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The Old Vine Series Pofadder 2014

“This bottle of wine celebrates a grape that poses many challenges in the vineyard and in the cellar and keeps us humble” reads the back label of Pofadder 2014, the Swartland Cinsault in Eben Sadie’s Die Ouwingerdreeks (The Old Vine Series). Plenty of berry fruit (cherries, wild strawberries) plus some black olive, fynbos and earth. [...]

August 31, 2015
by Christian
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Silwervis 2014

Charging R275 a bottle might not be a lot in an international context but it’s still ambitious by local standards, especially if it’s for a single-variety Cinsaut but that’s precisely what Ryan Mostert has done with his Silwervis 2014. Is it worth the money? The aromatics are very floral with notes of red geranium and [...]

July 23, 2015
by Christian
with 15 Comments

Tim James: Thinking about Cabernet and Cinsaut

I had an interesting discussion at the Neil Ellis winery last Friday, waiting for the start of a tasting (including a new, fine and expensive wine called Webb Ellis 2010 – of which more some other time). In the first place, the chat involved me being a little more gung-ho about Stellenbosch wine in general [...]

June 1, 2015
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

Paradyskloof Pinot Noir Cinsaut Pinotage 2011

“Fridge reds” – lighter bodied wines from dark-coloured varieties you can serve from the fridge when the ambient temperature is high are a growing phenomenon and Vriesenhof of Stellenbosch has come up with an interesting new wine which falls into this category. 2014 is the 30th anniversary of the second-tier Paradyskloof range and to celebrate [...]

October 9, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

Recipe: Boerewors

Whether we eat it at Umlazi shisa-nyamas or agricultural shows in Elliotdale, this coil of cholesterol brings us together. From Cape Town to Kakamas, it is impossible to imagine a school fête or sporting event without a boerewors-roll stall. Perhaps the ultimate boerewors king is Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Speaking at the 2007 inaugural National [...]

October 3, 2014
by Anna Trapido
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Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault 2013

The 2013 vintage of Seriously Cool Cinsault is the same smashable vein as the maiden 2012 (see here) if a teeny-weeny bit not as tight and focused. Grapes from Helderberg bush vines more than 40 years old, vinfication involving spontaneous, whole-bunch fermentation and nine months of maturation in 600-litre oak barrels, a combination of second- [...]

September 17, 2014
by Christian
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Collaboration Cinsaut 2011

This wine (approximate retail price R105) is a collaborative effort between and winemaker Louis Nel of Louis Wines and chefs Craig Cormack and Bertus Basson, and winemaker Louis Nel. Look out for the hidden suitcase on the label –  think Afrikaans and you’ll aprreciate the homage to the wine that has most famously featured Cinsaut [...]

November 22, 2013
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsaut 2012

The Seriously Cool Cinsaut from Waterkloof in Somerset West (R95 a bottle) is another wine which lends momentum to the revival of this variety we seem to be witnessing. From Helderberg bushvines planted in 1964 and 1974, the wine underwent spontaneous whole-bunch ferment and it was matured for nine months in 600-litre oak barrels. “Drink [...]

November 18, 2013
by Christian
with 10 Comments
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