create this southern expression of Chenin Blanc.

The Little J Red is a bistro red blend consisting of 86% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Cinsault, and 4% Grenache. This is an unprentious, generous wine made from a selection of vineyards in mainly the AgterPaarl area (part of the Paarl appelation). The predominant soils are Malmesbury Shale. These soils have a surprisingly good moisture retention capability which allows for dry-land farming in this relatively warm and dry area. The vineyards are a combination of traditional bush-vines and trellised blocks.
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The "Little j" blends of Joostenberg were made to be served with the food at the restaurant of this estate, which is the oldest in South Africa. The wine is almost wholly Chenin Blanc with a dollop of Viognier. According to the winery: "A medium-bodied, fresh and complex white wine. Bold guava and melon aromatics and some intriguing floral notes (from the touch of Viognier). The refreshing acidity is balanced by a small amount of residual sugar."
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As its playful name suggests, this spicy red is a Syrah-dominated blend, featuring classic Rhône varietals. David Finlayson, owner and winemaker at Edgebaston, created this red with the joy of the everyday in mind. It’s a fruit-forward style, bursting with luscious black cherry and cassis flavors, while retaining a spicy edge, definitive structure, and a clean finish. David employs only stainless-steel tanks rather than oak barrels in making this wine, to highlight the fruit character. His recommended pairing for this charming little wine is pizza.
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90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 John X Merriman is the spiciest vintage to date according to Murray Barlow, due to the cooler growing season that did not go past 30 degrees Celsius during the season. Matured in 35% new oak for 20 months, that spice-box element does percolate through the red berry fruit on the nose, touches of bay leaf and melted tar emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin on the entry, a fine seam of acidity, grippy and quite assertive at first, but calmer towards the finish with that...


94 points Decanter: "Silky textured, with lovely inviting notes of grapefruits, wild flowers and sweet spices. Displays exceptional finesse and typicity. " (10/2019) Wine Spectator: "Lively, with green almond, honeysuckle and melon notes zipping through. (JM, Web-2019)" K&L Notes: Andrea Mullineux’s 2018 Kloof Street is a stunning example of exceptional South African Chenin, produced by one of South Africa’s best winemakers. Named Wine Enthusiast’s “Winemaker of the Year” in 2017, this American expat living in Swartland has been crafting stunning win...

Inverroche takes its name from the combination of two words that pay homage to their Scottish ancestry, referencing both their Celtic and Gaelic backgrounds. The Scottish word “Inver” meaning ‘a confluence of water’ and the French word “Roche” meaning ‘rock or stone’. Inverroche Distillery was founded by Lorna Scott and her family and has grown from strength to strength in the local community of Still Bay in the Western Cape of Southern Africa. In just 6 years, the distillery has grown from a small home industry to a flourishing and pioneering craft dist...
Price: $39.99

Wild yeast fermented Chardonnay aged for 10 months in French Oak (25% new).
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From the winery: "Vrede Pinot Noir hails from a steep, northeast-facing slope in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley with low-vigour, stony, clay-rich Bokkeveld shale soil. This wine displays richness and generosity with an opulent floral and dark berry perfume. The clay soil lends structure and impressive base notes to the wine. ? Not flashy or overly fruity, the wine shows depth, purity and structure – characteristic of the site’s low-vigour, stony, clay-rich shale soil."
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Wine & Spirits: "From the estate formerly known as Buitenverwachtig, this is fresh and tangy with notes of lime and red grapefruit. A little spice and some vegetal notes give it complexity, and point it toward a Sichuan green-bean stir-fry." (08/2019) Wine Spectator: "Refreshing, with notes of grapefruit and bitter lemon oil. Expressive and mouthwatering. Drink now through 2023. (AZ)" (10/2019)
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90 points Decanter: "This méthode cap classique (South African fizz made in the same way as Champagne) from SA stalwart Graham Beck has a lovely creamy red fruit and apple character, with a rich mousse and brioche finish. It has a vibrant raspberry acidity and a long finish. Great value. (JB)" (10/2017) Wine Spectator: "Peach, white cherry and bergamot notes mingle here, backed by a hint of watermelon rind on the lightly coarse finish. (JM, Web Only—2014)" James Suckling: "A fresh and fruity sparking wine with a light cherry and lemon character. Mediu...

92 points Vinous: "The 2015 Rubicon had been a source of contention prior to my visit, hailed by some respected commentators as one of the Cape’s greats and then almost pilloried in a contemporaneous blind tasting. It is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, each fermented separately before blending. It was matured for 18 months in 66% new oak and the remainder second-fill. So what do I make of the wine? It is clear in color with quite a deep core. The bouquet is refined and focused, offering attractive mi...

92 points James Suckling: "A blue-fruited and deliciously fresh syrah that shows blueberries, black peppers and Chinese spices. Medium-bodied, linear and refined with polished tannins and a succulent, violet-flavored finish. Screw cap. Drink or hold." (06/2018) 92 points Vinous: "The 2016 Syrah is 100% whole-bunch fruit, and I think this gives it the edge over the 2015. It has a very fresh, focused nose with more edginess than the previous vintage, offering touches of peppermint and dried herbs. The palate is very well balanced with fine tannin - quite...

90 points Wine Enthusiast: "A pale yellow color, this wine smells fresh, vibrant and inviting, with lively aromas of citrus, lemon-lime, yellow apple, green melon and a touch of mineral dust. Lightweight and well balanced, it has a bright acidic seam and fresh, zippy citrus and green apple tones, with hints of sea breeze and limestone minerality. Bright and sassy, this is well balanced and oh-so-easy to like and drink. *Editors' Choice* (LB)" (05/2019) Wine Spectator: "Open-knit, featuring yellow apple and cantaloupe notes, with a nice beam of acidity ...

91 points Vinous: "The 2017 Old Vines White is a blend of 65% Chenin Blanc, 10% Viognier, 10% Clairette Blanche, 13% Grenache Blanc and 2% Sémillon Gris. This has a lighter bouquet than the previous vintage, featuring touches of honeysuckle and peach skin with white flowers tucked just behind. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity and quite tensile, showing a subtle white pepper and marmalade note toward the precise finish. Very fine, although I have a soft spot for the hedonism shown by the 2016. (NM)" (08/2018)

Hamilton Russell Vineyards have been making wines in the cool-climate Walker Bay region of South Africa since the early 1980s, and in that time has carved out a reputation for producing wines that straddle the old and new worlds. Only two varieties are grown: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Among the largely mountainous South African wine regions, Walker Bay is something of an anomaly. It is located close to the water and has a climate more like Santa Barbara than Cape Town, and in a land better known for Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc than Chardonnay, this ...
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The NV Brut, which carries six grams per liter of residual sugar and was disgorged December 2016, is an equal blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It has a fresh lime and sea spray bouquet, well defined with a light honeysuckle aroma. The palate is well balanced with citrus peel on the entry. It might not be as persistent as other South African MCCs, but it is bounding with freshness and delivers a tangy orange-pith finish. How how many champagnes can you get change from with a twenty dollar bill? (NM)" (04/2017) Vinous: ...
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