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Best Value SA Bordeaux Blend

Haskell Vineyards is proud to announce that the Dombeya Fenix 2010 has been judged in the Top 10 Bordeaux Blends in South Africa at the Riscura Red Hot/Wine Magazine Bordeaux Blend Challenge for 2015. It was also awarded the BEST VALUE wine of show.In a line up of wines more than double, triple, and up [...]

Steve Tanzer on Haskell Vineyards

Leading U.S. critic Steven Tanzer released an expansive set of reviews of South African wines recently. Tanzer’s scoring of wines is a departure from the modern inflationary norm, an approach that he has remained consistent to once again this year. We were delighted to read that five Haskell wines rated 90 points or more on [...]

Campbell Mattinson Review

Campbell Mattinson is  a two time Australian wine writer of the year, and one of the best purveyors of the written word in the game. The writer of “The Wine Hunter”, “Why the French hate Us”, and co-author of “Winefront”, an on-line wine review website, recently reviewed the Haskell IV 2007 on said website, Haskell IV 2007 It’s a [...]

Wine Spectator Reviews Dombeya

The world’s most read wine publication, Wine Spectator, has released its reviews of a selection of wines from the Dombeya range. The good news is that there is a little of the 2012 Chadonnay left. The bad news is that the 2009 Shiraz is sold out! Better late than never however, and we’re grateful to [...]

The Dombeya Scholarship 2014 – Ready to fly

It is a year of firsts, both for the 2014 recipient of the Dombeya Scholarship and the Scholarship itself. This year the worthy 2014 recipient, Salvester van Rooyen, will hop on a plane for the first time ever in his life to study and work to further advance his career in Australia. This year also [...]

From the ashes – Dombeya Fenix

It is fair to say that we hadn’t intended on releasing a new wine. Certainly, it must be said, not another Bordeaux-style blend, identical to the award winning Dombeya Altus that already sat comfortably in the Dombeya portfolio.And we certainly had no intention of releasing the same wine, under a different name, after establishing Altus [...]

The Surprise of the Season

Late one recent Thursday, after a long day of tasting, a game-changer entered our vinous lives. If you told us what was about to be poured, we may not have even bothered. South Africa? We might have asked, when was the last time we went bonkers for a wine from South Africa? Well, we now have [...]

The Cape Wine Auction

  From the 13th to the 15th of March 2014 a very worthy cause will make its appearance on the wine calendar. The South African wine industry’s annual charity wine auction, The Cape Wine Auction, is an opportunity to raise a significant charitable fund, with the charities benefiting from the monies raised being The Pebbles Project and the [...]

Tasting Notes from South Africa

HASKELL VINEYARDS These notes accompany our in-depth feature on South Africa 2013  Winemaker and viticulturist Wikus Pretorius (shown right during ‘punching down’ the cap of floating skins in a vat of Syrah), met me outside the winery nestled beneath the Helderberg mountain next door to Rust en Vrede estate. This is the home of both Haskell and [...]

Biodynamic Report August 2013

Somewhere, right now, there is a marketing guru desperately trying to find a way to get a patent on the term, biodynamic. He wouldn’t be the first, either. It’s a catchphrase to die for- evocative, powerful, and dripping with insinuation. If it didn’t exist it would have to be invented, and re-invented ad infinitum to [...]