Wine – SA Red Wines

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South African Red Wines

Platter ratings :

1* plain and simple | 2* pleasant drinking | 3* characterful, appealing | 3.5* very good / promising

4* excellent | 4.5* outstanding | 5* superlative; a South African classic

 

Books Etc South Africa ratings :

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N(Y)L = Not (yet) listed in Platter

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Abingdon Syrah 2008 A

Abingdon Syrah 2008 | Platter 3.5*

Platter 2010 “Emphatic choc-mocha oak notes but also bright red fruit, scrub & pepper, refreshing acidity, spicy tail. Best lightly chilled.”

Alvi's Drift Drift Fusion 2009 A

Alvi’s Drift | Drift Fusion 2009 | Platter 4*

Platter 2013 “Suave combo cab, pinotage & in 09, shiraz. Berry & clove appeal, supportive tannins, savoury & dry finish despite grain sugar & das new American oak.”

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Anura | Arpeggio Shiraz Mouvedre Vignonier 2013 | Platter NYL

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Bon Courage Inkara Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 A

Bon Courage Inkara Cab S 2016 | Platter 4*

Platter 2009 “Hint [of] cedar a clue to variety in 06, loads mocha and dark choc richness to prune fruit. Lovely concentrtation, tannins add needed texture, some dryness to finish. RS seems high at 4.7g/l, dtracts from serious intent. New Fr oak 18-24 mths …”

 

Brampton OVR 2010 A

Brampton Old Vines Red 2010 | Platter 4*

Platter 2013 “Sappy … now shiraz-led blend. Supple, structured & balanced, with appealing dusty spice undertone. Accessible earlier than 09, with 3-4 years development.”

Brampton OVR 2011 A

Brampton Old Vine Red 2011 | Platter NL

Apparently not listed in Platter.

Platter 2015 “Cab-led blend with shiraz, merlot 12 (3.5*) ex tank, vanilla-infused plum & prune nose, note of savoury spices; just enough grip for food. Great refinement came from 10.

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Duckitt Cab S Cab F Merlot 2013 A

Cloof Duckitt Cab S, Cab F, Merlot 2013 | Platter 4*

Platter 2016 ” … wild berries & leafiness of 30% cab franc prevail …”

Cloof Duckitt Cab S Merlot Cab F 2014 A

Cloof | Duckitt Cab S Merlot Cab F 2014 | Platter NYL

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Darling Cellars Black Granite Shiraz 2013 A

Darling Cellars Black Granite Shiraz 2013 | Platter 3.5*

Platter 2015 “Powerfully aromatic black pepper spicing to berry fruits on savoury 13, very satisfying & vibrant red-fruited finish.”

De Grendel Merlot 2009

De Grendel Merlot 2009 | Platter 3*

Platter 2012 “Red berries, herbal note on nose of 09. Juicy fruit, soft tannins on palate but green character persists. Oak well judged.”

De Villiers Merlot 2014 A

De Villiers Merlot 2014 | Platter – not rated

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Delheim | Cab S 2007 | Platter 4*

Platter 2010 “Intriguing fennel nuance … white pepper & lead pencils; more asure than usual but classic cab. Will age beautifully.”

Du Toitskloof Dimension 2010 A

Du Toitskloof Dimension Nebbiolo 2010 | Platter 3.5*

Platter 2014 “Bold, just off-dry 10, earthy berries & variety’s naturally firm tannins, good balance & spicy nut conclusion.”

Du Toitskloof Pinotage Merlot Ruby Cab 2013 A

Du Toitskloof | Pinotage Merlot Ruby Cab 2013 | Platter 3*

Platter 2015 “Soft, succulent plum fruit on charming 13, just-dry with a moreish and savoury conclusion.”

Du Toitskloof Tunnel Red NV A

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Platter 2015 “Semi-sweet cab, soft and well balanced, with nice gentle grip, fun.”

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Ernie Els Big Easy 2008 A

Ernie Els Big Easy 2008 | Platter 4.5*

Platter 2012 “Ambitious take on Bordeaux-style blend, 08 has forthcoming nose of ripe dark fruit & oak spice. Opulent & polished with huge flavour concentration, smooth texture & gentle acidity. Big 15% alc & a few grams of sugar have their influence.”

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Fairview Goats Do Roam 2012

Fairview Goats do Roam Red 2012 | Platter 3.5*

Platter 2014 “Appetising, perfumed 12 from 12 Rhône varieties make for silky smooth, fruit-packed mouthful. Robust, rustic food friendly. WO W Cape.”

Goats Do Roam 2013 A

Fairview Goats do Roam Red 2013 | Platter 3.5*

Platter 2015 : No tasting notes.

Franki's Grenache 2010

Franki’s Grenache 2010 | Platter 3*

Platter 2012 “Appealing  & rich, hint of blackcurrant sweetness, spread of berries on debut 10.”

Franschhoek Cellars Merlot 2014 A

Franschhoek Cellars The Old Museum Merlot 2014 | Platter 2.5*

Platter 2016 “Very sippable 14 with mocha nuance, hint of sweetness & brush of new oak well integrated.”

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Glen Carlou Cab S 2006 A

Glen Carlou Cab S 2006 | Platter 4*

Platter 2008 “NEW. With 13.8% alc, subtle fruit, dry yet chalky finish, 06 most classically styled of all the reds. Restrained core of cassis, dark choc & cedar ex-14 mths oak (Fr/Am 60/40), sappy, fine tannins; combines elegance with ageability.”

Grangehurst pinotage 2001 obverse

Grangehurst Pinotage 2001 | Platter 4*

Platter 2007 “Gd varietal aromas lead to powerful, sweetly fruity flavours awaiting integration with big dry tannins. Impressive & rather tough mid-2006; few yrs should do some softening.  Like others, fermented in open tanks, then to basket press.”

Guardian Peak SMG 2011 A

Guardian Peak SMG 2011 | Platter 4*

Platter 2014 ” … has black cherry vibrancy from unoaked grenache while shiraz still leads mourvèdre, as in 10. Ripe yet layered. Ample spice & and lightly tannic tail. WO Stellenbosch.

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Hartenberg | Alchemy Shiraz Mouvedre Grenache 2014 | Platter NYL

 

Hartenberg Pinotage 2006 A

Hartenberg Pinotage 2006 | Platter 4*

Platter 2009: “Step up for 06 with all the opulence & fruit concentration, seamless oak tannin (23 mths Fr, 50% new) …”

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Jacobsdal | Pinotage 2007 | Platter 3.5*

Platter 2011 “Classically styled … plum fruit & not unattractive farmyard character, fresh acidity, fine tannins.”

Jason's Creek Classic Red 2010 A

Jason’s Creek Classic Red 2010 | Platter 2.5*

Platter 2014 “Ripe & smokey with same alcoholic glow as others in the range, off-dry conclusion”

Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 A

Jordan Cab S 2006 | Platter 4*

Platter 2009 “Measured, utterly correct but oh what pleasures await in time … Modern yet restrained 06, nutty cassis sewn into tight tannic structure for now. One for the cellar. 18 mths Fr wood. 13% alc.”

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Jordan | Cab S 2013 | Platter NYL

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Journey’s End | Pastor’s Blend Cab S Merlot 2014 | Platter NYL

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Karusa Sirah 2012 A

Karusa Double Black Petite Sirah 2012 | Platter 3*

Platter 2015 : No tasting notes

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Kleine Zalze | Gamay Noir 2015 | Platter NYL

KWV Pinotage 2013 A

KWV Classic Collection Pinotage 2013 | Platter NL http://www.booksetc.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/x-mark-red.jpg

Platter 2013 : 2012 2.5*

Only KWV brandies and sherry-style wines listed in Platter 2016.

Price exceeds quality …

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Luck Bug 2009 obverse

Laibach Wines Luck Bug 2009 | Platter NL

Not listed in Platter.

Luck Bug Red 2012 B

Laibach Wines Luck Bug Red 2012 | Platter NL

Not listed in Platter.

Lion Creek Cab S Shiraz 2012 A

Lion Creek Cab S – Shiraz 2012 | Platter 3.5*

Platter 2015 “Plush and juicy 12, sprinkle of white paper on ripe red cherry & plum fruit, thickish tannins.”

Longmarket Cab S 2012 A

Longmarket Cab S 2012 | Platter 3*

Platter 2014 ” Improving on previous, 12 offers dark berry, mint chocolate & coffee highlights on plummy palate.”

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Meerhof Syrah 2008

Meerhof Syrah 2008 | Platter 4*

Platter 2012 ” Admirably delicate 08 presents full, pure dark spice, truffle flavoursa. Fish core, comfortably padded tannins add to current enjoyment. Includes splashes mouvèdre, viognier.

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Nabygelegen Scaramanga 2014 A

Nabygelegen Scaramanga Red 2014 | Platter 4*

Platter 2016 “Cab, merlot & malbec with 20% tempranillo shows consistent serious form, 14 having the warmth of the vintage and perhaps peaking earlier. Wild spice & coconut combining with ripe dark fruit & slight herbaceous tones.”

Nederburg Baronne 2009 obverse

Nederburg Baronne 2009 | Platter 3.5*

Platter 2011 : “Succulent … tannins well bonded with the red fruit , engages you further with spicy tobacco nuances.”

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Noble Hill Syrah 2010 A

Noble Hill Syrah 2010 | Platter 4*

Platter 2015 “10 picks up where 09 left off. Ripe blackberry fruit & cedary notes. Squeeze of tannin from 18 months in French oak, 30% new. Focused & powerful but softly textured.”

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Oddbins 961 Cab S Merlot Cab F Petit Verdot Mouvedre 2013 | Platter NL

Old Tunnel Red 2011

Old Tunnel Red 2011 | Platter NL

Apparently not listed.

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Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2011 A

Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2011 | Platter 3.5*

Platter 2013 : “Leafy herbaceous note … gives way to ripe blackcurrant fruit. Generously ripe & full. Over delivers at price.”

Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2012 A

Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2012 | Platter 3.5*

Platter 2014 “12 has complex layer of vibrant fruit & spice with smoky overtones, all supported by peppery savoury membrane. Punches way above its weight.”

Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2013 A

Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2013 | Platter 4*

Platter 2015 “Peppery, black fruit abounds in layered, complex 13 that raises bar on 12 (3.5*)”

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Reyneke | Shiraz Cab S 2015 | Platter NYL

Ridgeback Cabernet Franc 2013 A

Ridgeback Cab F 2013 | Platter 4*

Platter 2016 “Cab fran’s signature walnut piquancy & dark perfumed fruit supported by ripe, balanced tannin & oak structure”

Ridgeback Shiraz 2013 A

Ridgeback Shiraz 2013 | Platter 4*

Platter 2016 “Rich, dark & spicy but balanced, with well-crafted oak. 13 fresh & succulent, a serious undertone that will grace the table & improve the table.”

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Roodeberg | Red 2013 | Platter NL

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Sevenoaks | Padre Red Nose Merlot 2012 | Platter NL

Solms Langarm 2012 A

Solms-Astor Langarm 2012 | Platter 3.5*

Platter 2014 ” Characterful & complex interplay of pinotage, touriga, shiraz, mouvèdre. Improved 12 is just off-dry, packs in the flavour; kee case or 2 handy to impress your guests.”

Found on special recently for less than R30 a bottle. Exceptional value at the price.
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Solms Delta Shiraz 2013 A

Solms Delta Shiraz 2013 | Platter NL

Apparently not listed in Platter.

Platter 2016 : 2014 3*

At R50 a bottle

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Spice Route Chakalaka 2013 A

Spice Route Chakalaka 2013 | Platter 4.5*

Platter 2016 ” … more satisfying even than 12, with white pepper, wild scrub & red berries, intriguing slate-like minerality. Full-bodied, with tannin frame.”

Spice Route Terra de Bron Syrah 2012 A

Spice Route Terra de Bron Swartland Syrah 2012 | Platter 4.5*

Platter 2016 “Lucious 12, elevated in older French barrels, is built to age for a decade or more … Spiced with black pepper, it has a grippy tannin structure, great fruit depth, incipient complexity & refinement.”

Springfield Work of Time 2009 A

Springfield Work of Time 2009 | Platter 4.5*

Platter 2016 “Aptly named cab franc, merlot, cab & petit verdot (39/34/17/10) from old vinyards … balanced & complex, an elegant step up on muscular and brooding 08.”

Stark Conde Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 A

Stark Condé Cab S 2013 | Platter 4*

Platter 2016 ” … 13 not quite as intense as [as 12, 4.5*]. Bright fruit framed by sappy dry tannins; well crafted with good length & prospects.”

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The Gander Shiraz 2011

The Gander Shiraz 2011 | Platter 3*

Platter 2014 “Creamy dark plums & whiff of dried herbs. 11 has an appealing accessibility, the tannins supple, food friendly.”

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Uitvlucht Shiraz 2008

Uitvlucht Shiraz 2008 | Platter 4*

Platter 2011 “Deep, dark and voluptuous 08 stepped up pvs ed; spicy black fruit compote, well-managed tannins, more serious & complete than 07.”

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Van Loveren Pinot Noir 2012

Van Loveren Blue Velvet Pinot Noir 2012 | Platter 2.5*

Platter 2014 “Lightly oaked 12’s tannins youthfully gawky but lovely pure pinot fruit, very sippaple & reasonably priced.”

Van Loveren Blackberry Cab S Shiraz 2014 A

Van Loveren | Blackberry Cab S Shiraz 2014 | Platter 2*

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Vergenoegd | Runner Duck 2009 | Platter 3*

Platter 2012 “Powerful, just-dry … blend touriga, malbec, cab f … Robust, spicy, meaty with floral tones & rounded tannin.”

Villiera Touriga Nacional Shiraz 2012

Villiera Touriga Nacional Shiraz 2012 | Platter 3*

Platter 2014 “Temptingly perfumed & flavoured 12 touriga, shiraz blend is vibrant  & tasty with gorgeous grip. Over-delivers on price.”

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Vriesenhof Pinotage 1999 | Platter 4*

Platter 2002 : “Burgundy beckons from … glass in red berries, forest floor before turning full-frontally local with ripe mulberries in almost agressive envelope of juicy acidity and fruit tannins.”

Vruchbaar Cab S 2005 A

Vruchtbaar Cab S 2005 | Platter 4*

Platter 2009 “Warm-vtge 05 shows powerful cassis, interleaved with dried herbs & smoky oak spice. Already accessible but will reward few yrs cellaring. Unfiltered.”

An accurate review. In August 2015 this was very drinkable, despite not being cellared in at the best of temperatures.

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Welmoed merlot 2011 obverse

Welmoed Merlot 2011 | Platter 2* 

Platter 2013 : “Cool and leafy … light with tart red berry tone.”

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Windmeul The Legend 2013 A

Windmeul The Legend 2013 | Platter 4.5*

Platter 2016 “Classy Bordeau-style blend of mainly cab with petit verdot and merlot, 13 flagship label has weighty, brooding presence. Black fruit laced with licorice & iodine, wrapped in satin tannins.”