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2015 Boekenhoutskloof "The Wolftrap" Red Blend Western Cape

The Wolftrap is a robust, lively blend of Syrah, Mourvedre, and Viognier. From Neal Martin at erobertparker.com: "Robert Parker recently tasted Mark Kent's (a.k.a. Mr Boekenhoetskloof) Wolftrap red and white and came to the same conclusion as I in recent years: these are just wonderful bang for bucks wines that are thoughtfully crafted at this price point." 


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2015 MAN Vintners "Free-run Steen" Chenin Blanc

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Free Run Steen Chenin Blanc has an attractive nose with fresh grapefruit and passion fruit scents that are well defined and articulate the variety with clarity. The palate is well balanced with crisp grapefruit and light honeyed tones, very harmonious with well judged acidity and a composed, quite elegant finish. This is an excellent Chenin Blanc. (NM)" (11/2015) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "We source our Chenin Blanc from selected vineyards in the Agter-Paarl region. The vineyards are all unirrigated and bush-vine (untrellised) that produce concentrated, ... Read More » 


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RP 91

2016 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvedre Rosé Stellenbosch Top Pick!
2016 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvedre Rosé Stellenbosch

Too soon? Not for rosé from the Southern Hemisphere, and not for this perennial staff and customer favorite at K&L. This is one of our best selling and most raved about rosés every year. Hand-picked from Biodynamically farmed, old Mourvedre vines in a cool coastal sub-region of Stellenbosch, it's a fresh, elegant wine that does a fantastic impression of Bandol (which is also predominantly made from Mourvedre) but at a fraction of the cost! Waterkloof is a stunning property working with very natural, non-interventionist methods, the wines are pure, expres... Read More » 


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2015 Radley & Finch Chenin Blanc Western Cape

Sourced from across the broad Western Cape region of South Africa, Radley & Finch offers this Chenin Blanc at an attractive entry-level price. Grapes were sourced from both bush vines and trellised vines primarily in the Agter Paarl and Swartland regions. Winemaker Thinus Kruger primarily utilized indigenous yeasts in a particularly slow fermentation to develop complexity. The result is a citrusy and yellow fruited profile with hints of spice and grain. It is ready to drink right now, but will fill out and add complexity for a couple of years. 


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2016 Black Elephant Vintners "Two Dogs, A Peacock And A Horse "Sauvignon Blanc Franschhoek Valley

Winemaker's Notes: "The wine is translucent with a bright green hue. The nose is opulent with aromas of fynbos, lithci, peardrops, granny smith apples and grapefruit. The palate is lively with flavours of passionfruit, gooseberry and richness from the barrel fermented portion, lingering with fresh acidity and flint. Our Sauvignon Blanc 2016 was made from seven vineyards growing around the Franschhoek valley. The blend includes 5% barrel fermented old vine Semillon. Each vineyard is harvested and vinified separately to insure maximum complexity. All our ... Read More » 


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2015 Radley & Finch Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape

Sourced from across the broad Western Cape region of South Africa, Radley & Finch offers this Sauvignon Blanc at an attractive entry-level price. The 2015 vintage offered a dry and early-ripening season with low yields and high quality fruit. Fruit from the Stellenbosch, Swartland and Paarl areas offer the ripe and juicy fruit character while grapes from the Olifants river area lend a streak of green invigoration. This Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent warm weather sipper, or a companion to fresh seafood and Mediterranean fare. 


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2014 Sirkel (Scali) Chenin Blanc Voor-Paardeberg Paarl

Winemaker's Notes: "Expressive fresh, tropical fruit flavour with well structured minerality. Youthful, friendly and inviting, this wine is ready to be enjoyed now. Sirkel encapsulates our dream of fulfilling our mission to be custodians of earth and guardians of man, caring for what has been entrusted to us. This wine completes the full seasonal circle by giving back to the land and the people committed to its creation. Grapes are hand harvested before being de-stemmed, crushed and pressed. Spontaneous fermentation turns the juice into wine, with minima... Read More » 


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2015 Waterkloof Circumstance "Cape Coral" Mourvedre Rosé Stellenbosch

Now a perennial favorite with staff and customers alike at K&L, this is one of our best selling and most raved about rosés every year. Hand-picked from Biodynamically farmed, old Mourvedre vines in a cool coastal sub-region of Stellenbosch, it's a fresh, elegant wine that does a fantastic impression of Bandol (which is also predominantly made from Mourvedre) but at a fraction of the cost! Waterkloof is a stunning property working with very natural, non-interventionist methods, the wines are pure, expressive and precisely balanced. I am excited to work wi... Read More » 


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2013 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Chenin Blanc Swartland

90 points Wine & Spirits: "Splash this into a decanter to release its fragrance and you’ll find a fresh, brisk chenin. It has the generous, waxy texture of the variety, the chew of the fruit skin, along with hints of lanolin that make it a natural partner to chèvre. Secateurs is Adi Badenhorst’s "second tier" from the 69 acres of unirrigated bush vines he and his cousin, Hein, own in Siebritskloof, on Paardeberg Mountain." (2/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Secateurs Chenin Blanc, which comes from bush vines planted on granite slopes, has a pleasant, simple bouquet with dried lemon peel, a touch of ...Read More » 


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W&S 90


Graham Beck Brut Sparkling Wine Western Cape

90 points Decanter: "Choose wisely and you could be happier--and better off--with sparkling wines than Champagnes on offer in the run-up to Christmas.Graham Beck Brut NV. This is classic stuff with bready, autolytic aromas, a fine mousse and distinctly savoury flavour...if you are looking for an inexpensive alternative to big-name Champagne, this is it." 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Non-Vintage Brut has pretty apricot and mango scents that are lively and vivacious. The palate is lively on the entry with crisp acidity, citrus peel on the entry with a terse but very focused finish. This is one of the be ...Read More » 


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DC 90 RP 90

2015 Kloof Street (Mullineux Family Wines) Chenin Blanc Swartland South Africa

Jancis Robinson: "Perdeberg and Kasteelberg. Spring herbs on the nose. Off-dry impression but with enough acidity. Good tang, this would be a fab house wine. (GV)" (9/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Only recently bottled, the 2015 Kloof Street Chenin Blanc comes from 40-year-old vines. Part of the fruit was matured in stainless steel, as it was done in 2014 for the first time. It has a perfumed pine cone and fennel-tinged bouquet that gently unfurls from the glass. The palate is well balanced, perhaps a little fatter than previous vintages with a fine line of acidity, direct pear, peach skin, and f ...Read More » 


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Graham Beck Brut Rosé Western Cape

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Non-Vintage Brut Rosé, an equal blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, has an attractive pale salmon color. The nose is light but nicely defined with rose petal and melon scents, while the palate is well-balanced with crisp acidity and generous strawberry and red cherry notes toward the finish." (10/2014) Vinous: "Very pale orange-copper color. Bright, fresh raspberry and cherry aromas, along with a light leesy nuance. Tastes sweeter than the brut, with strong red berry flavors dominating. A bit weightier and broader but not better. Sweeter and softer on the finis ...Read More » 


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2015 FRAM Shiraz Swartland

Thinus Krüger, CEO / President / Winemaker / Grape crusher / Sole employee of FRAM, brings us these remarkable "wines of exploration." I recently tasted these with Pascal Schildt, the small, specialist South African importer who brings us these wines, and I was truly blown away by the quality, purity, depth and VALUE of the entire range! (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L South African Wine Buyer) 


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2015 FRAM Chardonnay Robertson

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Unwooded Chardonnay, which comes from W.O. Robertson and includes 10% skin ferment and a "bit" of Chenin Blanc, has a very aromatic bouquet with peach skin and fresh pear, a touch of paw paw coming through with aeration. The palate is well balanced, rounded in the mouth, lower acidity than its peers and with a lovely white pepper note on the finish. Enjoy this over the next 2-3 years. (NM)" (9/2015) K&L Notes: Thinus Krüger, CEO/President/Winemaker/Grape Crusher is the sole employee of FRAM, the source of these remarkable "wines of exploration." When K&L Sou... Read More » 


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2012 A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines "The Curator" Red Blend Coastal Region

Wine Spectator: "A modest core of singed vanilla, plum and licorice notes is backed by a slightly firm thread of cedar on the finish. (Web-2015)"  


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2013 Sirkel (Scali) Pinotage Voor-Paardeberg Paarl

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Sirkel Pinotage is fermented 50% in used barrels. It has a simple strawberry winegum-scented nose. The palate is rounded with bulbous strawberry and red cherry fruit and an easy drinking, smooth finish that is clearly designed to appeal to the masses, which it probably will. (NM)" (11/2015) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "Expressive fresh, ripe raspberry and red fruit with a hint of sweet herbs. Youthful and elegant, this wine is ready to be enjoyed now. Sirkel encapsulates our dream of fulfilling our mission to be custodians of earth and guardians of man, ca... Read More » 


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2014 Radley & Finch Cabernet Sauvignon Western Cape

Sourced from across the broad Western Cape region of South Africa, Radley & Finch offers this Cabernet Sauvignon at an attractive entry-level price. The 2014 vintage saw a high quality crop with an appropriate amount of rainfall, especially for unirrigated vineyards. From winemaker Thinus Kruger: "Balanced entry reflects classical Cabernet Sauvignon flavours, dark berries, country herbs and a hint of fresh red cherries. Medium weight palate displays an elegant and very approachable tannin." 


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2013 FRAM Pinotage Citrusdal Mountain

The much maligned grape variety Pinotage doesn't have many champions in the wine world...but I'm one of them. After decades of mediocrity I can't really blame people for thinking that Pinotage sucks. As the South African wine buyer for K&L I admit that most of the ones I taste for potential inclusion in our selections are pretty bad. However this is not the fault of the grape. There isn't anything inherently bad about Pinotage. In my opinion the problem is that much of South Africa's Pinotage is planted in poor vineyard sites and very few winemakers trea... Read More » 


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2013 Kloof Street (Mullineux Family Wines) Red Rhône Blend Swartland South Africa

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dark ruby 2013 Kloof Street Swartland Rouge is 85% Syrah, 9% Carignan and the rest Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Grenache. Their tribute to the Southern Rhône of France, the wine possesses more of a St.-Joseph than Côtes du Rhône-like style. It displays cool, peppery, smoky, meaty notes, good acidity, strawberry and cherry. (RP)" (3/2016)  


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2013 Warwick "Old Bush Vines" Pinotage Stellenbosch South Africa

Wine Spectator: "Offers dark cherry and red currant fruit, mixed with bramble and licorice snap notes. Features a shot of roasted vanilla on the finish, but good energy keeps this honest. (Web Only—2015)" K&L Notes: Warwick has been family-run for three generations. They are members of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, devoted to conservation and sustainable practices. From the winery: "The wine has a ruby red hue in the glass. The nose shows red cherry, cedar wood and dark chocolate aromas. The palate is full round with ripe subtle tannins." 


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2014 Botanica Old Vine Chenin Blanc Western Cape

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It has an appealing, lightly honeyed bouquet with touches of nectarine and yellow flowers. The palate is well balanced with a pleasant honeyed texture, a little lower in acidity than its peers (despite being picked earlier) with a waxy-textured finish...there is fine length and sheer drinkability here. (NM)" (11/2015) K&L Notes: The grapes for this wine come from a vineyard high in the mountains of Clanwilliam, 25 miles from the sea at 1600ft elevation. Dry farmed, as there is no longer any water available, these 50 +/- year old vines produce a mere 2.5 tons per hect... Read More » 


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Saltare Method Cap Classique Brut Nature (Previously $20)

According to the winery: "Saltare's Brut Nature is a fresh wine perfect on its own anytime during the day and amazing with oysters and other seafood. It spends a minimum of 18 months on the lees and we do not add any sugar or sulphur when it is disgorged. The dates of bottling and disgorgement are printed on each label to give you the exact time the bottle has spent on the lees. The wine has aromas of sliced grapefruit and white flowers introduce the freshness of the wine, accompanied by brioche and biscuity notes. There are fresh lemon, strawberry, goos... Read More » 


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2015 Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc Montagu

Wine Spectator: "This has an alluring, honeyed feel, with heather, ginger and warm hazelnut notes leading the way for creamed yellow apple and quince flavors. Toasted finish, with a lingering hazelnut husk hint. For fans of the style. (JM, Web-2016)" K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "The Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc was pressed in a wooden hand press, allowed to settle in tank and taken straight to used oak barrel where the wine was naturally fermented and nothing added. This natural and minimalist winemaking approach allows Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc to be a true representation of the te... Read More » 


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2015 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Chenin Blanc Swartland

Jancis Robinson: "Easy and mouthfilling. Tangy and definitely Chenin. A great introduction to New Wave South African wine!" (9/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Secateurs Chenin Blanc has a slightly waxy, toffee apple-scented bouquet that perhaps lacks the complexity of some of the other vintages that I have tasted in the past. The palate is nicely balanced, quite primal in the mouth at first but settling down later on with lime cordial and peachy notes that deliver plenty of flavor. (NM)" (11/2015)  


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2014 FRAM Chenin Blanc Citrusdal Mountain

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chenin Blanc is matured in used barrels for around ten months, undergoes a little SO2 and bottled. It comes from two vineyards. It has a phenolic bouquet, a little resinous with honeysuckle and jasmine, a touch of warm gravel. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine line of acidity, but this is more about texture than fruit with hints of ginger and lemongrass towards the finish. Drink over the next 5-8 years. (NM)" (11/2015) K&L Notes: Thinus Krüger, CEO / President / Winemaker / Grape crusher / Sole employee of FRAM, brings us these remarkable "wines of exp... Read More » 


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2014 Crystallum "The Agnes" Chardonnay Hemel-en-Aarde / Overberg

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Cool, discreet nose hints at menthol. Tightly wound and quite dry, with flavors of stone fruits, lemon oil and nut oils complemented by a touch of sweet oak (just 10% new). Very concentrated, tactile wine with excellent firming acidity. Finishes cool, dry, classic and long, with a lingering note of peach oil and a subtle saline character." (6/2015) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 The Agnes Chardonnay, a blend of different vineyards, has quite a refined, understated bouquet that is nicely defined with touches of flint and citrus lemon coming through with aeration. The palate is f ...Read More » 


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ST 90

Saltare Methode Cap Classique Brut Reserve (Previously $24)

The Brut Reserve is Saltare's more mature Methode Cap Classique with a minimum of 36 months on the lees, giving it a fuller and more rounded mouthfeel and warmer flavours. It is perfect for matching with a delicious meal and rich enough to stand up to a lot of foods. The wine has almonds, quince, orange peel and camomile flower aromas on the nose. There is creamed honey on the palate followed by layers of brioche, lemon thyme and yellow apple. It has a fine, delicate mousse with a long, complex, creamy, yeasty finish. 


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2012 Crystallum "Paradisum" Rhône Blend Paardeberg Swartland (Previously $30)

Crystallum is a boutique winery owned by Andrew and Peter-Allan Finlayson, sons of South African wine legend Peter Finlayson. Paradisum is a Rhone style blend made from Shiraz (50%), Grenache (38%), and Cinsault (12%). The grapes are grown in three different vineyard blocks in the Paardeberg from old, non-irrigated bush vines. The nose is explosive and seductive all at once. Red fruits but intertwined with cinnamon, clove, and exotic spices. The palate is very much old-school Rhone, medium-bodied, elegant and more savoury than the bouquet might suggest. ... Read More » 


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2013 Kanonkop "Kadette" Cape Blend Stellenbosch

Vinous: "(14.2% alcohol, vs. 14% for the 2012): Good dark red. Less fruity on the nose than the 2012 version, showing menthol and mint elements. Conveys a cooler character, even a slight tartness. Boasts plenty of energy but comes across as a bit lean. (ST)" (6/2015) Wine Spectator: "A light black tea note gives way to sanguine-edged plum and blood orange flavors. Lightly singed herb and vanilla accents stitch up the finish. Pinotage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc." (11/2015)  


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2014 David & Nadia "Aristargos" White Blend Swartland

91 points Vinous: "Bright yellow. Clove, botanical herbs, honey, fennel and aniseed (the latter note very typical of Paardeberg, says Sadie) on the nose. Juicy, intense and energetic, with yellow fruit and honey flavors framed and lifted by a pungent wild herb character that runs through the wine. Finishes quite firm but not at all dry-edged. Sadie recommends pairing this wine with mild curries. (ST)" (6/2015) Jancis Robinson: "The name means 'to be best by serving others'. From 12 different vineyards on decomoposed granite and some of them iron-rich. Not that much nose but an attractive sat ...Read More » 


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VN 91

2013 Crystallum "Peter Max" Pinot Noir Hemel-en-Aarde Walker Bay

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Peter Max Pinot Noir comes from three vineyards including a new vineyard “Mabalel” and is matured in 10% new oak. It has a generous, quite fleshy nose with red plum, mulberry and wilted rose petal aromas that show great detail. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, crisp acidity, with an almost Beaujolais-like exuberance and joie-de-vivre (implied in a positive sense – think fine Moulin-à-Vent.) This is one to check out. (NM)" (9/2014)  


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RP 90

2012 Sadie Family "Old Vine Series - Pofadder" Cinsault Swartland South Africa

92 points Wine Spectator: "A stylish, perfumy wine, with alluring singed sandalwood, rooibos tea, red currant, white pepper, floral and blood orange notes all woven together and carrying through the long, silky finish. Cinsault." (6/2014) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Old Vine Series Pofadder has a warm, sensual bouquet that captures the lighter, more feminine side of the Cinsault variety. The palate is medium-bodied with a very tart entry. There are plenty of pretty sour red cherry and citric notes with just a mote of fieriness toward the finish. There is joie-de-vivre in this Pofadder -- nonchalant an ...Read More » 


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WS 92 RP 90

2013 Raats "Old Vine" Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Old Vine Chenin Blanc comes from three vineyards between sandstone and granite soils, the former lending the weight and the latter, the freshness. It is raised 30% in oak and 70% in stainless steel for nine months. It has a tightly wound nose at first, with subtle quince and yellow flower, Mirabelle scents that take time to unfurl. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, rounded and voluminous on the entry and then curving in from both sides on the pretty, white peach and Mirin tinged finish. This is very classy. (NM)" (10/2014) 90 points Vinous: "(from vine ...Read More » 


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RP 92 VN 90

2013 Scali "Blanc" Voor-Paardeberg Paarl

Jancis Robinson: "Passion, Art and Tradition are evoked on the front label. Chenin Blanc. Certified organic. Deep, not quite clear straw colour. Definitely ‘natural’ on the nose but there is enough fruit underneath. Intriguing with masses to titillate the palate. It is not short of alcohol but it’s really intense and has sufficient acidity to keep it from being a chore. Honeysuckle, lime, broom and more. Not a wine to sip casually but one to make the average white burgundy look really rather boring. Food wine. Lobster wine? (JR)" (1/2015) Vinous: "(a blend of Chenin Blanc, Roussann ...Read More » 


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Bain's Cape Mountain Whisky (750ml)

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Best Buy* This unusual whiskey was built like a Bourbon—made with 100% corn and aged in ex-Bourbon casks for an average of five years—but sips like a mellow Canadian whiskey. It's supersoft, with lots of vanilla and sweet maple, plus a gentle, drying finish of allspice and clove. A surprising, rounded black cherry note suggests Manhattans in this whiskey's future. (KN)" (3/2016) Whisky Advocate: "South Africa may be home to an increasingly impressive wine industry — and a noted brandy producer — but the country is also home to two whisky distilleries. Drayman’s in Pretoria ...Read More » 


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WE 91

2015 A.A. Badenhorst "Secateurs" Rosé

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Secateurs Rosé is a blend of 50% Cinsault, 48% Shiraz, and a pinch of Grenache and Carignan. It has a heady, very perfumed vanilla-tinged nose that reminds me of the strawberry macaroons I buy from Merignac airport when I leave Bordeaux (they are delicious incidentally). The palate is more reserved than the nose suggests with crisp acidity and impressive weight. The wine is still a generous and flavor-packed Rosé that retains control and delineation right to the finish. This is an excellent Rosé from Adi Badenhorst. (NM)" (11/2015) Wine Spectator: "A pretty rosé, ...Read More » 


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2014 Alheit Vineyards "Cartology" Chenin Blanc Western Cape

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Cartology Bush Vines is Chris Alheit's fourth release since it blazed onto the South African scene. It comes from the same vineyards as previous vintages. Chris said this is completely unfined and unfiltered with a very healthy pH. The nose has a sense of confidence about it, racing out of the blocks with orange zest, honeysuckle, jasmine and a touch of loganberry. The palate is lightly honeyed on the entry, beautifully balanced with a fine line of acidity, gently building in the mouth towards a complex, absorbing finish of lychee, white pepper ...Read More » 


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RP 94

2013 Savage "White" Western Cape

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 White is a blend of 56% Sauvignon Blanc and 44% Semillon, the fruit sourced by Duncan Savage from numerous vineyards around Kaaimansgat for the former and Villiersdorp for the latter. The wine is fermented in 500-liter used oak casks, 25% new, where it ages for 11 months. It has a very refined bouquet with scents of beeswax, honeysuckle, jasmine and touches of praline in the background. The palate is very well balanced with beautifully effervescent orange zest, guava, apricot and honeysuckle notes and a supremely focused, classy finish. Quite si ...Read More » 


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2015 Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé Coastal Region

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Rosè of Cabernet Sauvignon has a delicate nose of fresh strawberry and rose petal, nicely defined and offering plenty of fruit. This is not a shy and retiring Rosé, but nor is it blowsy. The palate is rounded on the entry, quite plush for a Rosé with red cherry and strawberry fruit, leading to a sweet, mouth-pleasing finish. 'Tis a Rosé to drink, not slurp. (NM)" (9/2015) Wine Spectator: "A plump and very friendly rosé, with strawberry cream and white cherry fruit notes, and a good, juicy finish. Drink now. (JM, Web-2016)"  


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2014 Thorne & Daughters "Rocking Horse" Western Cape White Blend

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Rocking Horse Cape White has a more introspective nose than the Zoetrope, a little more resinous and waxy, yellow flowers developing with aeration. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, a little viscosity. It gently builds in the mouth with hints of fennel and sage towards the focused finish. This is one of those understated wines that only reveals its character with aeration in the glass. In a word...cerebral. (NM)" (9/2015) Jancis Robinson: "37% Chenin Blanc from Bottelary (34 years old) and Swartland (20 years old) – granite soils. 28% Roussanne from V ...Read More » 


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RP 92

2012 Rustenberg "John X Merriman" Proprietary Red Stellenbosch

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 John X Merriman is a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Merlot with Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec filling in the gaps. Spending 20 months in oak, 35% new, it has a dark plum and blackcurrant-scented bouquet that is more primal than other vintages I have encountered at this stage. The palate is medium-bodied with tobacco-tinged black fruit. This is supple, almost soft in the mouth that lends an easy drinking texture, but it clearly deserves a couple more years in bottle for those tannins on the finish to melt. One of South Africa's ...Read More » 


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RP 90 ST 90

2009 Scali Syrah Voor-Paardeberg Paarl

Winemaker's Notes: "Seductive ripe red fruit and floral notes with pepper, fynbos and fennel spices, and a good dollop of minerality. A long, lingering, well balanced after taste of succulent fruit with excellent tannin structure. We recommend ageing of 3 to 10 years during which time sediment may be deposited in the bottle, and that this wine be decanted to allow it to express it’s true soul! The grapes are hand harvested early in the morning into well vented crates of 10kg capacity and cooled over night to 5°C. Crushing and destemming takes place dire... Read More » 


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2014 A.A. Badenhorst "Ramnasgras" Old Vine Cinsault Swartland

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Ramnasgras Cinsault comes from a vineyard planted in 1956 and it's a superb take on the variety by winemaker Adi Badenhorst. It has an almost Pinot Noir-like purity on the nose with wonderful definition and lift - Morello cherry, shortcake, a touch of orange zest and cola. The palate is very well balanced with harmonious, refined red berry fruit. The acidity keeps this tensile from start to finish and whilst the variety means that it just lacks the substance and weight on the finish that you might yearn, it remains a bottle that you will finish ...Read More » 


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RP 92

2014 Downes Family "Sanctuary Peak" Sauvignon Blanc Elgin South Africa

90 points Vinous: "Very pale, bright yellow. Pungent, high-pitched aromas of lime, gooseberry, anise, white pepper and quinine, plus a suggestion of tropical fruits; reminded me of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. At once salty, juicy and dense; a bit closed in the middle, then opens out and builds on the finish. Suave, concentrated and adamantly dry; Sauvignon in an adult style. Distinctly dry and salty on the aftertaste. There's no rush to consume this wine: I'd wait six months. (ST)" (6/2015)  


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VN 90

2014 Rustenberg Chardonnay Stellenbosch South Africa

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Sourced from three parts of Stellenbosch, 60% of the fruit from the estate, the 2014 Chardonnay is barrel fermented with 12 months in oak and it goes through full malolactic. It has a very well defined bouquet that is minerally and tense with lime flower and a touch of smoked almond. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of passion fruit on the entry with well judged acidity, and it gently rolls out on the peachy finish. You couldn't really ask for more at this price. (NM)" (11/2015) 91 points Vinous: "(about 60% from the estate, the rest from other parts of Stellenbosch; ...Read More » 


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RP 91 VN 91

2012 De Toren "Fusion V" Bordeaux Blend Stellenbosch

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* Bold, dark and concentrated, this blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot still shows some youthful restraint on the nose and palate, suggesting this is a wine best enjoyed after 2018 and through 2024. Seductive notes of toasted oak, cocoa nib, licorice and Thin Mint kiss the black-fruit core of boysenberry, blackberry and cherry. The mouthfeel is dense, with a firm structure and bold tannins that grip the long, spicy finish. (LB)" (12/2015) 93 points Vinous: "Bright medium ruby-red. Inviting aromas o ...Read More » 


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2013 Kershaw "Clonal Selection" Syrah Elgin

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Clonal Selection Elgin Syrah is matured in around 40% new oak. It has a subtle red berry, bergamot and violet-scented bouquet that is very defined and sophisticated. The palate is beautifully balanced, smooth and seductive in the mouth, with the acidity very well judged; there is plenty of lush red cherry, wild strawberry and white pepper notes on the finish. This is is very fine, though I personally have a wild crush on the Chardonnay. (NM)" (8/2015) Wine Spectator: "Focused, with a sanguine thread weaving through the core of lightly steeped plum and cherry fruit, giv ...Read More » 


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RP 90

2010 Glenelly "Lady May" Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch South Africa

91 points Wine Spectator: "Solidly built, with cassis bush, blackberry and fig fruit flavors rolled up with charcoal and bittersweet cocoa notes. The rugged tannins are integrated through the finish, lending this a muscular feel. A buried iron accent should emerge with some cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2019. 250 cases imported. (JM, Web-2014)" 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Lady May is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot and sees 100% new oak for 24 months. That wood seems to be deftly absorbed on the nose with precocious black cherry and black curr ...Read More » 


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