Press Clippings

September 7th, 2018 -

Steen-op-Hout 2017 announced top ten Chenin Blanc winner

The Mulderbosch Steen-op-Hout Chenin Blanc 2017 recently claimed a top ten position in the fifth annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Challenge. The ten best Chenin […]

September 5th, 2017 -

Michael Olivier Writes About Mulderbosch Vineyards

Set in the beautiful Polkadraai Hills Mulderbosch Vineyards is a destination on its own. This year Mulderbosch celebrates its 28th birthday, and I have been an unflinching fan […]

August 24th, 2017 -

The 15 Best Rosé Wines from Around the World, According to Sommeliers

According to recent Nielsen data, rosé has graduated from being a cheap, sweet, porch pounder to being the wine to drink in America right now—an interesting journey […]

May 19th, 2017 -

Michael Olivier Reviews Faithful Hound White 2015

A Bordeaux white wine blend of Semillon 62% and Sauvignon Blanc 38%.  The Semillon grapes come from a vineyard panted in 1936 in the traditional […]

April 6th, 2017 -

Michael Olivier Reviews Chardonnay 2015

There are Chardonnays and there are Chardonnays, and for me the most appealing are those which have a story.  The Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2015 has a story. The […]

March 22nd, 2017 -

Michael Olivier Reviews Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2016 grapes were subjected to a hot and dry lead up to the harvest.  However, the grapes produced high acidity and great flavours […]

February 17th, 2017 -

Michael Olivier Reviews 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Selecting grapes from their best vineyard sites in Stellenbosch, Elgin and Piekenierskloof, they were brought to cellar, destemmed and crushed and then they are separately […]

December 2nd, 2016 -


Of the ways to make Rosé, arguably growing your grapes specifically to make a Rosé, is, in my opinion the finest. And it shows in […]

November 18th, 2016 -


Adam Mason, the winemaker at Mulderbosch, works with a number of producers of fine grapes and has chosen three different vineyard blocks in the Stellenbosch […]

October 27th, 2016 -


Adam Mason, the winemaker at Mulderbosch, uses grapes from their own Chenin Blanc vineyards, Wine Appellation Polka Draai, and adds to them a selection of […]

July 19th, 2016 -


Using grapes from some of the finest vineyards in the Western Cape, Cellar master Adam Mason blended Cabernet Franc 32%, Cabernet Sauvignon 26%, Merlot 19%, […]

April 10th, 2016 -

Michael Olivier Reviews Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2012

The grapes for the Mulderbosch Chardonnay Barrel Fermented 2012 are all from the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Each components was separately vinified.   Once in the cellar, the hand […]

March 4th, 2016 -

Michael Olivier Reviews Husk Brandy 2014

Mulderbosch Husk Brandy 2014 is a beauty to behold. Made in the same style as Grappa, the original, widely celebrated spirit. It is made by […]

February 16th, 2016 -

Michael Olivier Reviews Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2015

The olives for the Mulderbosch EVOO 2015 come from Stellenbosch, so it could be classified with that geographic indicator. The olives used come from a […]

January 30th, 2016 -

Michael Olivier Reviews Faithful Hound White 2014

The 62% Semillon grapes for the Mulderbosch Faithful Hound White 2014 come from the Franschhoek Wine Appellation, while the 38% of Sauvignon Blanc come from […]

December 21st, 2015 -

Michael Olivier Reviews Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The grapes for the Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2015 emanate from different wine appellations in the western Cape. And the batches were vinified separately and then […]

December 2nd, 2015 -

Wine Spectator Top 100 – Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Block W 2013

Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select our Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This […]

December 2nd, 2015 -

The China Post – Steen, aka Chenin Blanc, sparkles in S. Africa as it straddles new, old world

Adam Mason, winemaker at Mulderbosch in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s premium wine-growing region, says this component is achieved by picking at slightly lower sugar levels. This […]

November 17th, 2015 -


The Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards produce this rosé in the most classical way – grown specifically to produce a fine rosé. Early picking results in crisp […]

September 23rd, 2015 -

Michael Olivier Reviews Chenin Blanc 2015

Mulderbosch was a wine we had on our restaurant wine list in the mid 1990s and I remember being so amused at the name of […]

July 30th, 2015 - – View from a South African Winemaker – Adam Mason

Founded in 1989, Mulderbosch Vineyards released its first vintage several years later and has grown from there, becoming one of South Africa’s foremost producers. READ FULL ARTICLE […]

July 30th, 2015 -

Natalie MacLean Reviews Chenin Blanc 2014

Chenin Blanc is the great undiscovered, under-valued white wine of South Africa — and the world. You must try this at least once in your […]

June 29th, 2015 -

Michael Olivier reviews Faithful Hound White 2013

Adam Mason has come up with another classic here. Faithful Hound, and its lovely story has for so long been part of the Mulderbosch repertoire […]

June 29th, 2015 -

Michael Olivier reviews Faithful Hound 2013

I love wine with a story. Few wines from the Cape have a story as poignant as this one. It is the story of the […]

January 26th, 2015 -

Michael Olivier reviews Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2010

One of the delights of Mulderbosch is the many different ways in which Winemaker Adam Mason uses the grapes at his disposal to create a […]

January 26th, 2015 -

Wine Spectator – Top 100 Faithful Hound 2011

Dark ruby in appearance, with bright plummy hues. The nose shows spicy aromatics of cedar wood, anise and pencil shavings punctuated by intense cassis and […]

December 10th, 2014 -

Wine Searcher – Q&A with Adam Mason

Mulderbosch winemaker Adam Mason talks to W. Blake Gray about Chenin Blanc, wine epiphanies and a life-changing encounter with a Texas restaurant. What do you see as […]

August 20th, 2014 -

South Africa’s Chenin Blanc seeps onto summer stage

Chenin Blanc, the most widely planted grape in South Africa, is a varietal once considered by some to be “cheap and cheerful quaff,” but it […]

June 12th, 2014 - – Dry Rosés mark rite of summer in the US

It really doesn’t matter how pink wines are made. What they do to you is the thing. Since they’re usually crisp and clean, they make […]

June 5th, 2014 -

Men’s – Drink the Greatest Summer Wine

Surprise! Here’s why you should drink Sauvignon Blanc this season…The case for Sauvignon Blanc’s summer supremacy doesn’t stop at the style’s refreshing flavor. For one, […]

May 1st, 2014 -

ABC News

From BBQ to Braai with WOSA on ABC Chef Hugo Uys of the “From BBQ to Braai” 2014 Culinary Tour is featured on ABC 15 with […]

March 20th, 2014 -

Wine of the Day – Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2013 Fine Chardonnay grapes for the Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2013 come from specially chosen Stellenbosch sites close to False Bay where the […]

March 19th, 2014 -


Great Spring Wines under $10 St. Patricks Day is all about the green. Wine Channel TV featured our great spring wines for under $10 on […]

March 18th, 2014 -

AfriAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction raises over R7 million for Charity

The inaugural 2014 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, which took place on Saturday at Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch saw R7.045 million was raised for […]

March 3rd, 2014 -


Show your Love with Rosé Knowing your love’s likes and dislikes is the best way to show you listen, pay attention and care. Knowing enough […]

February 7th, 2014 -

The Saltbox blog – Seeing Pink

Red may be the colour of love, but this February we are seeing pink at The Saltbox. Pink Rosé wine. I used to think that rosé […]

January 31st, 2014 -

Michael writes: Wine of the Day

Adam Mason, the Winemaker at Mulderbosch, is a dab hand at making the Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc Steen op Hout 2012, which is such a tradition on […]

January 17th, 2014 - – Eatocracy

The World’s most Popular Wine Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon… 2013 Mulderbosch Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon ($10) Rosé in winter? Cabernet rosé? From South Africa? Why not? Cabernet makes […]

December 29th, 2013 -

Beyond Champagne: Best Wines to Kick Off Your New Year’s Eve Celebrations New Year’s Eve is in a couple of days, which means  it’s really […]

December 18th, 2013 -

Frugal Foodie’s Holiday Wine Steals: 7 Picks for Under $20 There are plenty of reasons to have a few good bottles of wine on hand […]

December 13th, 2013 -

Tampa Bay Times

Wine of the week: 2011 Chenin Blanc Steen Op Hout Back in the days when chenin blanc was known in this country primarily as a […]

December 9th, 2013 -

Wine of the Week: Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2010

A well made Bordeaux blend from South Africa’s Stellenbosch wine region, the 2010 Mulderbosch Faithful Hound charms with solid color concentration, vivid blackcurrant and dark cherry aromas… READ FULL […]

November 17th, 2013 -

Michael writes: Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2013

Just to think of someone, a smell, a familiar sound makes me smile.  To look at this bottle makes me happy.  For years, I have […]

November 8th, 2013 -

WINE: Seasonal trends

AS SUMMER approaches, the big red wines that sustain those of us who believe that our drinking choices are partly determined by climate suddenly become […]

November 5th, 2013 -

’Tis the season – for a party!

The stretch from Halloween through New Year’s Day is often the most heavily-packed time on most folks’ social calendars. Makes good sense, after all – […]

October 28th, 2013 -

Michael Olivier writes: Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Adam Mason works in a special place.  Mulderbosch is really the home of some of the Cape’s most distinctive wines. The clever packaging, emulating that of […]

October 22nd, 2013 -

Delicious South African Sauvignon Blanc

It’s funny how we turn into our parents as we get older. When I was younger, I never understood what my father and mother got […]

September 4th, 2013 -

Eight Wines Paired with Backyard Mesa BBQ

An impromptu early evening barbecue in a backyard on the Mesa last Friday proved the perfect pairing for a slate of eight wines that had […]

August 29th, 2013 -

Naked Vine Triple Lindy — Mulderbosch Winery

Let’s take a little trip southward from Eurasia and the world of Turkish wines through the Suez Canal, across the Red Sea, and down around […]

August 27th, 2013 -

Rosé wine the best of both worlds as summer winds down

I love dry rosé wines for their versatility and food friendliness. They are that “just right” center between white and red, perfect for everything from […]

August 8th, 2013 -

What I’m Drinking: Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc has long been one of my favorite white grapes. Although the all-time great ones come from France’s Loire Valley, South Africa long ago […]

August 1st, 2013 -

Run For The Rosés

Ah, sweet September … that delicious time when tailgating and picnic seasons converge for a few precious weeks. Stay flexible in your menu plans throughout […]

July 27th, 2013 -

Mulderbosch: Wines from South Africa’s Western Cape

South Africa’s Western Cape serves as the Rainbow Nation’s cradle of vineyards as well as its celebrated wine-producing hub. Most notable is the Stellenbosch area […]

July 19th, 2013 -

Chenin Blanc, a Worldly and Delicious Underdog Wine

SOME GRAPES LANGUISH in total obscurity while others suffer an even worse fate: ignominy. I’m referring to Chenin Blanc, which may be the world’s most noble […]

July 16th, 2013 -

Michael writes: Mulderbosch Faithful Hound 2010

There is no more touching story than that of a faithful dog who waits at the end of a pathway for the return home of […]

July 9th, 2013 -

Tasting some summer from South Africa

Mulderbosch Vineyards is located in the Stellenbosch Hills area outside Stellenbosch, South Africa. Environmental responsibility is always on their minds and they attempt to give […]

June 27th, 2013 -

A Dozen Rosés Make a Bouquet

Once cloyingly sweet and bland, most rosés today have the crisp, refreshing acid to be bright, light and lively — fruity summer wines meant to […]

June 26th, 2013 -

Wine Time: Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2011, South Africa

Chenin Blanc is one of the least understood and least appreciated grapes in the world. And that’s a shame because it makes a great wine. Some […]

June 24th, 2013 -

From the Wine Cellar: Rosés in All Their Many Styles

Is there anyone left who hasn’t said in the past year, “I love rosés”? From being an ignored style of wine a few years ago, […]

June 18th, 2013 -

Wines play nice with dessert

Let them eat cake. Or pie or cookies or brownies or banana bread, etc. What I’m getting at is that wine loves the traditional sweet […]

June 17th, 2013 -

Drink Pink: Summer’s Best Rosés

There is something magical about an early summer sunset. As long, bright days evolve into cool, refreshing evenings, the play of light from the low-hanging sun splashes […]

June 14th, 2013 -

Die Vine Intervention. Podcast Tasting with Mulderbosch Chardonnay 2011

Michael Olivier and John Fraser are joined for the tasting of Mulderbosch 2011 Chardonnay by gourmet chef and restaurateur Dino Fagas from Pretoria’s Prosopa and […]

May 17th, 2013 -

Stephen Tanzer on South Africa’s chenin blancs

If your warm-weather wine-drinking habits are anything like mine, you’re always looking for something new and invigorating. After all, how much riesling, Chablis and Beaujolais can […]

April 18th, 2013 -

AT&T Park wine bar diversifies traditional game drinks

I’m starting to get used to the idea that baseball games are no longer just about beer, peanuts, hot dogs and, lest I forget, the […]

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