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2015 CWG Auction wines rated

The 31th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place at the Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch on Saturday, 3 October 2015. The line-up comprises a total of 55 different wines (34 red wines, 17 white wines, three Méthode Cap Classiques and a straw wine) and I recently attended a sighted pre-auction tasting. Stand-out wines as follows: [...]

August 17, 2015
by Christian
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Markets in the winelands

A round-up of some of the best markets in the Cape winelands. Blaauwklippen Family Market, Stellenbosch Sundays, 10am to 3pm Families are welcome! Expect arts, crafts, food and a chance to pet the farm animals. Buy something to eat and drink (no BYO) and relax on the lawns with a picnic blanket while listening [...]

December 4, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 2014 winners

The winners in the 2014 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition are as follows: Anura Reserve Unfiltered 2013 Boschendal 1685 Grand Vin Blanc 2014 Brampton 2014 Cape Point Vineyards Reserve 2013 Du Plevaux Private Collection 2014 (Imbuko) Hermit on the Hill The Infidel 2012 KWV The Mentors Darling 2013 Nederburg Arnold Graue The Young Airhawk [...]

October 22, 2014
by Christian
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Family-friendly wine farms

A decent glass of wine and a happy child needn’t be mutually exclusive. These are some of my favourite wine farms that are geared towards wine lovers with kids. Cape Point Vineyards, Noordhoek Wine fundis know Cape Point Vineyards for its superb Sauvignon Blanc Reserve and white blend called Isliedh but people also flock here [...]

October 8, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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Shannon Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2014

While some Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends present too much Sauvignon character, which is to say appear lean and green, the Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (R105 a bottle) which includes a portion of Semillon is arguably too rich and complex to be pitched as a single-variety wine. The amount of Semillon – 11% fermented spontaneously and [...]

September 24, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Cape Point Vineyards Noble Late Harvest 2011

Lunch on Friday at the Cape Point Vineyards restaurant where chef Clayton Bell previously of Constantia Uitsig now cooks. During our meal, winemaker Duncan Savage shared some thoughts on Sauvignon Blanc: “It’s is one of the most commercially successful varieties in the world. As such, it’s perceived as boring and let’s face it, tank-fermented Sauvignon [...]

August 26, 2014
by Christian
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Cape Point Vineyards Woolworths Exclusive Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012

“Sauvignon Blanc is extremely site specific. Many… are made from grapes grown in areas not wholly suitable, resulting in mediocre wines… (T)his wine is a superb example of a Sauvignon Blanc from the ideal terroir,” reads the back label of Cape Point Vineyards Woolworhths Exclusive Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012. You would however be wrong if [...]

February 6, 2014
by Christian
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Hermit on the Hill The White Knight 2009

On Sunday, a blind tasting exploring top-end Sauvignon Blanc. [Please note: This was a informal affair conducted among friends. The scores below are my own.] All wines from the 2009 vintage, all bar the Hermit on the Hill single property wines, some single variety and others Sauvignon-dominated blends, some unwooded and others wooded. What insights? [...]

October 15, 2013
by Christian
with 6 Comments
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