28 February 2014, UCT Wine Society: South Hill, The Vineyards from the Elgin region. Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2012: The Rose is refreshingly dry. The nose bursts with strawberry and tropical fruit aromas which is follow by an opulent yet a soft and juicy palate which finishes enticingly clean. I thought it would pair well with dark chocolate desserts, light cheesecake or sushi. www.southhill.co.za
First taste of wine for the year. Thursday, 9 January 2014. The Stellenbosch Wine Bar & Bistro, Windhoek, Namibia. Guardian Peak Frontier: Cabernet Sauvignon 45%, Shiraz 35%, Merlot 20% 2010 http://www.guardianpeak.com
28 February 2014, UCT Wine society. South Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2012: The wine has typical Cabernet aromas of black cherries and cassis together with a restrained and well integrated backbone imparted by the judicious oaking regime. The palate is fruit driven with juicy dark chocolate, opulent red berry fruit and an elegant minerality. A soft, stylish wine with ripe tannins, juicy fruit and excellent acid integration, makes it both deliciously easy to drink, as well as rewarding to savour.
28 February 2014, UCT Wine Society. South Hill, Sauvignon Blanc 2013: The 2013 vintage, whilst retaining the house style of generous tropical fruits and juicy mouth, thanks to the moderate climate in Elgin, has a firm clean acid backbone and alluring tanginess. This is a deliciously refreshing Sauvignon Blanc which makes for a versatile partner to a wide variety of foods. Already showing lovely complexity, it will reward patience if given time to develop with age.
Tuesday, 14 January 2014. Home. Balance Winemaker’s Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. A full bodied wine with intoxicating flavours of blackberries, cherries and nuts with nuances of dark chocolate ending in velvety tannins. http://www.balance-wines.co.za
Best Value for 2014. Saturday, 11 January 2014. Home. Landskroon Cabernet Sauvignon 2012. Full-bodied with ripe mulberry fruit and a touch of cedar. Subtle tannins with lovely oak flavours. http://www.landskroonwines.com