South Africa

Wine Press

‘Wines That Entertain as Well as Impress’

Lettie Teague went out in search of wines with silly names that still deliver in terms of quality. She wanted real wines made by real winemakers with a sense of humor, not a mass-market brand with a clever marketing team. Our own Lukas van Loggerenberg made the short list with his 2020 Trust Your Gut […]
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New Zealand

Wine Press

Auntsfield Estate with Two Top 100 Wines from James Suckling

The Cowley family continues to overdeliver with excellent wine and supreme value and again they have been recognized for the hard work in the vineyard and winery.  The 2019 ‘Single Vineyard’ Pinot Noir was named the #80 wine overall from New Zealand with the 2020 ‘Single Vineyard’ Sauvignon Blanc just behind it at #82, both […]
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South Africa

Wine Press

Chardonnay Report: Discovery of the Year – Lelie Van Saron

It is probably a bit late in the game to call Natasha Williams’ brand Lelie Van Saron a ‘discovery’ at this stage in the game (and Christian Eedes addresses that at the bottom in the comments), but for many Lelie Van Saron is still an unknown.  Congratulations to Natasha and the present and future are incredibly […]
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South Africa

Wine Press

South Africa with a Cedilha: Thistle & Weed’s Portuguese Nuance

While not the entirety of the focus of Stephanie Wiid and Etienne Terblanche’s joint venture better known as Thistle & Weed, Portuguese and Iberian grapes as a whole are becoming more important to them.  The idea of sustainability is more than the farming and winemaking practices, as making the correct decisions on grape varieties will often […]
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South Africa

Wine Press

A Wildling Out in the Berry Fields…Mother Rock

We didn’t call Stompie a wildling as that was the quote from Wine & Spirits Magazine!  His new outpost is definitely beyond The Wall metaphorically speaking as the new Platteklip Vineyard is truly in a world of its own.  Under the Mother Rock, Stompie continues to produce some of the natural wine world’s great values […]
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South Africa

Wine Press

Vinous Cellar Favorite: Paulus ‘Bosberaad’ Chenin Blanc

Neal Martin has a pretty gifted and spoiled palate, given the sheer amount of world-class and benchmark wines he has tasted. There are not many people on this planet whom have had the superstar wines with decades of age, but Neal has!  Recently one special Swartland Chenin Blanc really capture his emotions and he highlighted […]
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South Africa

Wine Press

Franco Lourens Achieves New Heights with the 2019s

Christian Eedes, one of the foremost critics and tastemakers of South African wines recently went through Franco’s precise and elegant ’19s and was floored by the quality of the young winemaker.  Now sharing a shed in Paarl with Lukas Van Loggerenberg, Franco is focused on his brand entirely and will continue to grow into his […]
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Australia

Wine Press

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW Dives into the World of Sami-Odi

Lisa Perrotti-Brown is the editor of the most important global wine publication, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.  This was Lisa’s first visit with Fraser and needless to say was blown away by what she found.  They discuss Adrian Hoffman’s amazing vineyard, Fraser’s work converting it to biodynamics, what makes the wines special and a little background […]
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Australia

Wine Press

Woodlands Sits Atop First & Second Growths of Bordeaux: Cape Mentelle Cabernet Tasting

Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon continues to represent some of the best value on the planet for the variety.  If only Margaret River was instead called ‘Napa Valley’ or even ‘Bolgheri’ the wines would find much more demand.  Lucky though for those that are in the know while others continue to buy on blind loyalty. The […]
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