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Old Vine Cinsault from Lodi, Stellenbosch, and the Swartland

The Cinsault grape doesn’t often get a lot of respect. It’s a prolific vine that can produce light wines of little distinction. But old vine Cinsault put in the hands of outstanding winemakers is another thing altogether. In this article, … Continue reading

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De Toren: Current Releases of Bordeaux Blends from the Polkadraai Hills of Stellenbosch

De Toren is one of South Africa’s premiere producers of Bordeaux red blends. We visited De Toren last week, our first winery visit of 2018, to taste the current releases, including the new, ultra-luxury wines Book XVII and Black Lion. … 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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South Africa’s Eagles’ Nest: Flying High

Eagles’ Nest is appropriately named with its vineyards high in the Constantia Mountains a short distance from the sea.  Constantia, of course, is the site of South Africa’s most historic vineyards, some of which were first planted when the Dutch … Continue reading

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New Releases from Neil Ellis in South Africa

Neil Ellis is one of the pioneers of modern South African wine.  Starting out as a negociant in the 1980s, he progressed to making his own wine, which now includes several labels reviewed here—Neil Ellis Premium Range, Sincerely, and Left … Continue reading

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Fresh 2011 Rosés from South Africa: Boekenhoutskloof, Fairview, Goats do Roam

Since we published our reviews of 50 rosés for Rosés, Rosés Galore, we’ve received some new 2011 releases from Boekenhoutskloof, Fairview, and Goats do Roam. Our consolidated review of all the 2011 South African rosés is given below. South African … Continue reading

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Wines from the Cederberg Wilderness Area

It’s winter now in South Africa, and the vineyards of Cederberg Private Cellar may soon look like this. Cederberg has some of the most exotically situated vineyards on earth. Located in the remote Cederberg Wilderness Area, Cederberg has some of … Continue reading

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