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Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2012

As is now well-documented, Klein Constantia changed ownership in 2011 and the 2012 vintage of the property’s renowned sweet wine Vin de Constance is the first made entirely under the new regime. Picking started in late January and finished in late April, some of the fermentation taking six months to finish, relates winemaker Matthew Day. […]

June 28, 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Buy now! SA’s best Bordeaux-style red blends available from Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar, our preferred wine merchant, has the following top-performing wines from the RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards available for purchase: Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve Red 2013 – 94 points Price: R340 Mveme Raats MR de Compostella 2014 – 93 points Price: R1 050 Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2014 – 92 points Price: R185 Vriesenhof Kallista […]

June 23, 2016
by Christian
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