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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Postcards from Stellenbosch; South Africa

As an Australian in South Africa, one needs to be aware of what is going in the world of rugby, more so in a World Cup year, it seems. And with a big game looming large between the two nations, I’ll need to have my wits about me in the event that things go awry for Australia. [...]

Allan Mullins Choice!

Allan Mullins is one of South Africa’s few Cape Wine Masters and has been Woolworths’ wine selector for more than 16 years.  

Michael Fridjhon on Haskell Vineyards

South Africa’s leading wine authority, Michael Fridjhon, has added further weight to the Haskell story by naming the Haskell Pillars Syrah as one of two outstanding Shiraz/Syrah wines in South Africa, ” The past few years have seen the emergence of several fine shiraz producers, suggesting that both place and competence are coming together in a few [...]

Haskell IV 2007 Launch

The 4th of October was an extravagant day at Preston Haskell’s villa in Fresnay. Situated close to Bantry Bay; the villa has superb views over the Table Bay area with infamous Robben Island in the distance. Fortunately the Mother City’s weather was playing favorably, gracing us with a day that wasn’t cold, hot or too windy. It was a fantastic spring day! The house was abuzz with the [...]

Haskell Vineyards Open Day 2010

The best laid plans…it is an old refrain, but driving out to the winery on Saturday morning was a bit heart in mouth. Overcast skies, rain in parts, windy, cool. Exactly the opposite of every other day in the week so far, and of most of this balmy winter in the Western Cape. The main [...]

Wine fraud at the Big End of Town

It was recently suggested that more bottles of Cheval Blanc 1947 have been consumed than were ever made. The legendary right bank red is at or near the top of most most lovers wish lists, and for many well heeled drinkers is that ‘bucket list’ essential that they must have. The inference of course is that it [...]

Platinum Calendar 2010

With Long Table Restaurant now open, we finally have the facility to cater for our members in an appropriate manner. And that’s what we will be doing, starting with a quarterly Platinum members lunch, and leading up to the July launch of the Haskell IV Bordeaux-Style blend. Keep an eye on the Platinum Calendar for updates.  

James Halliday rates Haskell

Industry titan, James Halliday rates Haskell and has awarded his highest ever rating for a South African wine to the Haskell Pillars Syrah 2007. This on top of numerous other awards, including 5 stars in the John Platter Guide, Gold at the Trophy Wine Show and Best Shiraz, Best Red Wine and Best Wine of Show [...]