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Recipe: Honey and almond Ice-cream

There’s nothing as stressful as making ice-cream from scratch, unless of course you’re the proud owner of a machine that costs gazillions of rands, into which you bung the ingredients and – before you can chill the accompanying bubbly – out comes professional, creamy-dreamy ice-cream for the masses. Traditional ice-creams involve making custard (with eggs [...]

January 12, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Delaire Graff Sunrise Brut vs DeMorgenzon Brut

Is Cap Classique from Chenin Blanc about to trend? First Steen from Bosman Family Vineyards in Wellington and Sparklehorse from Ken Forrester in Stellenbosch and now Sunrise (after an 118.08 carat diamond) from Delaire Graff and a Brut from DeMorgenzon. Delaire Graff Sunrise Brut Price: R275 In the manner of Crémant de Loire and featuring [...]

December 15, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Silverthorn The Green Man 2012

The 2010 vintage of The Green Man was rated 5 Stars in the 2014 edition of Platter’s, the 2011 was judged best sparkling wine, best white wine and joint best wine overall at the Six Nations Wine Challenge earlier this year and the 2012 sees this rich vein of form continue. From Roberston Chardonnay, a [...]

December 10, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Jacques Bruére Blanc de Blanc 2009

With the festive season nearly upon us, Winemag.co.za offices are receiving more bubbly samples than usual. We were particularly impressed by the new releases in the Jacques Bruére range of Cap Classique from Bon Courage in Robertson – stylish packaging and great quality relative to price. Jacques Bruére Brut Reserve 2009 Price: R140 60% Pinot [...]

November 28, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Silverthorn The Green Man 2010

While there’s plenty of mediocre Cap Classique about (technically flawed examples sell anyway because everyone loves bubbles), the best examples are more or less the match of the non-vintage offerings of the bigger Champagne houses. Right now The Green Man 2010 from Silverthorn is as good as it gets. Rated 5 Stars in the current [...]

March 19, 2014
by Christian
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Villiera Starlight Brut NV

Most low alcohol wines are insipid so I approached the Villiera Starlight Brut NV – The Light Cap Classique (R95 a bottle) with a fair degree of trepidation. It is, however, an entirely sound proposition. From 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinotage, a small amount of alcohol was removed prior to secondary fermentation  (final [...]

November 5, 2013
by Christian
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2013 Amorim Tsogo Sun Cap Classique Challenge Results

The results of the the thirteenth annual Amorim Tsogo Sun Méthode Cap Classique Challenge are as follows: Best Vintage Brut, Overall Winner: Boschendal Grande Cuvée Brut 2009 Best Brut Non-Vintage: Colmant Brut Best Rosé Non-Vintage: Graham Beck Brut Rosé Best Rosé Vintage: Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2009 Best Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage: Colmant Brut Chardonnay [...]

September 17, 2013
by Christian
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Charles Fox Brut 2010

Predictably it’s Moët being drunk at Mangaung (see here) but there’s some smart new Cap Classique around for those of us less well connected. Charles Fox Brut 2010: 16.5/20 Approximate retail price: R215 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier. 24 months on the lees. From a new Elgin producer, this shows citrus and [...]

December 18, 2012
by Christian
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