Stellenbosch, Coastal Region

Kanonkop Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

A wine that more than lives up to its reputation, this estate Cabernet from Kanonkop in South Africa is a tremendous flag-bearer for the quality of Bordeaux blends (or, as in this case, single varietals) in the Cape - and particularly in that iconic region Stellenbosch.

An exuberant nose that leaps from the glass and features cassis, fig, cinnamon, some garam masala and cigar box, with more than a gentle tug of graphite. A touch of tomato vine completes what is a very harmonious aroma - and quite an austere one at that. It was ten minutes before I took a sip.

The palate is even more giving, after a two hour decant, with incredibly concentrated flavours of red cherry, blackcurrant and plum, and a lovely undercurrent of dark chocolate and vanilla. This is seriously accomplished stuff, with more than enough backbone to age, and a very long finish. I would love to try this in ten years - even five - but only bought the one bottle so that’s a pipe dream. If this was the Médoc, you’d be thrilled. Truly, an astonishingly good wine.

96+
— 13 hours ago

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Knorhoek

Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 2019

Melon, agave, jasmine, mineral. — 8 days ago

Romain, Ira and 1 other liked this

Dornier

Stellenbosch Malbec 2016

Chocolate, cumin, smoked lamb, plum, fig. I enjoyed this. Won’t age too much longer. — 7 days ago

David and Romain liked this

Delheim

Sur Lie Chardonnay 2018

my first sa chard.

100% single vineyard chardonnay.
9 months in 🌳(30% new).
20% of wine was allowed malolactic conversion.

12.5 % ABV

green with golden hue 👀

wood driven spices, green 🍎 and peach👃

medium + body.
medium + acidity.

green 🍎, peach and nectarine, lime peel and lemon oil, vanilla, cloves and hinted butter 👄

medium + pleasant 🎯

oomphi but still elegant. great wine making.
i believe the 3 years since vintage rounded it for the best. could wait a year or two for better results.

paired best with white fish basic ceviche but also not too bad with mozzarella (introduced as burrata) salad, rice and rattatuee and 'asian' grilled chicken with beans on the side.

ok-ish basic suburbia restaurant with lovely wine brought from my m8 wine fridge.
— 20 days ago

Sharon, David and 1 other liked this

Kaapzicht Estate

Steytler Pentagon Red Blend 2017

Impressive. Made me think of a Spring Mountain Napa Valley cab. — 12 days ago

Josh, Hermes and 3 others liked this

Zevenwacht

Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 2019

Not sure if the ‘old vine’ is a different version. Tasty. Good body with some freshness. Brine. Preserved lemon. Pears. — a day ago

Romain and David liked this

Glenelly Estate

The Glass Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Love this full bodied Cab ! Love the currant flavors and slight pepper finish. — 2 days ago

Reyneke

Cornerstone Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2017

With an absolutely pitch-perfect nose, the 2017 Reyneke Cornerstone, a Bordeaux blend from that famed region of Stellenbosch in the Cape, sports impressive aromas of steeped plum, cassis, fresh pencil shavings and cedar, alongside allspice and a hint of vanilla.

The palate is concentrated - thick, almost - with tremendous clarity to the fruit, which pulsates across the mouth with great poise. All of this is kept in check by very fine grained tannins, good acidity and a bitter cocoa note on the long finish.

Impressive stuff.

94+
— 13 hours ago

Reyneke

Organic Syrah 2018

Quite a complex nose to this 2018 Biodynamic Syrah from Reyneke, and one that immediately positions this wine some way above its asking price. Blackberry, macerated cherry, fig and smoky bacon steal the show, with singed cigar, black peppercorn and fresh green pepper in the wings.

Deep, inky palate with more than a nod to Cornas, with its savoury flavours of grilled meat and fairly rich profile - this is young, and wants a couple more years in bottle to better integrate. Promising stuff.
— 13 hours ago

Meerlust

Rubicon Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

Fantastic, but different than what you’d expect. Lighter- SA smoked ancient earth. Gooseberry, roasted jalapeños. Savory and charming. Medium bodied. — 20 days ago

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