Category Archives: South Africa

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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WILD FIRE IN CONSTANTIA’S VINEYARDS

South Africa’s vineyards in the Cape Town area appear to have survived the wild fires of the last week relatively unscathed, although one of our favorite Sauvignon Blanc producers, Cape Point Vineyard, in Noordhoek suffered some damage.  Eagles’ Nest, which … Continue reading

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IWR 10th Anniversary Retrospective: South African Wines

South Africa has been a principal focus of the International Wine Review over the past decade.  We’ve reviewed more wines and written more articles about South Africa than any other US wine publication.  As part of our ongoing 10th Anniversary … Continue reading

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