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Rall White 2013



Donovan Rall has enjoyed huge success since his maiden vintage 2008. What does he put it down to? “Luck. Being surrounded by like-minded people. Constantly gauging myself against my peers. And the right vineyards – apply the least amount of winemaking possible and you should come out on top,” he says.

His new releases are knock-out:

Rall White 2013
Price: R200
50% Chenin Blanc, the rest Verdelho, Chardonnay and Viognier from the Swartland and Stellenbosch. Fabulous aroma and flavour intensity – stone fruit, spice, dried herbs and some yeasty complexity. This is a wine with real presence – big and muscular but not at the expense of detail.  Lovely coated acidity which makes for a long, saline finish.

Score: 94/100.

Rall Red 2012
Price: R210
85% Syrah, 15% Grenache. Red and black fruit, fynbos, lavender and turned earth. A good core of fruit and nicely grippy tannins thanks to 30% whole bunch fermentation. Delicious – there’s more certainty of purpose here than ever before.

Score: 92/100.

Vuurberg White 2013

Donovan Rall.

Donovan Rall has been winemaker came Stellenbosch winery Vuurberg since 2010 and has been quietly refining the wines since his arrival there. If the white blend under his own label is Swartland with a little bit of Stellenbosch, then that under the … [Continue reading]

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old

Bunnahabhain brand manager Lizanne Mouton.

South Africa is the fifth biggest market by volume and the seventh biggest by value for Scotch whisky. About 150 000 litres of single malt get sold here and Bunnahabhain is Distell’s offering, currently selling some 4 500 litres. From Islay, … [Continue reading]

Longridge Pinotage 2012


No decent Pinotage for ages and then two come along at once. Still reflecting on how good the Radford Dale Frankenstein 2013 is, I had chance to open the Longridge 2012 (R110 a bottle) and was again dead impressed. Apparently the wine represents … [Continue reading]

Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2013

Serve with pizza, pasta or simply on its own.

After more than my fair share of haggis, salmon, Aberdeen Angus beef  and, yes, whisky while in Scotland courtesy of liquor marketing company Edward Snell and Co, some comfort food and drink was required upon my return to South Africa and so it was … [Continue reading]

The RisCura White Hot Wine Awards 2014: Call for submissions

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In conjunction with RisCura, a global financial services provider, I am pleased to announce that the White Hot Wine Awards featuring Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends will again be taking place this year. A tasting is proposed to establish the top … [Continue reading]