About

The Cru is dedicated to my obsession with South African wine.

I enjoy the all encompassing experience of wine – both it’s intrinsic and extrinsic values – where you were, the people you were with, the conversions, the music, the atmosphere, the occasion and of course the wine itself.

There is so much more to wine than a definitive 100 point score. Some of my most memorable wines have been seriously cheap bottles of wine shared with friends in random places and others have been vintage wines dating back to 1975 in formal settings – so to try and score the wines to give an indication of the enjoyment and sense of place in my memory would be frivolous.

I am also passionate about photography – so at times you will see me attempt to bring you the South African winescape as I see it through a lens.

I hope you enjoy having a sniff around The Cru and participate in the informal discussions we have from time to time. More importantly – I hope you try (and drink) more South African wine and tell your friends just how good it really is!

Cru Master

Wine Reviews

Red Wine

From earthy, indigenous Pinotage to sumptuous, spicy Syrah; juicy Cabernet to elegant Bordeaux blends – South Africa has a lot to offer in the red wine category!

White Wine

World class Chenin Blanc, terroir expressive Sauvignon Blanc and exquisite white blends – South African white wine is seriously good stuff.

The Wine Oracle

My cousin ‘The Wine Oracle’ shares a similar passion for wine. He resides in Cardiff, Wales and is constantly on the lookout for wines from around the world. So join him as he searches far and wide for great wines from Chile, Argentina, USA, France, Spain, Italy, Australia and many more. I guarantee that you will enjoy his impeccable ‘international’ wine reviews – you may even find yourself having a chuckle or too!

Sparkling Wine

Bubbles captivate many a heart and so too do our very own Methode Cap Classiques and sparkling wines. There are a handful of producers who consistently make ‘bubbled’ wine worth celebrating!

Sweet Wine

Why not have a Vin de Constance or Straw Wine for dessert; and perhaps a port or sherry as a night cap – South Africa definitely has a knack for things sweet on the tongue!

Boutique Wine

Whether it’s wine made in a garage, the heart of a city or wine made with meticulous love and care on small estates – there are some enchanting boutique wines here.

Vintage Wine

Sometimes ‘patience is a virtue’ and the melody of flavours in an old wine can create music in your heart that is instantly timeless and memorable.

Rose’

Whether it’s to enjoy on a lovely summer’s day, at sundowners or with a plate of sushi in the evening – sometimes Rose’ is the perfect partner.