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Winery of the Week: Rhebokskloof Wine Estate

Owners and winemakers have come and gone at this centuries-old Paarl estate since its wines first appeared in this guide in 1991. Current proprietors Siebrits and Albie Laker of civils group ASLA are determined for Rhebokskloof to be a Top 10 South African winery, and extensive replanting and repositioning of the wine, hospitality and tourism businesses has begun. To this end, celebrated Francois Naudé (L’Avenir, Chateau Naudé) joined as cellarmaster from harvest 2013.

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate Mountain Vineyards Reserve range Black Marble Hill Syrah 2011

Category: Shiraz/syrah  |  sub-category: Shiraz/syrah

Serious (20 months all-new oak), handcrafted flagship in striking etched black glass bottle. Smoky 2011 concentrated yet not weighty; savoury tang lifts controlled tannins. Wine tasted by Dave Swingler More »

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Rhebokskloof Wine Estate Pearlstone range Bosstok Chenin Blanc 2013

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Category: Chenin blanc unwooded dry  

'Chenin Blanc' previously. Vibrant melon fruit of 2013 lifts thatchy edge. Perdeberg bushvines. Wine tasted by Dave Swingler More »

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Rhebokskloof Wine Estate Pearlstone range Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 2011

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Category: Red blends, Cape Bordeaux  |  sub-category: Red blends, Cape Bordeaux

Cassis fruit of 2011 not quite up to liberal 16 months seasoned oak. Wine tasted by Dave Swingler More »

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Rhebokskloof Wine Estate Rhebokskloof range Chardonnay 2012

Category: Chardonnay wooded  |  sub-category: Chardonnay wooded

Food-styled 2012 without previous dash viognier. Already firm citrus tones get further stiffening from 20% new oak. Wine tasted by Dave Swingler More »

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Rhebokskloof Wine Estate Rhebokskloof range Chardonnay Méthode Cap Classique 2007

Category: Sparkling, Méthode cap classique, white, dry  |  sub-category: Sparkling, Méthode cap classique, white, dry

Inviting toffee apple & toasty brioche, fine mousse & creamy finish lift the bar in 2007. Wine tasted by Dave Swingler More »

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Rhebokskloof Wine Estate Rhebokskloof range Mourvèdre-Grenache-Shiraz 2010

Category: Red blends, other  |  sub-category: Red blends, other

Smidgen American oak adds sweetness to mulberry/cranberry fruit in 2010. Wine tasted by Dave Swingler More »

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Rhebokskloof Wine Estate Rhebokskloof range Pinotage 2011

Category: Pinotage  |  sub-category: Pinotage

2011 more affable & brightly fruity, less reliant on wood than several other reds in this stable. WO Paarl. Wine tasted by Dave Swingler More »

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Rhebokskloof Wine Estate Pearlstone range Pinotage 2011

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Category: Pinotage  |  sub-category: Pinotage

Near-tropical banana/clove 2011 finishes with bitter lift. Wine tasted by Dave Swingler More »

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Rhebokskloof Wine Estate Pearlstone range Rosé 2011

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Category: Rosé off-dry/semi-sweet  |  sub-category: Rosé off-dry/semi-sweet

Drops 'Merlot' from name, now shiraz-based; 2011 easy off-dry pink sipper. Wine tasted by Dave Swingler More »

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Rhebokskloof Wine Estate Mountain Vineyards Reserve range Sandstone Grove Chardonnay 2012

Category: Chardonnay wooded  |  sub-category: Chardonnay wooded

2012 reticent at first, then opens to reveal fine citrus fruit melded with buttery oak (year, 30% new), full but not blowsy. From home grapes, like Syrah. Wine tasted by Dave Swingler More »

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