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Myrna Robins, ‘Saturday Weekend Argus’
Solms-Astor Vastrap 2011: “a cheerful wine for alfresco affairs”.
Solms-Astor Langarm 2011: “a delightful partner for Cape indigenous fare, pizzas and braais”.

Chantel Radloff ‘Blog Dinner with the mad hatter’
Cape Jazz Shiraz: “….a fusion of fun and liveliness……it is the perfect accompaniment for any celebration.”

Cathy Marston ‘food24 Vinatics!’
Solms-Delta Amalie 2010: “…a full-bodied and fruity dry white wine…(with) extra complexity. I recommend this with a robust and hearty chicken dish to make the most of the soft yellow stonefruit.”

Will Lyons: The Wall Street Journal
Amalie 2010: “…it has an unctuous nose, with notes of white peach and a faint trace of orange peel, with a restrained, tangy, mineral character on the palate.”

Abigail Donnelly, ‘Eat Out.co.za’
“I had really good new taste experience at Fyndraai the other day. Chef Shaun slightly wilted some spekboom, which I had only ever eaten raw, and I really enjoyed his new take on it. It is a local plant, and has a vibrant green flat leaf that has a slightly lemony taste. Maybe it’s the new broad bean?”

Leigh Robertson, ‘House and Leisure’
Solms-Astor Langarm and Vastrap 2011: “…jolly wines…..competitively priced and fabulously quaffable…”

Tim James, ‘Corkscrewed, Mail & Guardian’
Solms-Astor Vastrap 2011: “…strikes me as wanting a fairly serious conversation more than a jol…….hints of honey and lanolin.. Nicely balanced and dry…it would be a good food partner.

Tim James, ‘Corkscrewed, Mail & Guardian’
Solms-Astor Langarm 2011: “…Langarm is not dumbed down, but offers fun and charm with a red-fruit sweetness as well as a firm structure. Very recommendable…..

Chris von Ulmenstein, ‘Whale Cottage Portfolio Blog’
Fyndraai: “…raising the bar….a restaurant to watch for the 2013 EAT OUT Top 10 restaurant awards.”

Neil Pendock, ‘Times Live blog’
“Wineries are about much more than bottles of wine with Solms-Delta in Franschhoek arguably the most important winery in SA this millennium.”

Kim Hoepfl, ‘Woman & Home’
Solms-AstorCapeJazz Shiraz: “This wine has got fun written all over it. A profound berry red (the colour alone will put you in a good mood)…….. Hand guests a chilled glass the moment they walk through the door.”

Jenny Ratcliffe-Wright, ‘Winestyle’
Solms-Delta Lekkerwijn 2010: “…..about as serious a rosé as you’ll get. The name is playful but the wine is savoury and begs for a meal.  Platter gives it four stars, which is rare for a rosé, and I totally agree, it’s worth it.”

 Andrew Farrant, ‘Winestyle’
Solms-Delta Lekkerwijn 2010: “…serious wine?! Traditional. Straight but classy”.

Andy Hadfield, ‘Winestyle’
Solms-Delta Lekkerwijn 2010: “Yes! I love it.”

Angela Lloyd ‘www.grape.co.za’
Solms-Delta Gemoedsrus 2010: “..the wine I enjoyed most in a line-up of recent releases…has a primary ripe, spicy character, is juicily drinkable without being oversweet, the fortification well-integrated but providing a warming, clean kick in the tail. (Rated 16.5/20)”

Chantel Radloff ‘Blog Dinner with the mad hatter’
“….a fusion of fun and liveliness……it is the perfect accompaniment for any celebration.”

Cathy Marston ‘food24 Vinatics!’
Solms-Delta Amalie 2010:”…a full-bodied and fruity dry white wine…(with) extra complexity. I recommend this with a robust and hearty chicken dish to make the most of the soft yellow stonefruit.”

Elin McCoy ‘Bloomberg News’
Africana 2010: Velvety…with the depth and power (of) Italian Amarone.
Vastrap 2010: Easy drinking…a bright, fruity blend.
Langarm 2007: …smoky, spicy, exuberant.
Cape Jazz Shiraz: festive, sweetly fruity, Italian Lambrusco-like.

Pieter de Klerk ‘Wine Extra’
Lekkerwijn 2010: “Sweet and spicy complexity on the nose with a hint of bread. After a while the Shiraz really stands out. Very lively mouthfeel…..05 and 07 vintages at four years of age (are) wonderful, interesting wines…”

Robyn Saul ‘Wine Extra’
Lekkerwijn 2010: “….I may have sworn this was a red wine. Has that complex, meaty nose of an interesting Shiraz, followed by, well, more red wine flavours!…..it’ll match a good salad and a steak.”

Ellen Crabtree ‘Wine Extra’
Lekkerwijn 2010: “The nose is of medium intensity and strongly herbal in character with redcurrant aromas. I am reminded of red wine. The flavour is intense, the acidity high, and I get herbs and serious red cherries. It’s an interesting wine….”

Stephen Satterfield, Founder & President, International Society of Africans in Wine (ISAW), www.africa.com
Amalie: “….Solms-Delta evokes a warmth and authenticity ….the quality of the people is rivaled only by the quality of their astonishing wines, including perhaps the best dry white wine in South Africa,  Amalie….”

Cathy Marston, ‘Vinatics Food24’
Langarm 2010: “It’s a great Cape Blend of mainly Pinotage, made in a juicy, early-drinking style and intended for easy enjoyment.”

Michael Fridjhon, Business Day
Amalie 2010 ‘seductively delicious’

Greg Landman, ‘City Press’
Amalie: “….totally delicious, nice and complex with spicy notes and a dry, creamy finish.”
Koloni: “….a fragrantly intense wine, surprisingly dry, but with some tangy honeyed nuances.”

Simon Mart, ‘Simon’s Wine Blog’ UK
Africana 2007: “The nose full of sweet dark fruit. Blackcurrant dominant. Elements of smoke, old oak and bramble/hedge rows. The palate has big, bold, drying tannins with spicy fresh black pepper. Hints of dark chocolate. This wine is fairly complex. Great with big hearty dishes.”

Norman McFarlane, ‘Bolander’
Hiervandaan: “…full of spice, engaging fruit and restrained tannins…”
Africana: “…speaks of perfume, rich red fruit, firm acidity and seamlessly crafted wood.”
Gemoedsrus 2009: “…whiffs of sweet berry fruit and Christmas cake with toasted almond notes. The palate brims with dark chocolate and rich black berry and plummy fruit, with a well rounded medium sweet finish.”

Cathy Marston, food24.co.za
Lekkerwijn 2009: “Fragrant and aromatic with pungent strawberry fruit, good acidity and a soft, juicy finish.”
Amalie 2009: “…this has long been my favourite Solms-Delta wine. Spiced yellow pears with cinnamon and cloves. The Grenache… desiccated for 2 weeks before harvesting… gives a subtle richness to the baked fruit flavours.”
Cape Jazz Shiraz: “A sweet and sparkling shiraz which I never thought I would like in a million years! Fun, frothy, strawberry fruit with good acidity and a soft finish. Probably go well with bacon and eggs…”
Langarm 2007: “A Cape blend of earthy ripe black fruits with hints of leather and spice.”

Michael Olivier, ‘Crush 2009’
Vastrap 2007: “…a cheerful wine to drink on the stoep, under a pergola at a braai while dancing to some lekker sokkie vastrap musiek.”

Ludwig Maske, ‘The Franschhoek Tatler’
Lekkerwijn 2009: “ ‘n Lekker wyn!”

Wine Enthusiast US
Solms Astor Langarm 2007: “Rated ’90U$20′ (Rated 90+, selling for under $20)…classic European flavours with South African spice. The nose offers blackberry, plum, cherry and pepper and on the palate, like flavours are delivered in a structured, clean package that ends with a nutty, spicy spin.”

Wine Enthusiast US
Solms-Delta Hiervandaan 2006: “..savoury, spiced meat and citrus aromas and rich, spicy flavours of blackberry, pepper and cedar….well suited to ripe, soft cheeses and everything from game to poultry. Versatile and ageable.”

Lonely Planet Cape Town City Guide
‘Top picks/top tipples’ Vastrap: “Named for a vernacular dance, an appropriately cheerful but not frivolous blend.”

Oz Clarke Pocket Wine Book 2009
Solms-Delta: “A particularly good wine producer”

Hugh Johnson’s Pocket wine Book 2009
Solms-Delta: “A rising star. Above average, well known, highly reputed, intriguing, intelligent wines.”

The Rough Guide to South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland
Solms-Delta: “Pleasingly bucolic…produces unusual and consistently outstanding wines.”
Museum van de Caab: “Highly recommended. Fascinating.”

Wine Report 2009 – Tom Stevenson
10 most exciting and unusual finds: Solms-Delta Koloni 2006, “a rich, round, ginger-seasoned delight.”

Sour Grapes, Neil Pendock
Solms-Delta: “South African wine was a seriously boring story before Mark Solms arrived.”

Hugh Johnson , ‘Pocket Wine Book 2009’
Solms-Delta: “well known, highly reputed, intriguing, intelligent wines”

Wade Bales, ‘Wine News – Diners Club Wine Society’
Hiervandaan 2006: “A unique and complex blend…. Aromas of dried orange peel and intense fruity flavours. Well integrated tannins add backbone and good maturation potential. Serve with full-flavoured dishes such as roast venison studded with smoked bacon or a hearty oxtail casserole”

House & Leisure
Solms-Delta: “Winery of the Month. More than just a wine farm...”

Richard van Ryneveld, ‘SA Country Life’
There is something warm and inviting about the Solms-Delta wine estate in the Groot Drakenstein Valley and you feel it from the moment you pass through the gates….

Juli Huisamen, ‘wine country.co.za’
“Wamkelikele – I love that word, it sounds what it means – welcome in a warm African way – the Solms-Delta way.
What a wonderful experience on a fantastic farm…I will go back any time …wonderful food accompanied by exquisitely made wine.”

Hugh Johnson , ‘Pocket Wine Book 2010’
Solms-Delta: “…well known, highly reputed, intriguing, intelligent wines…one of the top white blends…….one of the ten wineries to visit.”

Lonely Planet Cape Town City Guide – Top picks/top tipples’
Vastrap: “An appropriately cheerful but not frivolous blend.”

Karen Green, ‘Wine tourism News’
Langarm 2007: “A rustic blend with a combination of juicy black fruit and spicy, savoury flavours. This is a well priced wine that is certainly worth seeking out.”

Food & Home Entertaining
Lekkerwijn: “rich, berry-driven… more food friendly than most”

Kayang Gagiano, ‘Sawubona’
Solms-Delta: “an unorthodox but genuine recipe for success”
Africana 2005: “the jewel in their crown”
Amalie 2006: “a complex, aromatic blend … a wine I fell in love with … delectably intense fruity flavours … delicious”

Ingrid Motteux, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide 2008’
Hiervandaan 2006: “showing usual spice & mineral zestiness, with greater concentration than 05; while retaining relaxed, medium bodied, light texture”.  RATING * * * *
Lekkerwijn 2007: “Coppery pink … Dry, serious style with broadly textured mouthfeel & savoury, spicy aniseed length. Tastily different.”
Amalie 2007: “Statement … with intense potpourri aromas. More serious, austere than sexy, hedonistic 06 but immense concentration and structure, bone-dry, pithy peach flavours and tangy finish” RATING * * * * ½ [Included among the Guide’s ‘Wines of the Year’ as “highly recommended”. Also rated “good value”.]
Africana 2006: “Characterful, low-yielding vine-dried shiraz … 06’s vivid red-fruit aromas brushed with fresh curry leaves; superbly integrated oak embraces compact fruit, needing time to reveal charms; thread acidity carries Amarone-like finish.”  RATING * * * *
Koloni 2007: “Richly complex, honeyed, spicy peach aromas; more concentration than 06, with striking minerality & bone-dry, tangy finish; 15% alc in perfect balance.”  RATING * * * * ½. [Included among the Guide’s ‘Wines of the Year’ as “highly recommended”.]
Langarm 2007: “Lavender-perfumed … an intriguing pinotage-led blend … Oak & grape tannins add structure to youthful, fruity exuberance. Delightfully rustic. [Rated “good value”.]
Vastrap 2007: “Green apple aromas, broad, interesting flavours & earthy minerality.”
Cape Jazz Shiraz NV [released 2008]: “Charmingly soft, dry”.

Tim James, ‘1001 Wines You Must Try Before You Die’ (2008)
“One of the most interesting and promising Cape wineries.”

Cathy van Zyl, ‘grape’
Langarm: “its nose and palate are interesting – there’s spice, savouriness, salty liquorice, black fruit and white pepper plus a dollop of refreshing acidity and decently dry finish.”

Jean-Pierre Rossouw, ‘Cape Times’
Langarm, Vastrap: “great table wines, easy drinking but not simple and lovely for being dry without residual sweetness.”

Allan Mullins, ‘Taste’
Solms-Astor range: “The three ‘musical wines’ are like a breath of fresh air in our often-staid South African wine industry…. their joyous spirit and reasonable prices are guaranteed to get you dancing.”
Cape Jazz Shiraz: “At last, a wine that embodies the uninhibited exuberance of la dolce vita … luscious party in a glass. A sparkling Shiraz that’s packed with cranberries, raspberries, cherries and the liveliest sparkle you’ll see this year. At a mere 9% alcohol you’ll have no excuse not to celebrate every day”
Langarm: “It is packed with ripe blackberry and plummy fruit and is soft, round and juicy with sweet, succulent tannins … the perfect accompaniment to the best of South African braais.”
Vastrap: “Versatile and festive … it is as uplifting as rain on dusty, hot earth and the nose of freshly squeezed lemon bounces along to a lime-apricot finish. An informal wine for Cape foods or informal celebrations.”

South African Garden and Home
Vastrap: “Made in a reductive style to capture the upfront crisp fruit profile, it is a deliciously fresh option, ideal for light lunches. Bursting with herbaceous flavours on both the nose and palate.”

Nelson Redux, ‘Live Out Loud’
Vastrap: “…a tantalising combination of crisp, rich and fragrant.”

Michael Fridjhon, ‘Business Day’
Solms-Delta: “From vinous obscurity to front-of-mind awareness among wine cogniscenti in less than five years … not frightened of the unconventional … unusually adventurous … willing to embrace the flavours that come only with the more robust textures”
Amalie: “Remarkably southern French.”
Lekkerwijn: “Food-friendly (not a euphemism for “dull”) with ample spice and a lovely savoury vinosity – quite unlike the many bland apologies now flooding the market.”
Langarm: “Worth tracking down … an intriguing blend … This is not a wine for those frightened of a little rusticity, but it has the charm and weight to go with many a country casserole.”
Cape Jazz Shiraz: ”Perhaps the most interesting of all the Solms creations … give it a try: it’s beautifully made and will certainly reward those willing to let it age a few years in the bottle.”

Carmen Kirsten, ‘Woman & Home’
Vastrap 2007: “With the foot-tapping name of Vastrap, it goes without saying that this is an easy-drinking, fresh, social white Cape blend – perfect for having with friends at a light lunch. Fruity and pairs well with fish or pizza.”

Reader’s Recommendation, ‘Sunday Times Travel & Food’
Vastrap 2007: “The tropical fruit flavours are bracing and fresh and it goes down well with calamari stew. The screw cap is also a convenient feature.”

Kim Maxwell, ‘Wineland/Wynland’
Cape Jazz Shiraz: “…a surprisingly pleasant sweet carbonated sparkling wine….a hefty tannin structure and good acidity to counteract the sweetness.”

Cathy Marston, ‘The Nose Wine Bar’
Cape Jazz Shiraz:”…it’s a decent price, has nice berry fruit and I think might go rather well with chocolate brownies.”

Greg Landman, ‘SA Country Life’
Cape Jazz Shiraz: “Trust the winemakers at Solms to give Shiraz a cheeky pat on the bottom by producing this Lambrusco-style, sweet red charmer … A welcome break from tradition … and just the thing to chase away the blues. Great with oily foods, trifle, fruitcake and petit fours.”

Ludwig Maske, ‘The Franschhoek Tatler’
Solms-Delta: “Everything that this farm has offered has made me ask questions. The labels, the wine, the names … all offer some real Cape Platteland character.”
Langarm, Vastrap, Cape Jazz Shiraz: “Wines which clearly shout, ‘Let your hair down and party!’”
Langarm: “The kind of red you can swig very comfortably between dances. This unpretentious flavourful blend … is very lightly wooded and not for laying down.”
Vastrap: “Fresh and fruity yet dry white. Who would have thought that a wine mixed from chenin blanc, clairette blanche and semillon could be an alternative to sauvignon blanc? This works and it’s far more interesting than most of the sauvignon’s out there.”
Cape Jazz Shiraz: “A wine you can drink and drink plenty of. A lightly-styled yet very fruity wine with a light sparkle … refreshing stuff.”

Cathy Marston, ‘The Nose Wine Bar’
Langarm: …”made for easy drinking and early enjoyment, perfectly suited to winter….a lovely juicy wine, packed with character and interest.”

Diana Procter, ‘The Witness’
Vastrap, Langarm, Cape Jazz Shiraz: “Three lively new wines made for relaxed occasions.”
Vastrap: “Fresh and fruity, perfect for summer drinking on a patio or at a picnic.”
Langarm: “With its sweet tannins and nutty undertones it can be enjoyed young.”
Cape Jazz Shiraz: “..all occasion sparkler. Pop the cork whenever you’re in a celebratory mood.”

Tim James, ‘Noseweek’
Vastrap, Langarm: “good value … highly recommended”
Cape Jazz Shiraz: “a bit of a joke, but a good one”

Sonja Burger, ‘Farmer’s Weekly’
Vastrap, Langarm and Cape Jazz Shiraz: “They don’t pretend to be anything but easy-drinking, approachable….The Vastrap 2007 is bold and fruity. The Langarm dances to the eclectic tunes of six cultivars….The Cape Jazz Shiraz 2008 is a Cape version of the Italian Lambrusco wines……traditionally light, young, sweet and effervescent.”

Myrna Robins, ‘Saturday Weekend Argus The Good Weekend’
Vastrap: “attracting attention … One of a trio of fun labels, it’s meant to be enjoyed in similar spirit to that traditional Cape dance accompanied by concertina, banjo and blik-kitaar.”
Langarm: “a distinctly different dry blend.”

Jean Pierre Rossouw, ‘Best Life’
Lekkerwijn 2006: “Mellow peach and honeysuckle scents lead to a full-flavoured mouthful, packed with ginger spice and fruit, which lingers.”

Neil Pendock, ‘Sunday Times’
Cape Jazz Shiraz:”…this is no tipple for wine snobs. But how to rate a cultural weapon?”

Neil Pendock, ‘Financial Mail’
Vastrap, Langarm and Cape Jazz Shiraz: “authentic gem(s)…..handcrafted for drinkability rather than wine show glory…real party wine(s).

Neil Pendock, ‘Sunday Times Travel & Food, Wine Side Bar’
Cape Jazz Shiraz: “a sweet, fizzy Shiraz that will be an instant hit at the Matric farewell after-parties … Served chilled to the bone, it’s a wonderful cherry fruit bomb and with an abstemious 9% alcohol level; you can drink it throughout the wedding reception.”

Cathy van Zyl, ‘grape’
Cape Jazz Shiraz:”its 9% alcohol, 42 g/l residual sugar and gentle sparkle make it carefree, convivial and congenial: ideal for an impromptu braai on the last few days of a lackadaisical autumn.”

Neil Pendock, ‘The Times, Pendock Uncorked’
Cape Jazz Shiraz: “For a “lekker” taste you can’t do much better than a glassful of [this,] shockingly delicious with 42 grams/litre of residual sugar well balanced by high acidity … it comes in at abstemious 9% alcohol”

SINCE 2007 RELEASES:

Eban van Wyk, ‘without prejudice’
Koloni 2006:”…unusual and interesting…..intense flavours….perfect as an aperitif or, with its strong flavours, could be enjoyed with a Thai curry or even a cheese platter.”
Africana 2005:”the most unusual Shiraz I have ever tasted. This wine is meant for interesting people who want to try something new and who are willing to disregard preconceived ideas about what a Shiraz is supposed to taste like. Intense with a powerful taste and will be best enjoyed with an equally powerful meal.”

Ludwig Maske, ‘Franschhoek Tatler’
Amalie 2006 and Koloni 2006: “Perfect food wines”

Ingrid Motteux, ‘Grape’
Vastrap 2007: “Pale gold, with honeyed, golden-delicious aromas and flavours, the wine offers good breadth, rich texture and a structured, focused finish…..an easy, southern-French style.”

David Biggs, ‘Cape Argus’
Lekkerwijn 2006: “Top scoring rose … serious …packed with complex flavours, is bound to impress and enchant your guests.”

“Essentials”
Lekkerwijn 2006: “A stunning rosé that is an unusual blend … It’s a complex, dry version that stands up to food with a bite.”

Neil Pendock, ‘Good Taste’
Hiervandaan 2006: “One of my favourite red blends.”

SINCE 2006 RELEASES:

Eugene van Zyl, ‘Food & Home’
Africana 2005: “Noteworthy”

Joanne Simon, ‘Wine’
Lekkerwijn 2006: “top quality … combines apricot freshness with red fruit and enticing spice … innovative” [UNRATED]

Tom Stevenson, ‘Wine Report 2008’
Africana 2005: Ranked 1st among the SA region’s ’10 Most Exciting or Unusual Finds’ and 22nd among the world’s ‘100 Most Exciting Wine Finds’ of the year – “Its generosity and outsized proportions are beguiling, not imposing. From Shiraz; its cranberry aromas are lifted by fresh sage, dried fennel, touches of tobacco and wet tea leaf; the palate refreshes with lemony acidity, agreeable tannins and a long, lingering, sour-cherry finish. For contemplation … Lovely, pure aromas with extremely elegant, beautifully focused fruit on the palate.”
Koloni 2006: Ranked 8th among the SA region’s ’10 Most Exciting or Unusual Finds’ of the year.

Angela Lloyd, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide 2008’
Hiervandaan 2006: “characterful, comfortable southern Rhone style. 06 mimics 05’s spice & mineral zestiness, with greater focus & concentration; retains relaxed, medium body, lightish texture … oak beautifully absorbed”.  RATING * * * *
Lekkerwijn 2006: “One of the best & most characterful dry Cape rosés. 06 reverts to more vinous, savoury style of maiden 04; dry, firm, touch more concentration & red-wine length. Delicious and food-friendly.”  RATING  * * * *  [Rated best rosé in the Guide for three years running.]
Amalie 2006: “Sexy, slightly decadent white blend … intriguing follow-up to maiden 05. Savoury, oxidative, earth & mineral touches all seamlessly meshed & quite superb.” RATING * * * * + [Included among the Guide’s ‘Wines of the Year’ which “show particular potential for cellaring.”]
Africana 2005: “Delicious and distinctive … Perfumed wild strawberry & spice; full, flavoursome … remarkable feat of balance.”  RATING * * * *
Koloni 2006: “Rich, spicy blend … full bodied, sumptuous, with flavour-lengthening sweetness. Fresh acid and oak … add sophistication.”  RATING * * * *

Hugh Johnson, ‘Pocket Wine Book’ 2008
Hiervandaan: “Rising reputation”
Lekkerwijn: “Intriguing”
Jancis Robinson, ‘Financial Times’
Solms-Delta: “ Mark Solms … has fast drawn attention to the Solms Delta winery on his family property on the road in to Franschhoek since he moved back there from London five years ago … With ex-Boschendal winemaker Hilko Hegewisch Solms is … experimenting with winemaking techniques suggested by his reading of ancient tests – which makes for some seriously distinctive wines.”

Giuam de Korte, ‘Citizen’
Solms-Delta: “This estate is now right up there with my all-time favourites … extremely interesting and trendsetting wines …”
Lekkerwijn 2005: “After taking my first sip of their rosé, fittingly called Lekkerwijn, I realised that this would be the drink of the summer! It is amazingly refreshing, unusual and in one word, superb! Widely recognized as probably the best dry rosé ever to have come out of the Cape, it is an unusual and exciting blend … A more serious and complex rosé than most South Africans are probably used to. Its colour is a deep salmon with golden tints and gorgeous hints of peachiness and even cinnamon, resulting in a dry, complex and food-friendly rosé sure to knock your socks off! Whatever you do this summer, be sure to grab a case or two.”

Brendon Shaw, ‘the cru’
Africana 2005: “unforgettable wine…the rewards are insurmountable. I could not believe how dense and rich the flavours were – both in smell and taste. I just couldn’t stop sniffing and sipping on this lovely wine… The wild strawberry notes were gorgeous and so too was the little hint of mulled spice. This was magic, a real pleasure to experience – and it’s still young – I can only imagine that with a little maturation this is going to evolve into a truly magnificent symphony of flavours.”

Angela Lloyd, ‘John Platter South African Wine Guide 2007’
Hiervandaan 2005: “satisfies with its medium body, engaging personality. Tad more spice, minerals than 04 but still harmonious. Oak … a pleasing backdrop”.  RATING * * * *
Lekkerwijn 2005: “One of the best & most characterful dry Cape rosés. Finely tuned 05 echoes 04’s pink/gold glints, touch more spiced apricot/peach enticement; presence without showiness; firm, dry and exceptionally long”. RATING * * * *
Amalie 2005: “Authoritative, sleek and supple dry white … realises promise … remarkably refined, intriguing floral, mineral, earthy hints; fascinating ginger twist. Delicious, with few years potential … Elegant and classic, as is whole range”. RATING * * * *
Africana 2005: “exciting and flavoursome … remarkable feat of balance, brilliant ruby clarity, subtle perfumes of wild strawberry & spice. Extraordinary analysis … engaging personality”. RATING * * * *
Koloni 2006: “elegantly aromatic … viscous but with trademark light tread, purity”. [UNRATED TANK SAMPLE]

Tim James, ‘grape.co.za’
Solms-Delta: “another of the rising stars of Franschhoek, with a forceful energy that should help dynamise the area”.
Africana 2005: “somehow in a different category: a wine for sipping at the end of a meal, with… plenty of warm thoughts – a meditation wine, (as) the Italians call their Amarone.”
Solms-Delta: “one of the Cape’s most dynamic and exciting wineries … warmly welcomed by those looking for something reaching well beyond the commonplace”
Amalie 2006: “participates at the modest end of this [estate’s] unusualness, but it is full of character and interest as well as eminent drinkability … The viognier shows through in the aromas and on the palate with a peachy perfume that is, happily, subtle enough to allow other – wild and scrubby – notes to show too. It’s a powerful, concentrated wine … but also restrained, with a richness well supported by a fine acidity and good, appropriate oaking. Already integrated and drinking well, the wine should benefit from a further year or two in the bottle.” RATING 17
Hiervandaan 2005: “seamlessly blended … immensely drinkable and unpretentious – even a little rustic, in the best possible sense, though seriously vinous and with ageing potential. The ripe tannins give grip and there’s plenty of fruit depth and a freshness from balanced acidity, leading to a lengthy savoury finish. The wood … is harmoniously integrated”. RATING 16
Koloni 2006: “a rich, powerful wine with intense flavours but not without the forceful elegance that is characteristic of the Solms range”
Africana 2005: “most interesting and rewarding … beguiling nose, and an expanding complexity … generous proportions … fine tannins and a lifting acidity … a purchase one is not likely to regret – especially if you leave the wine to mature for the five-plus beneficial years it deserves”. RATING 17

Tim James, ‘Fine Wine’
Solms-Delta: “one of the most dynamic and interesting wineries established in recent years”

Michael Fridjhon, ‘The Weekender’
Lekkerwijn 2004: “undoubtedly the best wine of its kind in SA”.
Amalie 2005: “equally delicious”.
Hiervandaan 2005: “overdelivers in terms of flavour and complexity.”

Neil Beckett, ‘Icons 2007’
Solms-Delta: “The most unusual wines I came across [in South Africa]”
Africana 2005: “The most dramatic of the five [Solms-Delta] wines made from partially or totally desiccated fruit … to which the closest wine might be Amarone della Valpolicella or Sagrantino de Montefalco, though this pungently scented and powerfully tannic wine is unique.”

Emile Joubert, ‘Rapport’
Wijn de Caab range: “wyne wat ek eenvoudig as ‘heerlik’ kan beskryf”
Hiervandaan 2005: “voor in die koor … van die smaaklikste Kaapse wyne wat ek in ‘n lang tyd gedrink het. Vol, diep wyn met sysagte tanniene. Maar daar is ‘n heerlike sonnige, amper rosyntjiegeur wat die komplekse diepte baie toeganglik maak. Net so lekker en onopgesmuk soos die naam.”
Lekkerwijn 2004: “Praat van lekker … word beskou as waarskynlik die beste rosé wat die Kaap gesien het.”
Lekkerwijn 2005: “baie goed”

Neil Pendock, ‘Sunday Times’
Wijn de Caab range: “Franschhoek has seriously raised its game with the release of the second vintages of Solms-Wijn de Caab … both unique and appealing … the proof of this particular pudding is in the bottle”
Hiervandaan 2005: “perfumed nose and palate of a gothic cathedral with the mouth-feel of pure Barossa, all slippery tannins and lingering aftertaste. A benchmark warm-climate Cape blend in a seriously classy package”
Lekkerwijn 2005: “a year later and the stars have been reached and the spice rack too. The much trumpeted rose renaissance has arrived”

Neil Pendock, ‘Wine’
Hiervandaan 2005: “incredible richness, concentration and length” [selected for his top 10 wines of 2005]

Neil Pendock, ‘Good Taste’
Wijn de Caab range: “exciting wine”

Allan Mullins, ‘Taste’
Lekkerwijn 2005: “even more alluring than his maiden 2004 … A deeply coral colour, the wine combines rich red spicy fruit with aromatic peach and apricot freshness. Unusual, enticing and unique. It gets my vote as the most innovative wine released in South Africa in many years.”

Greg Landman, ‘Country Life’
Africana 2005: “unbelievable heights … spectacular wine … will take your breath away … fabulously complex, packed with intense berry flavours … A superior addition to the estate’s marvellous range.”

John Maytham, ‘Cape Talk’
Wijn de Caab range: “superb wines”
Amalie 2005: “stunning; one of the most interesting wines of 2005”
Amalie 2006: “even better than the 2005 … very, very, very good wine indeed”

David Biggs, ‘Cape Argus’
Wijn de Caab range: “caused flurries of excitement with their initial vintages”

Jenny Crwys-Williams, ‘Radio 702’
Koloni 2006: “just lovely”

‘Wynbouweekblad’
Amalie 2005: “n heerlike gehoute wit versnit”

Ludwig Maske, ‘Franschhoek Tatler’
Solms-Hegewisch range: “their wines look different and taste different”

‘Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report’
Wijn de Caab range: “up-and-coming”

Graham Howe, ‘Upfront’
Koloni 2006: “intriguing … a floral Muscat-style wine with a lingering, dry finish. A luscious wine for jaded palates”
Lekkerwijn 2004: “the top-rated rosé in the Cape”
Lekkerwijn 2005: “a coppery colour and a delicious, dry finish; an intriguing wood-matured blend”

‘Wine Tourism News’
Africana 2005: “An intense nose … very smooth mouth-feel … good length”

Harriet O’Brien, ‘Condé Nast Traveller’
Wijn de Caab range: “The Solms Wijn de Caab … blends are classics”

Carrie Adams, ‘Wine’
Lekkerwijn 2004: “simply delicious … a must”

‘Wine’
Amalie 2005: RATING * * * *

Mary Jane Harris, ‘Woman & Home’
Amalie 2005: “exceptional … rich and interesting … rich fruit adapts easily to a range of assertive flavours”
Hiervandaan 2004: “elegant and interesting, with spicy orange-peel aromas and rich concentrated flavours. Divine …”
Koloni 2006: “Koloni is something totally different … surprisingly dry. The wine has intense floral notes, hints of oak and … it’s non-cloying.”
Lekkerwijn 2005: “This stunning oak-matured rosé [has] elegance and freshness … onion-skin colour, luscious herbal aromas with hints of cinnamon”

ICON
Wijn de Caab range: “has created a stir on the local wine scene”
Lekkerwijn 2004: “the cause of much glass clinking”
Amalie 2005: “a golden white-wine blend with intense fruit, layers of complexity and a deliciously lingering finish”
Hiervandaan 2004: “dark and intense with great ageing potential”

Sonja Roets, ‘Franschhoek Life’
Solms-Hegewisch range: “soon-to-be-famous”
Koloni 2006: “a dry dessert wine? So different that a new classification for it was discussed”

Leigh Robertson, ‘Winelands Living’
Wijn de Caab range: “excellent wines”

Michael Olivier. ‘Food 24’
Lekkerwijn 2005: “a serious Rosé”

Jacqui Latimer, ‘Good Taste’
Solms-Delta: “The wines are delicious … take you on a magic carpet ride of pure enjoyment”
Amalie 2005: “graceful floral intrigue”
Hiervandaan 2005: ”rich, minerally stature.”
Africana 2005: ”startlingly dry smokiness and throaty whisperings of strawberry and spice, is the ultimate seduction.”
Lekkerwijn 2005: “a temptress in shimmering pink and gold who’ll steal your heart and leave you dreaming of spiced apricots.”

SINCE 2005 RELEASES:

Jancis Robinson, ‘Financial Times’
Hiervandaan 2004: “(one of her four) Favourites from Franschhoek”

Angela Lloyd, ‘The John Platter Guide’
Hiervandaan 2004: “hugely promising debut. Authentic, tasty southern-Rhone-style blend … Fresh, elegant & comfortably structured; only medium-bodied yet with great multi-flavour richness, rounded dry persistence … oak barely intrudes on overall harmony.” RATING * * * *
Lekkerwijn 2004: “everything about [it] is delicious. Fashioned on traditional French style, reaches new level of quality, individuality in Cape. Twinkling peachy pink/gold glints; beautifully dry, firm; sound nip of tannin adds to overall food-friendliness.” RATING * * * *
Amalie 2005: “rich mouthfeel, satisfying vinosity, savouriness.” [UNRATED TANK SAMPLE]

Angela Lloyd, ‘Radio 702’
Wijn de Caab range: “something really exciting … I was just – phew – taken aback by how good they all were”.

Michael Fridjhon, ‘Business Day’
Wijn de Caab range: “well worth tracking down”.
Amalie 2005: “remarkably Rhone-like, rich but not heavy, lowish in alcohol … with peachy viognier whiffs and subtle hints of anise … infinitely more satisfying than many of the trophy whites”.
Lekkerwijn 2004: “probably the best [rosé] produced in the Cape … this is one of a few wines that could bat comfortably in the company of a fine Tavel from the southern Rhone”.

Tim James, ‘grape.co.za’
Wijn de Caab range: “interesting and welcome … a most auspicious beginning, all three wines evidence a genuine identity and personality, with no forcing into a preconceived ‘style’.”
Amalie 2005: “an interesting and welcomingly different-tasting wine. Although it is heavily dominated by viognier (81%), the grenache blanc remainder works some magic, toning down the usually very obvious perfume into a subtle apricot, with attractive boiled sweets overtones. The six months it spent in new oak barrels no doubt plays a role here (though there’s no obvious oakiness), as it does in building the roundness and richness of the wine in the mouth, where a pleasing earthiness also comes into play. It’s dry, with a lovely fresh acidity helping to make it a good food wine.” RATING 16.5
Lekkerwijn 2004: “absolute convincingness. If there’s a better, more sophisticated and pleasing rosé locally, I don’t know of it. It’s packed solid with elegant, dry fruit; clean, fresh and immensely drinkable … The wooding … is a model lesson in good practice: it works to help hold all the components together without adding any overt flavour.” RATING 16
Hiervandaan 2004: “A beautifully structured, natural-seeming wine – ready for drinking but will certainly keep a good few years … light of foot and light of heart. Ripe, subtle tannins and purity of fruit are the hallmarks here.” RATING 16.5

David Biggs, ‘Cape Argus’
Wijn de Caab range: “I was stunned by what I tasted … Innovative and excitingly different, these wines should enliven the Cape scene, which was in danger of becoming just a little boring”.
Amalie 2005: “one of the most exciting white wines I have tasted in the Cape … this stunner is an unusual blend … should find a ready market”
Lekkerwijn 2004: a splendid dry rosé … interesting blend … delightfully crisp and complex”.
Hiervandaan 2004: “should prove a winner”.

Neil Pendock, ‘Wine’
Hiervandaan 2004: Selected for his top 10 wines of 2005.

Neil Pendock, ‘Sunday Times’
Hiervandaan 2004: “something special”.
Lekkerwijn 2004: “admirably dry and fruity, with a flavour complexity to keep the brain cells ticking over”.
Amalie 2005: “fresh flavours of peach and honey”.

Allan Mullins, ‘Taste’
Wijn de Caab range: “three unique wines combining ancient with modern methods … excellent wines”
Hiervandaan 2004: “deep and dark with a brooding depth, showing cracked black pepper, nutmeg and cloves, spices and a melange of red and black fruit”.
Amalie 2005: “a bold, concentrated mouthful with dried apricot, white peach flavours and a light toastiness … it will age superbly”.
Lekkerwijn 2004: “An exciting new wine … The most individual rosé in South Africa, it has almond nuttiness, light cinamon spiciness and fresh red fruits”.

Ludwig Maske, ‘Sunday Times’
Hiervandaan 2004: “stunning”.
Amalie 2005: “stunning”

Ludwig Maske, ‘Franschhoek Tatler’
Hiervandaan 2004: “a well-textured, judiciously wooded, flavourful blend … worth the asking price”.
Lekkerwijn 2004: “the most serious Cape rosé I’ve tasted”.

John Platter, ‘The Ridge’
Lekkerwijn 2004: “Delicious … stands out from a small crowd: quiet herby nose, almost savoury fynbos flavours, attractively different.”

Carrie Adams, ‘Radio 702’
Wijn de Caab range: “I get 75 million things across my desk daily … [but these wines are] … interesting and delicious”.

Carrie Adams, ‘Get It’
Hiervandaan 2004: “a warm, spicy wine, but deliciously smooth. Its also lighter than your average red.”

Carrie Adams, ‘Northern Suburbs’
Lekkerwijn 2004: “A simply delicious rosé … Layers of peachy fruit and mellow oak. A must!”

Jenny Crwys Williams, ‘Radio 702’
Wijn de Caab range: “something hugely special … a boutique estate that everybody is raving about”.
Lekkerwijn 2004: “this rosé just blew my skull off … a very elegant wine … just gorgeous, a sexy, non-sweet rosé; its almost cellestial.”

Greg Landman, ‘Country Life’
Hiervandaan 2004: “An ambitious blend … The result is a magnificently coloured, complex wine, with dried orange peel and chocolate flavours very apparent on the nose and in the mouth. Glorious on the nose, with beguiling aromas to support the obvious underlying tannins, this is a wine with enormous aging potential.”
Lekkerwijn 2004: “[A] very serious rosé, the first from the Cape to combine the Rhone varietals of Mourvedre, Viognier and Grenache. The first thing you will notice is is that this wine has never heard of blushing. It is a deep red-onion-skin colour, and reveals its nine months of wood maturation instantly. It is complex, as one would expect from this kind of blending, a gamble that pays off in spades. Full of body and completely dry in the mouth … a worthy addition.”
Amalie 2005: “another really big one … an intriguing blend … unusual cultivars … highly aromatic on the nose, with plenty of fruit and a lingering, barely perceptible suggestion of sweetness, a mere whisper … which stays in the mouth after swallowing … The wood does not overpower the fruit, giving it interesting tannic support instead … subtle complexities – most beguiling.”

Mary Jane Harris, ‘Woman & Home’
Hiervandaan 2004: “Elegant and interesting with spicy orange peel aromas and rich concentrated flavours. Divine …”
Amalie 2005: “Exceptional blend … rich and interesting. The intense fruit adapts easily to a range of assertive flavours.”

‘Icon’
Wijn de Caab range: “Has created a stir on the local wine scene.”
Lekkerwijn 2004: “The cause of much glass clinking.”
Amalie 2005: “A golden-white blend with intense fruit, layers of complexity and a deliciously lingering finish.”
Hiervandaan 2004: “Dark and intense with great ageing potential.”

‘Top Billing’ magazine
Amalie 2005: “An intense wine with beautiful perfume and big flavours”

Myrna Robins, ‘Weekend Argus’
Wijn de Caab range: “will not disappoint”.
Amalie: “a complex, different and unusual white, opulent viognier tempered by grenache blanc”.
Lekkerwijn 2004: “delightful … salmon-coloured elegance”.
Hiervandaan 2004: “high praise … a dark, intense blend”.

John Maytham, ‘Cape Talk’
Wijn de Caab range: “an estate making lots of waves … very, very good wines indeed … they are excellent”
Lekkerwijn 2004: “the best [rosé] available at the moment … a really, really dry crisp and delicious rosé … a very lekker wijn indeed.”

Graham Howe, ‘Upfront’/’South African Wine News’
Hiervandaan 2004: “an aromatic melange of rich flavours with dry tannins and spicy orange peel.”
Lekkerwijn 2004: “a delicious dry rosé that is making waves on the market.”

Graham Howe, ‘House & Leisure’
Wijn de Caab range: “a trilogy of princely palate-pleasers”.
Lekkerwijn 2004: “a dry, rich rosé”.
Hiervandaan 2004: “complex”.
Amalie 2005: “treat[s] a jaded palate … intensely flavoured.”.

Cathy Marston, ‘Nosing Around’
Amalie 2005: “Even more delighted when I tasted it – ripe apricots and peaches tempered with a herbal edge”.

Diana Proctor, ‘Natal Mercury’
Wijn de Caab range: “a welcome addition to the South African wine scene”
Lekkerwijn 2004: “deliciously dry”
Hiervandaan 2004: “the fruit flavours, tannins and oak are elegantly integrated”
Amalie 2005: “fragrant … wonderful peachy hints with a touch of anise, cut through with an acidity that makes it a really food-friendly wine”

Abigail Donnelly, ‘Eat In’
Lekkerwijn 2004: “quite different from the quaffing norm … a full-bodied wine with enticing hints of cinnamon and a luscious herbal aroma … Ideal for relaxed lunches”.

Sonja Burger, ‘Farmers Weekly’
Amalie 2005: “One of the best white wines I’ve tasted this year … sure to impress your connoisseur friends.”
Lekkerwijn 2004: “robust and bone dry”.

Jean-Pierre Rossouw, ‘Cape Times’
Lekkerwijn 2004: “my current favourite”.

Jean-Pierre Rossouw, ‘Condé Nast House & Garden’
Lekkerwijn 2004: “Berries and light spice, lingering flavour.”

Kim Maxwell, ‘House & Leisure’
Lekkerwijn 2004: “Dry and drinkable … unusual grape mix”.

Christian Rudman, ‘Die Burger’
Wijn de Caab range: “Oorgenoeg bewyse hoe goed versnitte werk.”

Hilary Prendini Toffoli, ‘Style’
Wijn de Caab range: “a departure from the norm … very well received”.

Jos Baker, ‘Seasons’
Lekkerwijn 2004: “freshness and fruit, combined with body and mouthfeel. A complex rosé that’s perfect for summer, but is also a serious wine; dry, wooded and full-bodied, with maturation potential.”

Kim Hoepfl, ‘Food & Home’
Lekkerwijn 2004: “A very delicious combination … flavourful … with relatively low alcohol its made for lunchtime or sundown sipping. It is also highly versatile food wise”.

Peter van Noord, ‘Home’
Lekkerwijn 2004: “A delicious summer wine.” “‘n heerlike someryn.”

Nancy Richards, ‘Country Life’
Wijn de Caab range: “delicious drinking”.

Justine Drake, ‘Shape’
Lekkerwijn 2004: “easy drinking and … supremely ‘lekker’.”

Louisa Holst, ‘Woman’s Value’/ ‘Dit’
Lekkerwijn 2004: “dry and fruity … elegant blend”./ “‘n heerlike droe en vrugtige roséwyn”.

‘Essentials’
Lekkerwijn 2004: “a delicious blend … wonderfully full-bodied for a rosé.”

‘Your Family’
Hiervandaan 2004: “delicious medium-bodied … renowned for its distinctive Rhone style”