Gabriëlskloof Sauvignon Blanc 2016 & Shiraz 2014

Gabriëlskloof Winery

House Wine is tricky in a restaurant. When we operated Parks in Constantia, we used to use bin end wines.  They were wine list wines which were no longer available or were coming off the list.  Once in national steakhouse chain, I was told that the house wine came out of a plastic tank underneath the dishwasher – the innocence of their self-named waitrons.

Gabriëlskloof Sauvignon Blanc 2016

We recently tasted two house wines from Italian owned Alfie’s Pizzeria brought in by Nicky Geerts, who manages the restaurant. And is also serious about his wines.

Alfie’s Pizzeria, Pretoria. Photo by Alida Ryder

The wines have special labels for the restaurant, and are available as Gabriëlskloof Sauvignon Blanc 2016

[known at Alfie’s as Sara], and the Gabriëlskloof Shiraz 2014 aka the Valentina.

Gabriëlskloof Shiraz, we tasted the 2014

John Fraser is joined in the Johannesburg Studio by Philippa Rodseth from the Manufacturing Circle, Cape Wine Master Debi van Flymen from Grapeslave, and Clientele’s Malcolm MacDonald.

Die Vine Intervention is a series of podcasts which John Fraser, broadcaster, financial journalist, business editor and publisher of, a South African Business website, and I record with a team in Johannesburg.  The podcasts appear both on John’s website and mine.

Gabriëlskloof Winemaker, Peter-Allan Finlayson

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