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Feb
8

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: Sadie Family Wines Old Vine Series ‘Soldaat’ 2013

I am going to conclude this series with one of the most misunderstood grapes of the mediterranean climate, Grenache. When over-cropped or grown in overwarm sites, it is blousy and

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Jan
24

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: Sadie Family Old Vine Series Skurfberg 2013

South Africa has built a brand for its Chenin Blanc, but very few have the interest and character of the magnificently old-vine Chenin from Swartland. Sadie’s Skurfberg is made with

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Dec
22

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: Sadie Family Old Vine Series Treinspoor 2013

Though Swartland is best known for its red blends and its Syrahs, because of its exceptional diversity of old-vine material, there are some impressively old vines of obscure varieties that

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Dec
6

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: A. A. Badenhorst White Wine 2010

Swartland has an unusual affinity for grapes. Reds prefer mediterranean varieties but whites succeed best with the distinctly South African blends of Chenin Blanc alongside a crazy mix of Rhone

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Nov
28

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: A. A. Badenhorst Red Wine 2012

Swartland’s old-vine material seems to permit two approaches to red wine. The first is single variety wines made mostly from Syrah, focused on expressing the unique amalgam of that grape’s

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Nov
22

Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: Mullineux Syrah 2011

Sometimes, following years of commitment, one is drawn to catalogues of past output. As I recently surveyed the many years of work I have put into this blog I realized

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Oct
25

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2013

Heaven on Earth. South Africa’s fairy-tale beauty with a view of Antarctica make the Hemel-en-Arde Valley among the world’s most awe-inspiring wine regions. Now home to some of the country’s

Jul
5

Porseleinberg Syrah 2010

South Africa’s best wines have come a long way in the last 10 years. Not only shedding the image of rusticity and rubber aromas, but now starting to compete with

Apr
2

Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2009

The wines of South Africa get little attention in North America. Most of the cheaper wines we see here are not particularly interesting, made by huge producers and banking on

Jul
25

Sadie Family Columella 2006

South Africa has a rough reputation with red wines. The rubbery Pinotages of the past have proved a significant negative force for the country’s reputation. As such, very few South