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Bordeaux-style red blend public tasting – Cape Town

Please join Winemag.co.za for an informative seated tasting of some the top performing wines in the RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards 2016. The tasting will be presented by Winemag.co.za editor Christian Eedes along with Boela Gerber of Groot Constantia and Carl Schultz of Hartenberg. Wines included in the line-up: Creation Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot […]

June 22, 2016
by Christian
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RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards 2016 results

Results of the second annual RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends as made in South Africa are now out. 59 entries from 46 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of site) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Wines to rate 90 points […]

June 22, 2016
by Christian
with 11 Comments

Laurium Capital Signature Red Blend Report 2016: Call for entries

In conjunction with Laurium Capital, an asset management firm, Winemag.co.za is pleased to announce the first Signature Red Blend Report, the focus being wines which are distinctive of their originators and draw particular attention in the market place. So-called Rhône-style blends, Cape Blends and all other proprietorial red blends are permissible but Bordeaux-style blends are […]

June 13, 2016
by Christian
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Kaapzicht The 1947 Chenin Blanc 2015

The soon-to-be-released 2015 vintage of The 1947 Chenin Blanc from Kaapzicht is again superlative. The nose is extraordinarily complex: Pear, citrus, white peach, even a little pineapple, flowers, dried herbs, spice and a touch of vanilla. The palate, meanwhile, possesses tremendous presence, its breadth and depth something to marvel at. A great old vineyard vinified […]

June 27, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Laborie Jean Taillefert Prestige Cuvée 2010

The Jean Taillefert Prestige Cuvée is the KWV off-shoot Laborie’s best effort when it comes to Méthode Cap Classique, from 100% Pinot Noir and made in a Blanc de Noir style in the case of the maiden 2010 vintage. From Walker Bay grapes, the wine spent a minimum of 54 months on the lees. On […]

June 27, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Is there any point to blind tastings?

It’s always useful to rehash old debates, if only because the audience is always widening, so I couldn’t resist last week responding to Michael Fridjhon’s claims about blind and sighted tastings (see here). Of course, when that particular debate happens, the almost inevitable conclusion from honest participants is that both methods have their advantages and […]

June 27, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Blue wine and other gimmicks

Blue wine. That’s the latest craze. Or trend. Or gimmick. Call it what you will. It is exactly what it sounds like – wine that is actually blue. It’s made by Spanish wine company Gik, who collaborated with the University of Basque Country and the Azti Tecnecalia food research team to produce the blue wine […]

June 24, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 1 Comment

Neethlingshof Short Story Collection Maria Noble Late Harvest 2009

The Short Story Collection Maria Noble Late Harvest 2009 from Neethlingshof in Stellenbosch was judged best museum class unfortified dessert wine and best museum class wine overall at the recent Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and very smart it is, too. From Riesling, the nose is terrifically complex: some floral fragrance before marmalade, apricot, caramel […]

June 24, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

How wine assessment really works

Do wine assessments amount to anything? Are there “qualifications” to be had in matters of criticism which make the wine professional more capable than the layperson of delivering aesthetic judgments? These are perennial questions in the world of wine which are difficult but nonetheless vital to answer. All it takes is a big-name wine to […]

June 24, 2016
by Christian
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Oldenburg Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2013

While the appeal of Cabernet Franc generally arises from its pretty aromatics and  litheness compared to its offspring Cabernet Sauvignon, Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch have tended to make quite a big and burly version. I’m happy to report, however, that the 2013 vintage comes in at a relatively modest alcohol of 13.5%, which makes for […]

June 23, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Groot Constantia wins Sylvain barrel

Best wine overall at the second annual RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards was the Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve Red 2013 and the prize for producing this a 300-litre Selection range barrel from Tonnellerie Sylvain valued at approximately R14 000. Here Jean Daneel, who is Sylvain’s representative in South Africa can be seen with winemaker Boela […]

June 23, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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