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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
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Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2016 winners

Results of the third annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, are now out. There were 124 entries in total and the winning wines are as follows: Allée Bleue 2015 Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine 2015 Boschendal Sommelier Selection 2015 DeMorgeznon Reserve […]

August 24, 2016
by Christian
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Spice Route Malabar 2012

Spice Route was acquired by Charles Back in the late 1990s out of conviction that the Swartland was utilised and the maiden vintage of this deluxe Rhône-style red blend was 2002, the 2012 the eighth to be released so evidently a few vintages declassified for whatever reason. The 2012 consists of 73% Syrah, 11% Mourvèdre, […]

August 24, 2016
by Christian
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The Old Vine Series Mev. Kirsten 2015

This wine is produced from Chenin Blanc vineyards in Stellenbosch considered to be the oldest in the country, having been planted during the years of 1905 to 1920. The 2015 is deep in colour, the nose showing white and yellow peach, naartjie and orange, bee’s wax and honey plus a little earthiness. The palate is […]

August 24, 2016
by Christian
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Just how much trouble is SA wine in?

Where were the representatives from the big producer-wholesalers at last night’s second annual Ex Animo Address? The event, organised by David and Jeanette Clarke who own a wine agency by the same name was held at Joostenberg Bistro outside Stellenbosch and saw the acclaimed Rosa Kruger speaking on viticulture, Mulderbosch winemaker Adam Mason on the […]

August 24, 2016
by Christian
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Recipe: Beef tagliata with wild mushrooms

Simple yet delicious. Serves 4 Ingredients: 700g beef rump (can also use sirloin or fillet) 1 clove of garlic, crushed ½ cup (125ml) olive oil and balsamic salt and freshly ground black pepper 250g wild mushrooms (can also use brown or button) 125g baby Rosa tomatoes 1 red onion, thinly sliced juice of 1 lemon […]

August 23, 2016
by Christian
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Mullineux Single Terroir new releases

Mullineux Granite Chenin Blanc 2015 Price: R495 From two Paardeberg vineyards, 39 and 43 years old. A hint of reduction plus pear, white peach and wild herbs. The palate is lean and angular – very fresh with a pithy finish. #WinemagRating: 91/100. Mullineux Quartz “Leliefontein” Chenin Blanc 2015 Price: R495 From a 34-year-old Kasteelberg vineyard. […]

August 23, 2016
by Christian
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The Old Vine Series Skurfberg 2015

What’s a point either way on the 100-point wine rating scale? With news having broken on Twitter last week that Tim Atkin MW has scored the David & Nadia Sadie Old Bush Vines Authentic Series Hoë Steen Chenin Blanc 2015 98 points in his upcoming 2016 SA Report, it seems local wine has crossed a […]

August 22, 2016
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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