My wife and I used to go to the Stellenbosch wine and cheese festival religiously. One year we ended up with a bottle of Deetlefs Pinotage in the selection we found at home when we woke up the morning afterwards. We loved it then, still love it now and drop by the wine farm whenever […]
Still love this Merlot, but not as much as I remember loving it. Unfortunately my wine tasting isn’t sophisticated enough to include advanced concepts like “remembering what things tasted like” so I’m not sure if this vintage isn’t as good as previous vintages, if my taste buds have changed or if the the wind was […]
Got this for a bargain R50 a bottle. Not sure what normal retail is, but for R50 it’s a solid gooseberry, green pepper, and all the other stuff you say when you drink Sauv Blanc, Sauv Blanc.
Rare mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz. Claims to be a "food wine", and it's not a bold claim. Tasted nice enough when I sneaked some pre-dinner. Tasted even better with food.
Predominantly Semillon with a dash of Sauv Blanc and Chardonnay. I’m going to put my non-existent reputation on the line and say that I taste apricots. Not sure how that helps anyone, unless you love wine that tastes of apricot, but it’s so rare that I can discern a flavour unprompted (thanks for the complete […]
There are fancier wineries than Deetlefs, and for every varietal they do, I’m sure someone does a better one, but there’s something I love about the place, and the Merlot and the Pinotage in particular. Soft and fruity with a bit more guts than your average Pinotage. Highly recommended, a personal favourite.
Smooth, lush and not too heavy. Probably lends itself better to easy drinking than some Cabs, but went nicely with braai’ed springbok leg.
Smooth and silky but lacking the killer flavour of previous vintages, but that’s like saying the 2003 Miss World isn’t as good as the 2004.
I know I sound like a ponce, but this isn’t as good as the 2009 (I think it was the 2009). Its still one of my favourite Merlots though. Ballsy, rich and classy, like Jordan, but with class. Smells like a library (a rich man’s library, not a piss-stained tramp-filled public library) and tastes like […]