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...

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  • Beyerskloof

    In 1988 one of the Cape's most foremost wine makers, Beyers Truter of Kanonkop Estate formed a pa...

  • 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...

  • Warwick Wine Estate

    Warwick wine estate was known as the farm ‘Good Success’ from 1791 until 1902. After the Anglo...

  • Rust en Vrede Wine Estate

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

  • Mulderbosch Vineyards

    MULDERBOSCH VINEYARDS Mulderbosch (situated in the prime Koelenhof area of Stellenbosch) is wi...

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Stellenbosch on Snooth

  • Stellenzicht Syrah Stellenbosch 1995

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    When someone tells you this wine actually beat the French in a Worldwide competition and came out tops, you WANT to taste it - and it was worth it!The nose has hints of butterscotch and vanilla, wood is very well integrated and the plumminess that follows the initial sweetness, is brilliant.The palate does not dissappoint at all - it is even bet... Read More

    Wine review by Petro


  • Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2006

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    Not as great as I would have hoped. Some nice lemon flavors. Some decent minerality. Was very clear that this was fermented or aged in oak. All in all, it did not change my life. Read More

    Wine review by JCfromtheWC


  • Kanonkop Estate Pinotage Simonsberg-Stellenbosch 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by Cru Master


  • Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by GDal Piaz


  • Tresso Cellars Shiraz Blend Stellenbosch Ancient Fynbos 2004

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    Possibly a bad bottle, but there was high amount of bottle stink (smelled skunky). In the mouth, yes, I tasted it, there was definitely still the skunk plus a bit a fruit, but not a lot. Mostly earth, some herbs, and yet more skunk. Read More

    Wine review by Stephen


  • Jardin Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch 2004

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    Decanted" for 6.5 hours. Nose is overwhelmingly coffee beans. with green pepper, blackberries and black peppercorns mixed in. I also get some cedar plank; but coffee is the primary aroma. Mouth-feel was very smooth. Cherry cough syrup, coffee, a little tobacco, a little strawberry. Strong, warming (alcoholic) finish that the mid-palate (though q... Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • Radford Dale Shiraz Stellenbosch 2002

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    Dark reddish purple with thick legs clinging to the sides. Sour raspbery right off when I stick my nose in the glass followed by a little earth, mineral, leather and some light herbal notes. Strong acidity with medium tannins and a sharpness on the front palate. Rich in the mouth the wine show chocolate, charcoal, and redfruit, though overall it... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


  • Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch 2003

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    Light crisp, slight mid palate sweetness, though at 14% could just be the alcohol. Enjoyable but had to have more than a glass on a hot day. More of a winter white. [NR] Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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