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Snooth User: Niel M

New member from South Africa

Posted by Niel M, Feb 23, 2010.

Hi everyone!
What a fantastic website! Looking forward to getting to know you all and having a great time chatting about wine!
It's such a pity that it's very difficult for us down here in South Africa to get American wines... I'm trying my best though, recently got my sweaty palms on some Ridge Santa Cruz Cabernet and some Haskell Shiraz. Lovely stuff, and not the overextracted alcoholic beasts I was expecting.
Drop me a message!


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 23, 2010.

Hi Niel and welcome to Snooth.

I would love to be able to get my sweaty palms on some of your SA wines. Looking forward to hearing your take on them, as well as on the American imports!

Reply by Cathy Shore, Feb 23, 2010.

Hi Niel

And frankly, I'm just grateful to be able to taste anything other than French wine!!

Living in the Loire valley and a huge fan of Chenin Blanc. Now I know you can share some South African expertise on this front so look forward to exchanging views and info on wines.


Reply by amour, Feb 23, 2010.

Big, Big, Welcome Niel M !!
As you may have read, we love South Africa and its wines on SNOOTH!

I have praised GOLDEN KAAN PERSONALLY, many many times!!
Give me a prize, please! (SMILE!)

Reply by Philip James, Feb 23, 2010.

Niel - welcome to the site!


Reply by amour, Feb 26, 2010.

Just curious....anyone tasted any of the wines from WALKER BAY (SOUTH AFRICA) ?

The 2008 BOUCHARD FINLAYSON Pinot Noir Galpin Peak

is good but perhaps over-priced at about 70 pounds sterling in London, England.

Reply by dmcker, Feb 26, 2010.

Would be interesting, Niel, to hear more about wines from S.A. you encounter and like. Amour's question is a good one--I recently had a Newton Johnson syrah mourvèdre blend from near Hermanus that I was hoping for more from. Any particularly good wines from that district?

And welcome to Snooth!

Reply by amour, Apr 1, 2010.

South Africa does have many cool micro-climates and emerging appellations...Elgin, Durbanville and Robertson are producing concentrated wines to meet the most inveterate French wine fans!

All would agree that after the Loire and New Zealand comes...on their heels, so to speak!.........The lovely CAPE!

Reply by elleystar, Apr 1, 2010.

Welcome, Niel! How fortunate you are to have all of SA's wines at your fingertips. It would take me years to tire of fact I'd love to just try!

Reply by cigarman168, Apr 1, 2010.

Welcome on board. Let us know more good value SA wines.

Reply by John Andrews, Apr 2, 2010.

Welcome Niel!  I have to admit one of my favourite wines is the Warwick Trilogy (Estate Reserve here in the US) from Stellenbosh.  Since I am a short drive from Ridge, I'll get some Santa Cruz Cabernet to trade you for some Trilogy, deal? 

Reply by amour, Apr 2, 2010.

It is unfortunate to hear that apparently, South Africa's wines are not doing that well in  the US.

I heard that the importers were not able to get them off....what a pity!

More publicity is needed perhaps......the prices should be good, given the rate of exchange. ( I have always seen fair prices for SA wines here in Florida.)

Reply by zufrieden, Apr 2, 2010.

This is a timely forum.  We could use a lively discussion of South African wine - particularly with respect to the history, demarcated regions, varietals used and little-known properties of merit. Although we have access to some quality wines from that long-lost Anglo-Dutch outpost and emerging democracy, more information would be most welcome.

Something on one of the more famous regions - Stellenbosch, Klein Karoo, Paarl, to take a few examples.  Pictures of these picturesque regions would be another plus.


Reply by amour, Feb 12, 2013.

Snoothers, please allow me to BRING BACJK TO LIFE this lovely South Africa thread!

I noticed that James Molesworth is 2013 wine travelling in South Africa, this month actually.

I look forward to his reports.  In case you did not realize it, there are some good South Africa wines here in the U.S.  How about in other countries?  I found excellent South Africa wines in England also.

 Anyone anywhere at all, drinking South Africa at the moment?

Molesworth thinks that David Trafford/South Africa makes great wines.

I enjoy the Ken Forrester/ South Africa wines.

And may I repeat, Bouchard Finlayson wines and Ernie Els Red Blend are great!

(By the way, here in Miami, I am unable to find the Golden Kaan S.A. wine which I used to buy regularly....I guess I can get it on-line though....About to check Snooth.)

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