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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
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Editor Christian Eedes selects the most exciting wines he’s reviewed this year. WINE OF THE YEAR: Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2013 From ungrafted Chenin Blanc vines, the most profound modern-era South African wine yet. Read original review here. – – – A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2011 Adi Badenhort’s cultivated eccentricity possibly gets in the […]

December 8, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Christmas in the winelands

Why not make this Christmas holiday a real holiday and allow someone else to do the cooking and washing up? The Cape winelands has a plethora of restaurants offering Christmas Eve dinners and Christmas day lunches. Set menus, buffets, foodie experiences, home-style traditional cooking – it’s all here. Backsberg, Klapmuts Christmas lunch: R470 per person […]

October 23, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction 2014 raises over R7 million for charity

The inaugural 2014 AfrAsia Bank Cape Wine Auction, which took place on Saturday at Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch saw R7.045 million was raised for education in the Cape winelands with beneficiaries comprising the Pebbles Project, the MAD Charity and the Click Foundation. The role the undertaking plays in building the South African wine nrand […]

March 18, 2014
by Christian
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Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2012

During the course of conversation with a colleague recently, I suggested that for all the excellence on show at the top end of the Chenin Blanc category, the variety went largely unappreciated by the average wine drinker and therefore the much touted renaissance begun some 15 years ago could be said to have failed. My […]

October 14, 2013
by Christian
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Delaire Graff Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011

Delaire Graff winemaker Morné Vrey is feeling pretty chuffed at the moment after his Chardonnay 2012 and Port-style  Cape Vintage 2011 won double gold medals at this year’s Veritas Awards. I tasted the entire portfolio yesterday and the Chardonnay is indeed good while the Cape Vintage is excellent if at least 10 years off being […]

October 8, 2013
by Christian
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