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Naudé Grenache 2014

Ian Naudé of Adoro might be something of an old hand in the local wine industry but he’s making some of the most appealing new-wave wines around, as these latest releases again show. Naudé Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2015 Price: R250 From Durbanville and Swartland vineyards, approximately 40 years old. Subtle but alluring aromatics – […]

August 29, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: More on Portuguese varieties in SA

It was only in the 1990s that Portugal’s Douro region started to produce red table wines in a big way, using the varieties that had long gone into its famous ports. The international success of those dry reds (more blends than varietals), coupled with a renewed South African will to experiment, has led to a […]

August 29, 2016
by Tim James
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The Fledge & Co. Fumé Blanc 2015

From vineyards in the Outeniqua mountains, this wine from Leon Coetzee and Boplaas winemaker Margaux Nel was fermented using three different yeasts and matured for seven in old French oak. The nose is wonderfully complex with a floral note before lime, green apple, honeydew melon and white pepper. The palate is well balanced, Sauvignon’s usual […]

August 29, 2016
by Christian
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Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition 2016 winners

Results of the 20th annual Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition have just been announced, the winners as follows: Diemersdal Reserve 2015 Flagstone Writer’s Block 2014 Fleur du Cap Unfiltered 2014 Kanonkop 2010 Knorhoek Two Clubs 2015 KWV The Mentors 2013 L’Avenir Single Block 2014 Perdeberg The Dryland Collection 2014 Rijk’s Reserve 2013 Rooiberg Reserve 2015 […]

August 26, 2016
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Uva Mira The Mira Merlot 2014

Uva Mira is the Helderberg property owned by Toby Venter, CEO of Porsche South Africa, where Christian Coetzee, previously of KWV, is crafting some impressive wines. The Bordeaux-style red blend called O.T.V. 2014 rated 91 points in the RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards earlier this year so what of the single varietal Merlot and Cab […]

August 26, 2016
by Christian
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Rousseau Grace Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Former Constantia Uitsig viticulturist and winemaker André Rousseau now makes some wine under his own label and has just released Grace Sauvignon Blanc 2016 named after his mother and selling for R105 a bottle. 70% of grapes are from Durbaville, 24% from Noordhoek and 6% from Grabouw, this latter portion being barrel fermented.   On the […]

August 26, 2016
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: On SA wine’s aversion to change

Today, I am going to make an observation, elaborate about it a little bit and then I am going to leave the floor open to you. I want you to prove my observation wrong. To tell me I’m mad. Blind. Living on another planet. I want you show me that the slices of the industry […]

August 25, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Swartland Limited Release Roussanne 2015

The marketing department at Swartland Winery might be over-reaching itself – the new wines from unusual varieties are pitched as “iconic” – but there’s nothing wrong with what’s actually in the bottle, at least when it comes to the Limited Release Roussanne 2015 which was sent for review (there is also a Mourvèdre and a […]

August 25, 2016
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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