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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 [...]

Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

‘Haskell was a new name to me and The Wine Advocate, but these samples were impressive. I look forward to tasting more in the future.’ Wine Advocate Dec 2012   The most powerful wine publication on the planet published some impressive reviews on Haskell, as follows, Haskell Anvil Chardonnay 2010 Quantities are very limited. Cropped at [...]

Remembering Len Evans

 Many moons ago, I ( Grant Dodd, partner and CEO of Haskell Vineyards) ran into a great Australian wine man called Len Evans on a golf course. It was a day that was to irrevocably change my life, immersing me into the world of wine, complete with all its possibilities and pitfalls. Len died in 2006, before [...]

Pump Overs

At Haskell Vineyards we are busy harvesting. We have finished harvesting the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon- all that is left to harvest is the Shiraz. Yesterday we had a look in the cellar to see what the guys are up to.  At the time Wikus and Sylvester were busy doing Pump overs – here’s [...]

Biodynamic Report 1 – Feb 2013

Readers of this blog will be aware that we are currently undertaking a trial on the Haskell Pillars vineyard to see if there are any discernable differences between the two viticultural approaches. The trial is in its infancy, but we will be providing regular reports about it’s implementation, with comments on any observable differences in quality. The [...]

Biodynamic composting at Haskell

At Haskell Vineyards we believe that taking care of the soil is just as important as the quality wines we to produce. That is why good vineyard management has always been crucial to us. One such method was the introduction of the organic composting project that has allowed us to process our organic material from the farm in a responsible manner, as well [...]

Biodynamic Trial with Pillars Vineyard

In a move designed to explore the full potential of the award winning Pillars Vineyard, Stellenbosch based estate, Haskell Vineyards, has instigated an experimental trial pitting organic and bio-dynamic viticulture against each other.   Following the theme of minimal intervention wine farming that has been a signature of the estate since its inception in 2005, [...]

From the cellar #9

Some wine experiences come from left field. Sitting in a Singapore restaurant last Monday night, we ( myself and a group of local wine lovers ) were approached by another diner in the restaurant who enquired if we would like to finish the half bottle he had left over. It had been a big night, [...]

Ben Edwards, James Halliday Wine Companion, reviews Haskell IV 2007

  It seems to be a rarity to see the new guard of South African wines on our shores, but it is happening with increasing frequency; this wine stays away from old fashioned faults and delivers a wine that is true to its Bordeaux varieties, but also its origins; black olive, cedar, and a fragrant [...]

Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, reviews Haskell IV 2007

Huon Hooke is a highly respected judge and wine writer who has been the reviewer for the Sydney Morning Herald for the best part of two decades. He recently published this stunning review of the Haskell IV 2007. ‘An outstanding South African wine of elegance, power, and intensity, made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. [...]

From the cellar #8

Excuse the shoddy photography, but I’m at my desk, at night, and feeling inspired by this brilliant wine. So the iphone has been employed; sending a boy to do a mans job in this instance, but even a blurry pic tells part of the story. Firstly, for those not familiar with Schloss Lieser, a quick [...]