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Welgemeend Reserve 1995

In 1999, I moved into an apartment in the Cape Town suburb of Gardens, the building situated in Welgemeend Street, which runs perpendicular to Hofmeyr Street. The late Billy Hofmeyr of Paarl property Welgemeend was, of course, made South Africa’s first Bordeaux-style red blend in 1979 and was succeeded by his daughter Louise in 1992. […]

May 2, 2016
by Christian
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Top six wines of April 2016

Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: B Vintners Liberté Pinotage 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Arendsig Inspirational Batch 3 Chenin Blanc 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Mullineux White 2014 – 94 (read original review here) Porseleinberg 2014 – 94 (read original review here) Rall […]

May 1, 2016
by Christian
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Do we need affirmative action for reds?

When it comes to wine assessment, calibrations are a pretty big deal. How to rate a big-name wine which underwhelms or conversely a supposedly humble offering which charms and delights? It’s handy therefore to encounter a wine like the Grenache Blanc 2015 from Donovan Rall, the class of which is so self-evident it quickly re-establishes […]

April 29, 2016
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Holden Manz Cabernet Franc Reserve 2014

How to understand single-varietal Cabernet Franc in the South African context? If the talking point about the currently available Raats 2013 is just how particularly leafy it is aromatically (see here) then the Holden Manz Reserve 2014 provides an interesting counterpoint being much more about fruit power. The Holden Manz wine has an alcohol of […]

April 28, 2016
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Morgenster Nabucco 2013

Yesterday a tasting of the new releases from Morgenster in Somerset West. Pick of the bunch was the Bordeaux-style Reserve 2012 which rated 91 on the 100-point scale in last year’s RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards and again showed very well. Wine Cellar price: R395 a bottle. Whereas the Reserve 2012 is a blend of […]

April 27, 2016
by Christian
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Recipe: Leek and potato soup

Smooth and creamy. Serves 4 Ingredients: olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 3 leeks, washed and finely sliced 400g peeled potatoes, cubed 4 cups (1l) vegetable or chicken stock ½ cup (125ml) cream salt and freshly ground pepper 10g fresh chives, finely chopped Method: Heat a little oil in a […]

April 26, 2016
by Christian
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Rall Grenache Blanc 2015

Donovan Rall has a compelling new wine in the form of a Grenache Blanc 2015. Grapes come from a Piekenierskloof ungrafted vineyard some 15 years old and juice underwent spontaneous fermentation, a portion on the skins and maturation lasting six months in a combination of concrete egg and old oak. The wine has a complex […]

April 26, 2016
by Christian
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Bellingham Homestead Pinotage 2014

Bellingham have launched a batch of wines under the Homestead label designed to slot in under its premium Bernard Series. The Homestead in question is the former residence of Bellingham founder Bernard Podlashuk situated on Anthonij Rupert Wyne property in Franschhoek but held in trust and therefore not available for sale. According to winemaker Niel […]

April 26, 2016
by Christian
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