Fairview Stok by Paaltjie Grenache 2014

Whatever you might say about Fairview, Charles Back’s operation in Paarl, you can’t criticize the range for being conservative. Just as Grenache starts to trend, along comes this farm’s version, the name referencing the trellising system which sees each vine supported by its own pole. Fermented in open-top foudre before being basket pressed, the wine […]

April 28, 2017
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Steenberg The Black Swan Sauvignon Blanc 2016

JD Pretorius, cellarmaster Steenberg, says Sauvignon Blanc is always going to be the “business card” of this Constantia property – 64% of a total of 60ha under vine is planted to this variety. He made 8 000 12-bottle cases of the so-called super-premium Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and this sells for R125 a bottle. It also […]

April 26, 2017
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Michael Fridjhon: Is there a difference between authentic wine vs wine made to taste expensive?

What makes a wine “nerdy” – and for that matter, are these the same features which communicate authenticity? I recently – somewhat frivolously – wrote that “if you fancy yourself a wine geek, you dare not mention that you drank – let alone enjoyed – a bottle of Nederburg or even Diemersdal. You’re not supposed […]

April 26, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
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Highlands Road Sauvignon Blanc White Reserve 2015

Elgin property Highlands Road, which has a high reputation for its Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend called Sine Cera, recently released an ultra-premium single-variety Sauvignon Blanc. From the 2015 vintage, it was tank fermented and then had 22 months on its primary lees in fourth-fill French oak. It was originally aged in order to go into the […]

April 25, 2017
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Recipe: Tandoori chicken and cucumber wraps

This Indian inspired meal is healthy, tasty and easy to make. Serves 4 Ingredients: Wraps 1 cup (250ml) bread flour ½ tsp (2.5ml) salt ½ tsp (2.5ml) baking powder 15g butter ¼ cup (60ml) warm water Filling 400g skinless chicken thighs, deboned and thinly sliced 2 tbsp (30ml) Tandoori paste ½ cup (125ml) Greek yoghurt […]

April 25, 2017
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Mount Sutherland Syrah 2013

Super Single Vineyards sees Daniël de Waal making wines under two labels, namely Mount Sutherland and Pella, grapes for the former sourced from a sheep farm near Sutherland in the Karoo and for the latter from around Stellenbosch. The 2012 vintage of Mount Sutherland Syrah was not only best in category but best red wine […]

April 24, 2017
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Alto M.P.H.S 2007 – 2012

The 2012 vintage of the flagship red blend from Stellenbosch property Alto has just been released, and to mark the occasion, a tasting of this and the two previous vintages to date, namely 2007 and 2011. Unfortunately, the 2007 which is available from Vinoteque.co.za at R1 144 a bottle is not looking good – a […]

April 21, 2017
by Christian
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Vuurberg White 2016

“These go to eleven,” is an idiom coined in the movie This Is Spinal Tap, where the guitarist proudly demonstrates an amplifier whose volume knobs are marked from zero to eleven, instead of the usual zero to ten and that’s also what you get from the Vuurberg wines as made by Donovan Rall. Tasting notes […]

April 20, 2017
by Christian
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