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Boerejive Vers. 1 Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Emile van der Merwe, assistant to winemaker Matthew Copeland at Agter-Paarl property Vondeling, has made a small batch of own-label Blanc Fumé 2015. Called Boerejive after his late father’s first poetry collection, the grapes are from a block of Sauvignon Blanc planted on Vondeling in 1984. Juice was inoculated in tank before being transferred to […]

May 23, 2016
by Christian
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Recipe: Orange Chocolate Tart

Decadent and delicious. Makes 4 tarts Ingredients: 1 packet (200g) chocolate digestive biscuits 80g unsalted butter, cubed 200g Lindt orange dark chocolate, roughly chopped 500ml (2 cups) cream 1 tsp vanilla paste (or extract) zest of 1 orange cocoa powder for dusting Method: Place the biscuits in a food processor and pulse to form fine […]

May 23, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: The remarkably low number of SA wineries – Part Two

Twenty years ago, as the millennium approached, and the Cape wine revolution gathered momentum, the Lammershoek farm on the Paardeberg was still delivering its grapes to the local co-op, where they largely disappeared into the voluminous anonymity of vast blending tanks. Then, after an ownership change, the Lammershoek cellar was recommissioned, and increasingly the grapes […]

May 23, 2016
by Tim James
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Flotsam & Jetsam Cinsault 2015

Flotsam & Jetsam 2015 is Chris and Suzaan Alheit’s take on Cinsault, grapes from the same Darling block that supplies Francois Haasbroek, Ian Naudé,  Donovan Rall and Duncan Savage. It has an alcohol of 12% and comes across as particularly light which is not to say short of aroma or flavour. Strawberries, red and black […]

May 23, 2016
by Christian
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Fraternity Chenin Blanc 2014

Fraternity is a joined venture between Joseph Dhafana, the head sommelier of La colombe restaurant and Herman Redelinghuys, the owner of Swartland cellar Antebellum. Grapes are sourced from three different sites in the area, juice undergoing spontaneous fermentation and maturation lasting eight months in second- and third-fill French oak before a further three months in […]

May 23, 2016
by Christian
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De Trafford Syrah 393 2011

The red wines of De Trafford in Stellenbosch are usually pretty close to the red zone in terms of weight and power but the Syrah 393 2011 is off the scale. Juice underwent  spontaneous fermentation and maturation lasted 22 months in French oak, 50% new, the final wine clocking in at 16.17% alcohol. On the […]

May 23, 2016
by Christian
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SA’s top 15 varities – trends in plantings

According to SAWIS, the South African national vineyard has declined by 2.96% to 98 596.8ha between 2005 and 2015. Here are the current plantings of our top 15 varieties and whether these trended up or down over the same period: 1. Chenin Blanc – 17 965ha (DOWN by 5.7%) 2. Colombar – 11 839ha (UP […]

May 20, 2016
by Christian
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Michael Fridjhon: Why SA grape growers have to get more money

In an article published earlier in the week on Daily Maverick , industry commentator Michael Fridjhon argues that “the proceeds of unequal deal-making are as addictive as other forms of corruption” and that  “in this food chain [SA wine production], the retailers and the big brand owners dine best, and they are addicted to the […]

May 20, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
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