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White

2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc

Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

3/31/2015 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 88 points

Plenty of development here. Creamy palate, bruised apple and nuts, oxidative. Smooth and balanced with a little spicy vanilla on the finish. Time to drink up.

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Red

2007 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese more

2/23/2015 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 91 points

Needed a long decant (3+ hours) but showed its class eventually. Tannic at first but subsided into a very harmonious and mellow wine with just enough fruit to balance the tobacco finish. Hold on for a few more years yet.

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Red

2006 Les Pagodes de Cos

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/10/2015 - Darren747 wrote: 81 points

Very disappointing. Muted fruit, one dimensional and boring. I expected much more from this. Bad bottle, dumb phase? Who knows but the rest of this bottle is going into a stew.

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White

2008 Château de Beauregard Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Cras

Chardonnay more

1/9/2015 - Darren747 wrote: 86 points

on the downward slope, time to drink up.

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Red

2008 Rustenberg John X Merriman

Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend more

1/8/2015 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 88 points

Always good value solid Stellenbosch Bordeaux blend. Blackcurrant dominant with a little graphite and chalky tannin. Holds its 14.5% alcohol very well.

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White

2007 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

Mosel Saar Ruwer more

12/4/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 92 points

Still very young but starting to hit its stride. Absolutely pure, mineral, pear and the merest whiff of petrol. Creamy texture with waves of flavour and a deliciously nuanced finish. Acidity and sweetness are in superb balance.

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Red

1997 La Rioja Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 904

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

11/11/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 93 points

Maturing very nicely indeed. Fully resolved tannin, ripe strawberry, explosive nose and delicious palate carried on a wave of savoury oak and floral notes. Long finish. Delicious wine that is ready for drinking.

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Red

2011 Mullineux Family Wines Syrah Granite

Swartland more

10/13/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 92 points

Waaay too young. This has all the components for long ageing and should be approachable in 10 years or so. Hide away until then!

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Red

1969 Château Cos d'Estournel

St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/13/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 89 points

Considering it's age and vintage I was prepared to throw this down the sink but I was very pleasantly surprised to drink a well matured Claret that is still giving a great deal of pleasure.

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Red

1982 Château Lascombes

Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend more

10/13/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 91 points

Excellent Claret that is still holding up remarkably well.

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Red

2003 Domaine Font de Michelle Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Red Rhone Blend more

9/23/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 90 points

A little disjointed at first but came together after an hour or so. Liquorice and herbs dominating with the fruit fading to give tobacco leaf on the finish. No real hurry to finish these up.

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Red

2008 Rustenberg John X Merriman

Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend more

8/5/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 89 points

Drinking pretty well right now. Cabernet dominant with leafy blackcurrant flavours and a hint of mint. Pleasant structure for straightforward enjoyable drinking but still has a few years in it yet.

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White - Sweet/Dessert

2013 Neethlingshof The Maria

Stellenbosch Riesling more

3/26/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 94 points

ProWein 2014: Outstanding with a beautiful tropical fruit and nut nose. Clear acidity keeps this wine refreshing despite its 200+g/l RS. Complex, long and deep. Wonderful wine.

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Red

2010 Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

Stellenbosch more

3/26/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 91 points

ProWein 2014: Unmistakable SA Cabernet Sauvignon fruit nose and palate. Firm tannins, ripe fruit and oak still a tad intrusive. Needs more time but should settle down well.

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Red

2012 Keermont Syrah

Stellenbosch more

3/26/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 93 points

ProWein 2014: Deep fruit and spice nose. Elegant, restrained palate that still exhibits a subtle power. Herbal garrigue around a throbbing power base of bright Syrah fruit. This is serious stuff.

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Red

2012 Beeslaar Pinotage

Stellenbosch more

3/26/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 94 points

ProWein 2014: Tasted at ProWein with Tim Atkin where he announced it as one of the top 2 Pinotages in the world. This bottle tasted even better than my previous one, bright fruit, lovely structure, elegant and pure Pinotage. This is the future for this grape variety.

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Red

2012 Newton Johnson Pinot Noir Windansea

Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley more

3/26/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 94 points

ProWein 2014: Now this is a beautiful wine. Hauntingly elegant with pure clean fruit. Velvet tannins help this wine glide along with a wonderful texture. Newton Johnson Family PN has always been very good but this single vineyard effort consolidates them as South Africa's best PN producer.

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White

2012 Rall White

Coastal Region White Blend more

3/26/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 94 points

ProWein 2014: Rich, ripe, seductive nose. Deep, rich and complex palate that shows bags of potential for ageing.

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White

2012 Cape Chamonix Wine Farm Chardonnay Reserve

Franschhoek Valley more

3/26/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 90 points

ProWein 2014: Gentle oak integration with toasted apricot and hazelnut notes. Good wine but missing some intensity and finishes a tad shorter than I would like.

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White

2013 Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Single Vineyard W Block

Bottelary more

3/26/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 94 points

ProWein 2014: Fabulous nose with apple and fresh coconut notes. the palate is as full bodied as it is delicious with superb minerality, great intensity and depth. The finish is very long indeed. Superb stuff.

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White

2013 Fryer's Cove Sauvignon Blanc

Bamboes Bay more

3/26/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 88 points

ProWein 2014: Green, nettle and capsicum nose. Generous palate with plenty of body and high acidity. Focussed minerality and some saline notes reflecting the vineyard's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean

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White - Sparkling

2009 Graham Beck Cuvée Clive

Coastal Region Champagne Blend more

3/26/2014 - Darren747 wrote: 87 points

ProWein 2014: Fairly aggressive mousse. Creamy peach and apple with toasty brioche and plenty of autolytic character. Sees some oak maturation.

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White

2012 Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh

Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

3/26/2014 - Darren747 wrote: 91 points

ProWein 2014: Complex, interesting blend. Saline, herbal and showing the greener character of Sauv Blanc. Loads of minerality with a sharp acidity. Great intensity. This is a serious wine that will respond to a bit of time in bottle and should partner shellfish with aplomb.

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White

2011 Strandveld Vineyards Adamastor

Elim Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend more

3/26/2014 - Darren747 Does not like this wine: 82 points

ProWein 2014: Dusty nose and palate. Lacking fruit or any interest. - Faulty?

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White

2012 Fairview (Charles Back) Nurok

Coastal Region White Blend more

3/26/2014 - Darren747 Likes this wine: 88 points

ProWein 2014: Complex apple and stone fruit flavour. There's some tannin on the palate and toasty oak becomes more apparent on the finish. Needs some time and food will help to show this wine in a more attractive light.

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