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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  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinotage

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

Popular Wineries in Stellenbosch View all

  • Waterkloof

    Waterkloof is situated on Schapenberg Hill in the Helderberg sub-region, and nestles almost in t...

  • Rust en Vrede Wine Estate

    For 315 years Rust en Vrede has stood peacefully among the vineyards of Stellenbosch. Through ce...

  • Delaire

    Delaire's unique location on the crest of the panoramic Helshoogte Mountain Pass is noted for its...

  • Ken Forrester

    Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous ...

  • Meerlust

    Long recognized for producing world-class wines, Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myb...

  • Robertson Winery

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

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Stellenbosch on Snooth

  • Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2016

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    Pear, green apple and melon aromas are nicely and expressively fruity. This has an initial earthy oak note and releases more fruit flavors of pear, golden berries and lime towards the finish where this turns slightly creamy and cool with a flash of apricot. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Demorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015

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    Fresh apricot, apple and soft melon aromas. Buttery and creamy textured on entry, this has a pleasant lemon palate and medium-full body, finishing a bit herbal. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Keermont Vineyards Riverside Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2014

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    Decadent cream and persimmon aromas with a touch of sea breeze on the nose. Though there is a nice fruit base of apple and melon, this is well oaked, with vanilla cream and oak spice rising through the midpalate towards the finish where it lingers imparting waves of wood spice and toast. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Delaire Graff Banghoek Reserve Chardonnay Stellenbosch 2014

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    Peach, vanilla, lemon and mineral nose. This has a perfumed floral character in the mouth but the fruit is somewhat muted, resulting in a more austere, mineral driven palate that still comes with a fair bit of smoky vanilla oak toast. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rose 2015

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    Mariano's 3/2017. July 4th weekend, all gone (damn) and it was delicious. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Stellenrust Timeless 2010

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    Dark cherry and hints of dark chocolate. Rather smoky though so might not be for all palates... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Waterkloof Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2014

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    Pleasant minerality with light notes of lemon and peach on the nose. A bit more green apple and pear coming through on the palate and some toasted almond towards the finish. There's a warm sweet spice coming through the fullness of the palate here and ending with some baked apple and honeysuckle. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2015

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    Binny's 5/2016. 6 vintages later and this is still an excellent value. Mary consumed most of this bottle over three evening dinners. I helped on the second night, and thought it was real tasty. What? You wanted me to tell you it had hints of a two day old apricot pit on the nose? I didn't think so. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Reserve Old Vine 2014

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    Fruit on the nose. Melon, white peaches and mineral comes through on the palate. The oak is noticeable but delicate on the finish accompanied by tart citrus notes. This is a beautiful wine that pairs well with savory dishes. Read More

    Wine review by FoodandWineChronicles


  • Ken Forrester Renegade Stellenbosch 2011

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    Pleasant tarry minerality with blackberry and bramble fruit notes and some dusty earth on the nose. A bit thin on entry but filling in through the mid palate with strong notes of blackberry and black currant, chewy tannins and a hint of coffee on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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