The third annual AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction which took place at Klein Constantia yesterday raised R15 million to further education in the Cape winelands, improving on R10.5 million raised last year and R7 million the year before. A record was broken when the first ever bottle of Touch Warwick Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 was sold […]
Craig Hawkins, the maverick winemaker behind the Testalonga label, detests having his wines scored and in the case of his two new “Baby Bandito” wines, it’s easy to sympathise because while they are not necessarily the most complex out there, their vitality and sheer refreshment value are enchanting. Tasting notes AND scores below because they […]
Treat your sweetheart to breakfast in bed this Valentine’s Day. Serves 2 Ingredients: 2 croissants, halved (or 2 slices white bread) 2 eggs 30ml cream 10g butter 1,5 tbsp. (+/-20ml) sugar 0,5 tsp. (+/-3ml) cinnamon Fresh berries to serve Method: Whisk together the eggs and cream until just blended. Dip the halved croissants into the […]
From dryland vineyards in Darling, the Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2015 under the Fleur du Cap label is old-school. Cut grass, fresh herbs, lime and grapefruit on the nose while the palate is rich and thick-textured with coated acidity. Forceful but not particularly charming. R106 a bottle. #WinemagRating: 86/100.
The 2014 vintage of the Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch producer won the trophy for best in class at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show last year and the 2015 is right up there again. Intense white and yellow peach plus honeysuckle, spice and a little leesy complexity. The palate is flavour-packed, rich and […]
While the 2016 edition of Platter’s has yet to review the 2014 vintage of Meerlust Pinot Noir let alone the 2015, last year’s wine is indeed commercially available – R241.45 a bottle from Liquor City Claremont – which does seem extraordinarily early. Needless to say, the wine currently appears extremely youthful. Red and black cherry […]
Great as a light summer lunch. Serves 4 Ingredients: 16-24 large prawns (shell on) 200ml olive oil 2 tsp crushed garlic cloves 30ml lemon juice Salt and pepper Peri Peri sauce: 50g red chili 5 garlic cloves, crushed 500ml olive oil 1 tsp paprika Method: 1. Wash the prawns in cold running water. 2. Cut […]
Donkiesbaai is a label begun by Jean Engelbrecht of Rust en Vrede, grapes for this Chenin Blanc from a Piekenierskloof vineyard planted in 1979. With an approximate retail price of R200 a bottle, its positioning in the market is ambitious but the actual wine itself is a model of restraint. In the case of the […]