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RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards 2016 results

Results of the second annual RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends as made in South Africa are now out. 59 entries from 46 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of site) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Wines to rate 90 points […]

June 22, 2016
by Christian
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Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve 2015

The 2014 vintage of Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve from Delaire Graff just won gold at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show so what of the much heralded 2015 vintage? From 30– to 40-year-old vines, grapes were fermented and matured in French oak, 60% in 400-litre barrels and 40% in 2 500-litre foudre, no batonage […]

June 5, 2016
by Christian
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Top five wines of May 2016

Here are our most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Boplaas Cape Tawny Bin 1880 – 94 (read original review here) Delaire Graff Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013 – 94 (read original review here) Spier Woolworths Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 […]

June 1, 2016
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Top six wines of March 2016

Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – 93 (read original review here) Donkiesbaai Steen 2015 – 93 (read original review here) Elemental Bob Cosmic Hand White 2015 – 93 (read original […]

April 2, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Delaire Graff Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc 2015 from Delaire Graff won gold at this year’s Concours Mondial du Sauvignon Blanc, the third time this wine has done so in the competition’s seven-year history. It’s smart stuff. Grapes were sourced from Stellenbosch, Durbanville, Darling and Franschhoek and the final wine includes a 5% portion of Semillon, fermented […]

March 25, 2016
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Delaire Graff Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve 2014

The Chenin Blanc Swartland Reserve 2014 from Delaire Graff is a slow burner. From unirrigated bush vines 30 to 40 years in age, it was matured in a combination of 2 500-litre foudre and 400 litre barrels for 10 months. The nose initially appears very closed but with time in glass, notes of citrus and […]

January 11, 2016
by Christian
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Interview: Kathryn Rae – Indochine Restaurant Wine Stewardess

How did you become interested in wine? A boy. Need I say more? I used to date someone who worked in the Oenology lab at Stellenbosch University for extra credit and when he travelled to farms to gather samples, I would end up speaking to winemakers, farm labourers, restaurant and hotel staff and so on. […]

May 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
with 1 Comment
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