Category Archives: South Africa

Warwick Wine Estate of Stellenbosch

We visited winemaker Nic van Aarde last week at the attractive Warwick Wine Estate on Hwy 340 north of Stellenbosch.  Warwick produces about 120 thousand cases annually from both estate and purchased fruit. They’ve decided that Chardonnay and Bordeaux varieties … Continue reading

Posted in Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Countries and Regions, Red Wine, South Africa, Uncategorized, White Wine, Wine Type | Tagged | Leave a comment

Samantha O’Keefe’s Terroir Wines from Greyton’s Lismore Winery

Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore Winery makes unique, nuanced wines from exceptional, South African terroir. Her vineyards are located well off the beaten path in the shadows of the Riviersonderend mountain range outside Greyton.  The dry farmed vines are planted on … Continue reading

Posted in Countries and Regions, Red Wine, South Africa, Uncategorized, White Wine, Wine Type | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Eben Sadie’s Very Old Vine Wines from South Africa: The 2015 Vintage

Eben Sadie is often proclaimed as South Africa’s most original and talented winemaker. 2015 is cited as one of South Africa’s greatest vintages ever. And the vineyards that Eben sources fruit from for his Ouwingerdreeks [Old Vine Series] are among … Continue reading

Posted in Countries and Regions, South Africa, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

De Martino and Sadie Family: Old Vine Cinsault from Two Outstanding Winemakers in Chile and South Africa

In preparing our Chile and South Africa reports over the years, we’ve been privileged to meet and taste with Marcelo Retamal of Chile’s De Martino Winery and Eben Sadie of South Africa’s Sadie Family Winery. These outstanding winemakers seek out … Continue reading

Posted in Chile, Countries and Regions, South Africa, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Boschendal’s Single Varietals from Cool, High Altitude Elgin Vineyards

We’re big fans of the elegant sparkling and white wines that Lizelle Gerber makes at Boschendal. We’ve visited Boschendal several times over the years but first met Lizelle in 2012 while doing field work for our Report #30 The Wines … Continue reading

Posted in Chardonnay, Countries and Regions, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, South Africa, Sparkling Wine, Uncategorized, White Wine, Wine Type | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Wines of Duncan Savage: Cape Point Vineyards and Savage Wines

Duncan Savage is one of South Africa’s pre-eminent crafters of elegant white wines, especially the Sauvignon Blanc based wines of Cape Point Vineyards. We had the opportunity to visit him last month and taste through the portfolios of both Cape … Continue reading

Posted in Countries and Regions, Red Wine, South Africa, Uncategorized, White Wine, Wine Type | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

AA Badenhorst of the Swartland: New Releases

Adi Badenhorst is one of South Africa’s most colorful and authentic winemakers. We visited him last month at his winery at Kalmoesfontein on the slopes of the Perdeberg in the Swartland in South Africa. We mostly tasted wines from the … Continue reading

Posted in Countries and Regions, Red Wine, South Africa, Uncategorized, Wine Type | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Mullineux’s Rapidly Rising Star: A Review of Current Releases

Mullineux (now Mullineux and Leeu) Family Wines has evolved into one of South Africa’s top quality wineries.  At the same time their portfolio has continued to expand, most recently with the addition of their ultra-premium single terroir range of Chenin … Continue reading

Posted in Countries and Regions, Red Wine, South Africa, Uncategorized, White Wine, Wine Type | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Eighth Wonder: Wines from A New South African Winery

Eighth Wonder Wines is a new South African producer now exporting wines to the US. Our reviews of its portfolio of current releases are given below. We find two wines—the 2011 Pinotage and the 2012 Meritage Reserve—to be especially good … Continue reading

Posted in Red Wine, South Africa, Uncategorized, Wine Type | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The US Wine Market in a Nutshell: 2014 Winners & Losers

Surprising US market trends for 2014:  sales of high priced wines are rising, while low priced wines are falling; Sauvignon Blanc is the biggest winner among single varietals, while Syrah is the biggest loser; red wine blends and rosé wine … Continue reading

Posted in Chardonnay, Markets, New Zealand, Portugal, Rosé, South Africa, Sparkling Wine, Uncategorized, Wine Articles | Tagged , | Leave a comment