Category: South Africa

  • Edgebaston David Finlayson Camino Africana Chenin Blanc, 2015

    Marquis had a spring cleaning sale and we picked up a bottle of this South African Chenin for a song.  Then we went back and bought four more. YOWZA. It’s only May, but this feels like the white wine of the year.  It’s absolutely, totally, over the top sensational.  Not one bottle we’ve had this […]

  • Coterie Cabernet Franc & Malbec, 2018

    For years we’ve written some variation on how exceptional the wine is in the Cape region and how it rivals many much more established wine regions, and how dire and uninspired the South African selection is at BC Liquor (and bemoaned the discrepancy).  This is more of the same.  Despite, I must point out, being […]

  • Kleinood Tamboerskloof Syrah, 2016

    So, you know, we are still drinking off of Christmas gift certificates, and we decided to ante up for a South African Syrah of some note. The best South African wines seem antique, rooted in a tradition long gone in North America, Australia, South America.  This is strikingly Syrah, brazen, while at the same time […]

  • Natte Valleij Cinsault, 2018

    We are always up for novelty.  After all, isn’t that what drinking wine is all about? Unusual varietal?  Bring it on.  But first, oh my dear God, please, please get rid of the wax on the neck; it’s somewhere between a cut your wrist suicide attempt and wedding reception confetti (a mess either way, and […]

  • Bellingham Old Vine Chenin Blanc, 2017

      Lordy what a lovely find. Food friendly to the nth degree, a patio marvel, hardy enough for roast chicken gentle enough your fingers could be soaking in it.  Luscious on the palate.  Stoney minerality coalesces with citrus grove lands on creamsicle with muted oak on the tail.  Sips a dream.   You could look […]

  • Darling Axle Chenin Blanc, 2018

    Lively and rich, straw and lychee with a touch of the sweet of a custard apple.  A dreamlike 12.5% for lunch.  Wonderful depth on the palate as a sipper (a lingering lemon blossom finish) but superior in its food friendly versatility whether cheese, salad, cured meats or fish.  An unusual balancing act of heavyweight Chenin […]

  • Natte Valleij POW, 2015

      The curious incident of the South African Bordeaux blend. Ka-POW.   Novel.  And not long and florid but concise and intricate.  Absolutely the most interesting wine we’ve had this fall.  And I’m including a sensational Meursault in November and some half decent Burgundy along the way as well.   The label claim is a […]

  • Glen Carlou Quartz Stone Chardonnay, 2016

    What a wonderful, optimistic and uplifting start to 2019.  A beautiful white; crisp, clean, minerally, the proverbial oyster shells, with hints of honeydew melon and a whisper of jasmine.  A long buttery finish.  When Hugh Johnson writes about his love of acidity, I think this wine epitomizes that sentiment, with a tart acidity extremely well […]

  • Graceland Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

    Something else altogether.  Wrapped up in tissue as if swaddled and then labelled like a candle from a religious supply store, the wine inside is anything but deceptive; it’s the essence of a decent glass of red.   My mother used to take blackberries from a bush along the fence in the lane, when I […]

  • Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay, 2010

    From the cellar: On one of those gorgeous early autumn days that still has the flavour of summer we pulled out of the cellar either our last or next to last HR Chardonnay from a half case purchase umpteen years ago.  Nirvana.   This wine seems to pass the critics by.  It never has a […]