Stellenbosch



I didn’t taste these side by side, but I’ve ended up giving them all similar marks – would happily drink them all, but none had me jumping out of my seat and shouting ‘Whoopee!’ Vergelegen Premium Chardonnay 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£12.49 Majestic, Roberts and Speight, Stewart Wines, Liquid Treasure, Noble Green […]

Chardonnays from France, South Africa & USA


Etoile de Mer Luberon Rosé 2015, Rhône, France (£8.99 Majestic) Smart presentation, and smart wine to match. Pale in colour, but packs in the red berry and herb flavours, but finishes in crisp and precise fashion. Would drink a lot of this at a barbecue. B   Delaire Graff Cabernet […]

Two Pale & Interesting Rosés



Delaire Graff Estate Shiraz 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£9.99 31dover.com) Juicy young style showing sweet spicy berry and plum fruit, a savoury/tomato-like character and a touch of chocolate on the finish. Rich but always fresh, good for a few years to come. S- Mont Rochelle Syrah 2008, Franschhoek, South Africa […]

South African Syrah – or is it Shiraz?


Australia Week Day 2, although another country muscles its way into this video. Thought both of these Sauvignons were excellent, although quite different (and apologies for the lighting…) Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Adelaide Hills, Australia (£15.99 Selfridges, Askewine, Noel Young Wines, Horne & Daughters, ND John, The Vineyard, […]

Two delicious but quite different Sauvignons


The blend is 50% Chardonnay, 28% Viognier, 21% Chenin & 1% Roussanne (think 1% won’t make a difference? Try over- or under-salting your food…) Zevenwacht The Tin Mine White 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa (£11-£12 The Bottle Shop, SH Jones, SA Wines Online, Halifax Wine, Vinology, JL Leisure) Starts off in […]

Zevenwacht The Tin Mine White 2013, Stellenbosch, South Africa