Stellenbosch

In a nutshell:

  • Ground Zero for wine quality
  • Second oldest town in SA
  • Cabernet is King

Stellenbosch

A Trio of Bubblies

♥♥♥♥♥ Villiera Monro Brut 2007 toasty, intense limey citrus flavours, fine chalky bubble

♥♥♥♥ Villiera Brut Natural 2009 fresh and lively nose, ripe yellow fruit, pear drops and baked apples, chalk and smoke

Spier 2007 rich and ripe nose, green palate plus citrus marmalade

Five White Blends

♥♥♥♥♥ Waterkloof Circle of Life White 2011thatch and hay, sweetly fruited, some dried fruits, figs, honey with a creamy palate and flinty minerality

♥♥♥♥♥ Morgenster White 2011 peach peel and pith, overripe oranges, sweet and spicy oak, flinty minerality, world class

♥♥♥Jordan Chameleon 2011 Chardonnay on the nose, tropical Sauvignon Blanc on the palate with some citrus, peaches and herbs

♥♥♥ Zevenwacht Tin Mine White 2011 matches on the nose, pineapples on palate, tangy fruit style

Kaapzicht Combination,2012 floral buds and tropical, easy going

One Rousanne

Rustenberg Stellenbosch Roussanne 2011 intense lime and veggies, sappy

One Viognier

Waterkloof Circumstance Viognier 2011 light peaches, woody

A Duo of Rieslings

♥♥♥ Jordan The Real McCoy Riesling 2011 fresh and lively, tropical, sweet and sour style

Hartenberg Riesling 2010 petrol nose, tangy floral palate, lemon pulp and zest

Nineteen Sauvignon Blancs

  1. ♥♥♥♥♥ Webersburg 2011 toasty floral, creamy, complex, long, a world class wine
  2. ♥♥♥♥♥ Jordan The Outlier 2009 rich and ripe, grassy floral, dusty dried apricots and figs
  3. ♥♥♥♥ Villiera Traditional Bush Vine 2011 herbal nose, broad sappy palate
  4. ♥♥♥♥ Warwick Professor Black 2011 cheesy nose, rich and ripe palate, gooseberry cheesecake
  5. ♥♥♥♥ Woolworths Lonely Blue Gum 2012 ripe tropical fruit in a style everyone adores
  6. ♥♥♥♥ Dalla Cia 2012 shy nose mineral palate with tropical fruit
  7. ♥♥♥♥ Jordan 2012 dusty green peppers and peas, very long finish
  8. ♥♥♥ Hidden Valley 2012 icy fresh citrus lemon palate, long finish
  9. ♥♥♥ Kaapzicht 2012 chalky minerality, zingy fruit
  10. ♥♥♥ Saxenburg Private Collection 2012 rich palate, tangy gooseberries”
  11. ♥♥♥ Waterkloof Circumstance 2012 icy freshness, unusual, very elegant, biodynamic style natural with yeasty, almost beer-like nose
  12. ♥♥♥ Helderberg Wijmakerij 2011 extreme asparagus explosion
  13. ♥♥♥ Miravel 2011 precise flavours long palate
  14. ♥♥♥ Thelema 2011 cat’s wee nose, peardrops, lemons and limes palate
  15. ♥♥♥ Avontuur Sarabande 2010 cream soda, fynbos, herbal, rooibos tea
  16. Beau Joubert 2012 cat’s wee and tropical and lemon rind
  17. Bilton Bonnie Anne 2012 zingy fruit hits the sweet spot
  18. Hoopenburg 2012 fresh peaches, easy drinking
  19. Clos Malverne 2011 rich and creamy pear drops and honey

A Dozen Chenin Blancs

  1. ♥♥♥♥♥ Oldenburg Vineyards 2011 grippy, long, fabulously creamy flavours, toasty oak, spicy minerality
  2. ♥♥♥♥♥ De Trafford 2011 completely different style: almond and lemon cheesecake, honey, persistent
  3. ♥♥♥♥♥ Waterkloof Circumstance 2011 coffee mocha toasty sweet fruit, yeast, citrus and nuts
  4. ♥♥♥♥ Morgenhof 2011 rich nuts, toasted almonds and hazelnuts, Frangelico style
  5. ♥♥♥♥ Woolworths Classic 2011 ample tropical fruit and peaches, superior oaking, rich and ripe
  6. ♥♥♥ Villiera 2012 ripe stone fruit, some jam and minerality
  7. ♥♥♥ Jordan 2011 fresh and limey, toast and nuts
  8. ♥♥♥ Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2011 Asian all spice exotic honey and chalk
  9. Kaapzicht 2012 tangy boiled sweets, ripe pears
  10. Mooiplaas Bush Vines 2011 green bananas, vanilla milkshake
  11. Zevenwacht 2011 baryardy nose, spicy, rustic palate
  12. Villiera Barrel Fermented 2010 nutty stone fruit cheesecake

Seventeen Chardonnays

  1. ♥♥♥♥♥ Jordan Nine Yards 2011 top of the pops, icy fresh yellow fruits, world class
  2. ♥♥♥♥♥ Rustenberg Five Soldiers 2010 a blockbuster.  Fantastic intensity and elegance
  3. ♥♥♥♥♥ Oldenburg Vineyards 2011 intense, fine flavours, elegant and minty
  4. ♥♥♥♥♥ Jordan Barrel Fermented 2010 fresh, sweetly fruited, overripe oranges and nuts
  5. ♥♥♥♥♥ Grand vin de Glenelly 2011 fresh yellow fruits, persistent creamy palate
  6. ♥♥♥♥ Eikendal 2011 wonderful balance, tangy fresh fruit, citrus and chalk
  7. ♥♥♥ Bartinney 2011 attractive oaky nose, sweet cheesecake, icy fresh
  8. ♥♥♥ Journey’s End 2011 finely fruited, chalky minerality
  9. ♥♥♥ Journey’s End Destination 2011 big and buttery, fat, toast and nuts
  10. ♥♥♥ Lanzerac 2011 fresh and floral with a nutty palate
  11. ♥♥♥ Brennaissance Knight of White 2010 chary oak, sweet fruit, popcorn, nuts and spice
  12. Neil Ellis Stellenbosch 2011 spritzy yellow fruit and pear drops
  13. Overgaauw 2011 big heavy palate with extra cream
  14. Rustenberg Stellenbosch 2011 elegant, sweetly fruited, fine and long lasting with a grip
  15. De Meye unwooded 2012 clean yellow fruit, easy going
  16. Jordan unwooded 2012 intense, piercing pears
  17. Hartenberg 2009 limes and citrus with a silky palate

A Matching Pair of Dry Rosés

♥♥♥ Delheim Rosé 2012 muscat cherries and plums, green banana with a touch of lime

Kanonkop Kadette 2011 firm tannins, intense prune and plum flavours

A Pinot Noir

♥♥♥♥ Peter Falke 2011 perfumed cherries, tangy plums and creamy melon, dry finish

A Sangiovese

Morgenster Caruso 2011 roses and crisp mulberries with candied stone fruit

A Nebbiolo

♥♥♥♥ Morgenster Nabucco 2009 exotic resinous, almost veggie nose with mossy oak but wow, what an intense palate

A Trio of Cabernet Francs

♥♥♥♥♥ Oldenburg 2009 silky tannins, huge persistence, some veggie notes with spicy toast and chocolate berries not overripe, good wooding

♥♥♥ Avontuur 2009 hints of tropical fruit and eucalyptus, strawberries on nose and palate

Audacia 2010 stalky nose, intense woody green fruits, with a touch of earth, drink now

Twenty Merlots

  1. ♥♥♥♥♥ Thelema Reserve 2009 spicy sweet oak nose, creamy elegant palate, persistent, world class
  2. ♥♥♥♥♥ Saxenburg Private Collection 2009 salty minerality, liquorice and grilled peppers
  3. ♥♥♥♥♥ Yonder Hill 2009 elegant, persistent, minty cherries and plums
  4. ♥♥♥♥ Groenland Premium 2009 sweet and spicy berries with dense flavours and huge persistence
  5. ♥♥♥♥ Eikendal 2010 savory plums and spearmint, tangy fruit and long finish
  6. ♥♥♥ Fleur du Cap Unfiltered 2010 extra toasty, chunky tannins and powerful minty berry flavours
  7. ♥♥♥ Brennaissance Queen of Hearts 2010 ripe black plums, savory spice, olives
  8. ♥♥♥ Woolworths Koffie Klip 2010 exotic oak and spice, silky palate
  9. ♥♥♥ Morgenhof 2009 dense cherry and plum flavours, cinnamon spice
  10. ♥♥♥ Spier Cape Winemakers Guild 2009 elegant red plums and chocolate
  11. ♥♥♥ Thelema 2009 juicy red and black plums and mint
  12. ♥♥♥ De Trafford 2008 super savory and spicy, tongue-coating tannins, peppery leather
  13. ♥♥♥ Journey’s End 2008 meaty, fynbos, pepper and mint
  14. ♥♥♥ Muratie Alberta Annemarie 2008 incredibly fresh and lively, tangy, red fruits and spicy oak
  15. ♥♥♥ Annandale Chalbert 2005 complex plums, prunes and leather
  16. Remhoogte Reserve 2007 black stone fruit and chutney
  17. Overgaauw 2010 sweet red and blackberries, spicy sweet oak
  18. Rust en Vrede 2011 intense sweet red plums and mint
  19. Jordan 2009 lively sweet red berries and plums
  20. Villiera 2010 green pepper nose, candied berry palate

Twenty Nine Cabernets

  1. ♥♥♥♥♥ Brennaissance King of Clubs 2009 world class cabernet: chocolate and chalk, spicy deluxe
  2. ♥♥♥♥♥ Guardian Peak Lapa 2009 huge wine with a long road ahead, spicy chocolate and chalk
  3. ♥♥♥♥♥ Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2009 stunner, long, dense red fruit and chocolate, superb oak management
  4. ♥♥♥♥♥ Stark-Condé Three Pines 2009 intense floral, cassis and red stone fruit chutney
  5. ♥♥♥♥♥ Thelema The Mint 2009 tangy berry fruit silky palate, oh, and there’s some mint
  6. ♥♥♥♥♥ Waterkloof Circumstance 2009 round mouth-filling, dense and long
  7. ♥♥♥♥♥ Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2007 tobacco spicy, peppery red and black fruits with intense sucrosity
  8. ♥♥♥♥♥ Rustenberg Peter Barlow 2007 intense elegance, cassis and minerals.  Catherine Deneuve elegance
  9. ♥♥♥♥♥ Stark-Condé Oude Nektar 2008 elegant concentration, black berries, chocolate and red stone fruit, persistent
  10. ♥♥♥♥ Thelema 2008 xmas cake nose, baked stone fruit chutney and mint
  11. ♥♥♥♥ Oldenburg 2009 cherries and meat, tobacco and spice
  12. ♥♥♥♥ Stark-Condé Stellenbosch 2009 fine berries and mulberries and spice
  13. ♥♥♥♥ Bartinney 2009 good concentration, bell pepper chutney, ripe red and stone fruit peel and pulp, elegance
  14. ♥♥♥ Eikendal 2010 coffee chocolate, tangy blackcurrant fruit and mushrooms
  15. ♥♥♥ Fleur de Cap Unfiltered 2010 concentrated red and blackcurrants
  16. ♥♥♥ Glenelly Lady May 2010 very youthful, silky tannins, good flavour concentration
  17. ♥♥♥ Rust en Vrede 2010 fresh and lively, tomatoes and khakibos
  18. ♥♥♥ De Trafford 2009 concentrated, fine wine with a touch of barnyard
  19. ♥♥♥ Neil Ellis 2009 tomato paste, ripe plums, fresh and lingering
  20. ♥♥♥ Kaapzicht 2008 clean, ripe berry style, silky palate with eucalyptus menthol tobacco flavours
  21. ♥♥♥ Amares 2007 overripe baked fruit and spice in a Port style
  22. ♥♥♥ Saxenburg Private Collection 2007 peas and mint, spicy toast and sugared dried fruits
  23. Webersburg 2007 meaty, minty black berries and chocolate
  24. Journey’s End The Cape Doctor 2007 spice sweet oak, dense and silky palate
  25. Villiera 2010 rhubarb, toast and spice
  26. Zevenwacht 2010 chocolate and chalk with firm tannins
  27. Helderberg Wijnmakerij 2011 fresh bell peppers,
  28. De Meye Little River 2010 sugary fruit, fresh and lively
  29. Jordan 2009 toasted plums and grilled bell peppers

Twenty Eight Shirazes

  1. ♥♥♥♥♥ Rust en Vrede Single Vineyard 2009 dense flavours, an adamastor, totally world class, dense, intense, long, superlative syrah, long legs
  2. ♥♥♥♥♥ De Trafford 2010 mineral monster, solid as a lump of oak, liqueur-like intensity
  3. ♥♥♥♥♥ Rust en Vrede 2010 spicy chocolate and berries, silky style, typicity and elegance very long
  4. ♥♥♥♥ Graceland 2011 good concentration, fresh and rich chocolate stone fruit, long
  5. ♥♥♥♥ Hartenberg Doorkeeper 2010 brambles and raspberries on the nose and palate, red fruits dominate, freshness a feature
  6. ♥♥♥♥ Stark-Condé Three Pines 2009 tomato leaf and paste, milky red fruit fresh
  7. ♥♥♥♥ Mooiplaas Watershed 2008 wine gums, intense dried fruit flavours, blockbuster style with mint
  8. ♥♥♥♥ Rust en Vrede Cirrus 2008 herbal monster, fynbos fiend, spicy toast and minerals
  9. ♥♥♥♥ Annandale 2004 fynbos tea, silky, complex fynbos notes
  10. ♥♥♥♥ Zevenwacht 2008 Rhônish nose, savory and spicy, tangy red fruit elegant
  11. ♥♥♥♥ Amani Forest Myers 2007 perfumed, fresh, lively palate, tangy dried fruit
  12. ♥♥♥♥ Amani Forest Myers (red label) 2007 fresh and lively, red spectrum of flavours, wax and toast with a lingering finish
  13. ♥♥♥ Stellekaya 2008 milky and silky with Viognier perfume, feminine style
  14. ♥♥♥ Thelema 2009 coffee chocolate some mushrooms and milky, minty red fruit
  15. ♥♥♥ Amani Pendana 2008 red berry tea, ripe and leafy fynbos, elegant
  16. ♥♥♥ Kaapzicht 2008 tobacco and leather, juicy red berries and mint
  17. Amares 2007 popular commercial style, jammy dried fruit, rich and toasty
  18. Journey’s End 2007 earthy palate, chunky red fruit
  19. Groenland Premium 2008 smoky raspberries and dried cherries
  20. Kleine Zalze Family Reserve 2007 ripe blackberries, toast and toffee
  21. Saxenburg Private Collection 2007 jammy fruit, spicy and toasty
  22. Remhoogte Valentino 2010 toasty oak, plums and prunes and chewy tannins
  23. Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection 2009 overripe, jammy tropical fruit, bananas and leather
  24. Muratie Ronnie Melck 2009 earthy palate, jammy fruit with grippy tannins
  25. Oldenburg Vineyards 2009 oxidative style baked fruits and chocolate, silky palate
  26. De Meye Little River 2011 juicy sweet red berry fruit
  27. Rustenberg Stellenbosch 2009 green nose, chunky tannins, red fruit savoury
  28. Stark-Condé Stellenbosch 2009 bacon toast and spicy red plums

Six Pinotages

  1. ♥♥♥♥♥ Kanonkop 2010 intense, dense, classy, huge length, pastille style
  2. ♥♥♥♥ Lanzerac Pionier 2009 the perfect pinotage: intense red cherry flavours, dense and spicy
  3. ♥♥♥♥ Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection 2010 toasty oak, redcurrants and mulberries, raspberry jam and chocolate
  4. Spier Cape Winemakers Guild 2009 chocolate, ripe bananas and liquorice
  5. Spier 21 Gables 2010 powerful and extracted, banana jam
  6. Hidden Valley 2011 coffee mocha chocolate red berries

Five Stickies

  1. ♥♥♥♥ Thelema Vin de Hel Muscat Late Harvest 2008 rich and ripe, abundant apricots, litchi and intense granadilla
  2. ♥♥♥♥ Dornier Froschkönig Natural Sweet 2009 freshly baked apples and pears, good balance between acid and sugar
  3. ♥♥♥ De Trafford Straw Wine 2010 creamy cooked apricots, cooking apples with a zingy minerality
  4. ♥♥♥ Jordan Mellifera Noble Late Harvest 2011 intense and piercing peaches, pineapple and pear jam
  5. Vergenoegd Limited Edition Tawny Port 1999 rancio and nuts, cinnamon, chocolate and raisins

Red Blends

  1. ♥♥♥♥♥ Rust en Vrede 1694 Classification 2007 peach peel of Shiraz, toasty coconut, huge length, intensity, wow!  Superlative oak management balance ripeness and extraction with silkiness; the nose is perfect
  2. ♥♥♥♥♥ Thelema Rabelais 2008 floral, violet aromas, incredibly fresh peach peel and violets world class wine
  3. ♥♥♥♥♥ Rust en Vrede Estate 2009 chalky minerals and chocolate, intense, rich and silky, long and densely flavoured
  4. ♥♥♥♥♥ Warwick Trilogy 2009 red and blackcurrants, elegant fresh oak with impressive balance
  5. ♥♥♥♥♥ De Toren Fusion V 2010 a vinous black hole, elegant, long, silky, balance, mineral chalk and toast
  6. ♥♥♥♥♥ De Toren Z 2010 light and elegant, intense, fresh and lively, chocolate and stone fruit
  7. ♥♥♥♥♥ Guardian Peak SMG 2010 silky, density, extreme spice, length and balance
  8. ♥♥♥♥♥ Lanzerac le General 2008 dense, intense, silky, tangy fruit (bananas plums and spicy peaches)
  9. ♥♥♥♥ The High Road Director’s Reserve 2008 bacon and sweet raspberries, milky pastries, sugary
  10. ♥♥♥♥ The High Road Reserve 2008 palate intensity, milky, silky palate
  11. ♥♥♥♥ Dalla Cia Georgio 2007 green peppers tangy tomato leaf, fresh and vibrant
  12. ♥♥♥♥ Eikendal Charisma 2009 spicy and dry stone fruit plus savoury orange marmalade
  13. ♥♥♥♥ Overgaauw Tria Corda 2009 attractive nose, minty chocolate stone fruit, long
  14. ♥♥♥♥ Graceland Strawberry Fields 2010 attractive berry nose, dense vanilla palate, silky
  15. ♥♥♥♥ Clos Malverne Auret 2009 tangy, grippy, red berries and licorice, very woody
  16. ♥♥♥♥ Kaapzicht Steytler Vision 2008 creamy, rich, sugary, with a hint of leather
  17. ♥♥♥♥ Bartinney Noble Savage Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2009 tomato paste style fresh and zippy, a bargain gourmand wine
  18. ♥♥♥♥ Dornier Donatus Red 2009 tropical fruit, very dry, mint and spice
  19. ♥♥♥♥ Muratie Ansela van de Caab 2009 clean and ripe, sweet berry flavours with extra toast
  20. ♥♥♥ Villiera Down to Earth Touriga Naçional/Shiraz 2011 spicy bergamot and violets on the nose, fresh juicy sweet fruit palate
  21. ♥♥♥ Overgaauw Touriga Naçional/Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ripe mulberries with tangy intensity and grip
  22. ♥♥♥ Remhoogte Woodbrook Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2011 grippy tannins, dusty vanilla, dense flavours
  23. ♥♥♥ Avontuur Vintners Red 2010 sweet plummy fruit and chocolate
  24. ♥♥♥ Zevenwacht Tin Mine Red 2010 spicy toast, young and tropical fruit, lively palate
  25. ♥♥♥ Remhoogte Aigle Noir Estate 2010 spicy berry fruit, chewy tannins
  26. ♥♥♥ Remhoogte Estate Blend 2007 wonderful nose, toasty bell peppers
  27. ♥♥♥ Yonder Hill Inanda 2009 sweet fruit, clean and fresh
  28. ♥♥♥ Bilton Sir Percy 2008 spicy mourvèdre gives it a lift to all that spicy oak
  29. ♥♥♥ Kaapzich Steytler Pentagon 2008 herbal nose, sweetly fruited palate, fynbos, methol, eucalpypt, Port style
  30. ♥♥♥ The High Road Classique 2008 coffee, very fresh fruit, tangy
  31. ♥♥♥ Romond Rebus Cabernet 2007 minty, ripe red berries, long and fresh
  32. ♥♥♥ Brennaissance Full House 2010 density, minty, sour cherries
  33. ♥♥♥ Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch Ridge 2010 huge wine, fine and precise flavours, rustic tannins
  34. ♥♥♥ Rustenberg John X Merriman 2010 rich and ripe, big tannins, booming finish
  35. ♥♥♥ Beau Joubert Ambassador 2009 elegant and fresh, spicy eucalyptus
  36. Vergenoegd Runner Duck Red 2010 toasty green peppers and orange marmalade
  37. Avontuur Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2008 lively red fruit in balance with oak
  38. Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2009 fresh, zippy acids, charming
  39. Beau Joubert Oak Lane Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2011 chewy red and black berries plus spicy chocolate
  40. Jordan Chameleon Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2010 fresh and light, tangy fruit
  41. Dornier Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2009 ripe and juicy, bell pepper chutney
  42. Kaapzicht Kaleidoscope 2010 smoky, sweet and juicy
  43. Kaapzicht Estate Red 2010 super toasty, sugary finish
  44. Stark Condé Lingen Jonkershoek 2010 juicy red fruits, tangy, silky palate
  45. Kanonkop Kadette Red 2010 ripe bananas, grippy palate and chocolate
  46. Eikendal Classique 2009 whisky-style malted cereals, extra spicy dry finish
  47. Clos Malverne Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2010 toasty oak and berrie
  48. Rustenberg Stellenbosch RM Nicholson 2009 ripe berries and generous tannins, grips like a vice
  49. Waterkloof Circle of Life 2009 sweet red fruit jam on toast
  50. Stellekaya Boschetto Red 2009 exotic berry flavours, sweetly fruited, some mint
  51. Kaapzicht Bin 3 2009 meat and tangy plums