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Book now for our blends public tasting – Johannesburg

Please join Winemag.co.za for an informative seated tasting of some the top blended wines in the country. The tasting will be presented by Winemag.co.za editor Christian Eedes along with Werner Muller of Iona and Karl Lambour, GM of Tokara. On show will be a selection of the Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends from the RisCura White Hot […]

September 12, 2016
by Christian
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Book now for our Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon public tasting – Cape Town

Please join Winemag.co.za for an informative seated tasting of some the top performing wines in the RisCura White Hot Wine Awards. The tasting will be presented by Winemag.co.za editor Christian Eedes along with Jacques du Plessis of Constantia Uitsig and Werner Muller of Iona. Wines included in the line-up: Barton Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015 Cape […]

September 12, 2016
by Christian
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AA Badenhorst Family Wines Raaigras Grenache 2015

From a 1951 vineyard planted on the Badenhorst’s Swartland farm. The 2015 is utterly captivating. The nose is very forthcoming, the first impression being of wild strawberry and raspberry but there is also a floral note – more rose than lavender  –  as well as coriander and other spices. The palate possesses lovely form – […]

September 28, 2016
by Christian
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Brakkuil Barbarossa 2015

The old dark-skinned grape vines  on Wimpie Bouwer’s property in the St Helena ward of the Swartland was originally thought to be Cinsaut but after investigations by research institute Nietvoorbij, were identified as Barbarossa, a lesser-known Italian grape which was apparently planted locally in the first half of the 20th century but then deregistered. Enter […]

September 28, 2016
by Christian
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Michael Fridjhon: Succession Crisis? What succession crisis?

There’s no one who seriously disputes that the Cape wine industry has made enormous progress in the past decade. From playing serious catch-up after 1994, and achieving something of a middle-of-the-road equilibrium by 2010, it has powered ahead, garnering critical acclaim, stronger-than-ever exports, and a real visibility amongst modern wine aficionados all over the world. […]

September 28, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
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Marthélize Tredoux: Is the SA wine industry too segmented?

We came. We listened. But where does that leave us in terms of innovation? That’s the question I have been asking myself after the WineLands “Igniting Innovation” seminar last week. Before we get into that, a quick overview of the day’s speakers and discussions, to create some context. Both key-note speakers were superb. Dr. Morné […]

September 27, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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AA Badenhorst Family Wines Dassiekop Steen 2015

From a single vineyard planted in the 1956 on the Paardeberg. An extraordinarily complex and exotic nose with a floral top note before white peach, naartjie, orange, pineapple and a hint of spice. The palate, meanwhile, is rich and very flavourful – lovely pure fruit, plenty of weight and texture but equally not short on […]

September 27, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: On wine scoring systems

I’ve been doing some very basic arithmetic (it has to be basic – it’s so long since I was at school without a calculator that I can’t even remember how to do long division). My foray into figures came when I noticed Christian’s recent response to a comment about the relationship between scoring systems. One […]

September 26, 2016
by Tim James
with 9 Comments

Hermanuspietersfontein Nr 7 Kaalvoet Miesie 2015

Hermanuspietersfontein has historically had number of different examples of Sauvignon Blanc but the range is undergoing consolidation and the wine previously known as Nr 7 , a Sauvignon Blanc with “a potentially small percentage of Semillon and Nouvelle” will be renamed Kaalvoet Miesie going forward. The grapes come from the Sondagskloof farm which belongs to […]

September 26, 2016
by Christian
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Lomond SSV 2014

The SSV 2014 from Lomond near Gansbaai is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 16% Semillon and 4% Viognier, the latter two components fermented and matured for three months in third-fill barrels. The addition of the Viognier, traditionally associated with the Rhône, to what would otherwise be a Bordeaux-style white blend must make life difficult […]

September 26, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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