Stellenbosch Wine

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Stellenbosch is located within the Coastal Region in South Africa’s Western Cape province. It is perhaps the most prestigious of the country’s wine regions. 
 
The area is named for the town that was settled in the mid 1670s with the establishment of the Dutch East India Company. The French Huguenots soon came to the region and planted vineyards. By the time the British controlled South Africa in the 1800s, this fledgling wine industry was beginning to boom. The British were pleased to have a source of good wine at a time their on-again-off-again relationship with France was on a downswing. But Britain and France kissed and made up again, and then Phylloxera struck by the end of the century. This double-whammy put a cork in the works for a long while. 
 
The University of Stellenbosch and its wine education program was established in 1918. In 1925, Dr. William Charles Winshaw established the Stellenbosch Farmer’s Winery (SFW) association to promote Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinotage

    History of the grape: In 1925, Stellenbosch University Chief Horticulture Professor Abraham Izak Perold created the P...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

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  • Longridge

    Whenever there's a moment worth celebrating, there's Longridge. Prized wine estate, deliciously...

  • Slaley Estate Wine

    The origin of the name Slaley cannot be understood without reference to the Hunting Family. Char...

  • Robertson Winery

    Our winery has a long-standing tradition of dedicated grape-growing families, some of whom are 4t...

  • Kanonkop Estate

    Kanonkop Estate has been described by those in the know as being the South African equivalent of ...

  • Stellekaya Winery

    Stellekaya is a privately owned boutique wine producer situated in the heart of the Cape Wineland...

  • Neil Ellis Wines

    Neil Ellis Wines differs from most South African wineries in that instead of owning vineyards we ...

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Stellenbosch on Snooth

  • Demorgenzon Chenin Blanc 2012

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    Intensely aromatic this is both floral and herbal at the same time with lots of almost medicinal fennel seed and coriander notes layered under white flowers and polleny notes. Theres some oak here and that adds to the spiciness of the nose and help to frame the core of apple and quince fruit that wrapped in dusty nuance. Faintly sweet on entry, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Demorgenzon Chenin Blanc 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012

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    Earthy on the nose with faint shadings of oak adding nnce and contrast to the dried apple and faintly spicy fruit that has a gentle honied cast to it. Dry, firm and austere on entry, this has real nervous energy on the palate as it opens with dried citrus peel, melon and tart apple flavors. Its a restrained, almost elegant, if not for its intens... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ken Forrester Reserve Chenin Blanc 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • De Morgenzon Dmz Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Complex aromas of wildflowers, cut grass, tangerine, fig, white pepper and melon slowly and subtly fill the glass. A moderately large scaled wine, theres a terrific vein of acidity driving this across the palate. the flavors show early flashes of fig and melon before they are joined by subtle herbal element and a nice base of tangerine/tangelo t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • De Morgenzon Dmz Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • Rustenberg Established Red 2012

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Mullineux White Blend 2011

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  • Protea Red Blend 2011

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    Wine review by mark


  • Protea Red Blend 2011

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    65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% ShirazThe label, all very well designed one would think, directs you to find blackberry, espresso and spice in this wine. I certainly find the spice on the nose, but more weedy herbal character and black currant fruit than blackberry or espresso. Its a gentle nose, Cabernet driven though creamy and slightly... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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