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RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards 2015 results

Results of the inaugural RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends are now out. 85 entries from 64 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 or higher were as follows: 92 [...]

August 5, 2015
by Christian
with 7 Comments

Winemag.co.za Top 20 Wines 2014

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
with 2 Comments

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
with 1 Comment

Diemersdal Shiraz 2013

Supper last night at The Local Grill in Woodstock, an affiliate of Parktown North operation that has won the The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships two years running. My Greenfields free-range 300g sirloin with shoestring chips (R169) and Bearnaise sauce (R31) and beer-battered onions (R31) was good, so good that it ideally deserved a better wine list. [...]

August 22, 2014
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Just when it appeared Klein Constantia were running away with the game when it comes to top-end Sauvignon Blanc, Thys Louw of Diemersdal produces an a superlative Eight Rows 2014 (R130 a bottle). It’s a complex but elusive wine. Guava, lime, white peach, white pepper, talcum powder, perhaps a hint of gunsmoke. Cucumber is about [...]

August 9, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Diemersdal Grüner Veltliner 2013

Why Grüner Veltliner, Austria’s signature white wine grape? “Because I personally like it,” says Thys Louw of Durbanville property Diemersdal. And so 3ha of vineyard were established in 2009,  the first and only plantings in the country, with the 2013 vintage being the first to be bottled. Floral perfume, some spice and a vague petrol-like [...]

August 9, 2014
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Diemersdal MM Louw Estate Red 2011

Top red from Durbanville? Not that surprising when you consider that supposedly the greatest red wines ever made in South Africa, the 1966 and 1968 vintages of GS Cabernet, originated from here. Yesterday the 2011 vintage of Diemersdal MM Louw Estate Red (R320 a bottle) served with a selection of excellent tapas enjoyed in the [...]

May 28, 2013
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Diemersdal MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Yesterday over lunch with Diemersdal winemaker Thys Louw, the current release of his flagship white, the MM Louw Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (R165 a bottle). The wine contains 7% Semillon and was fermented and matured for 10 months in 500-litre French oak barrels, 20% new. Very individual, it shows grapefruit, yellow apple and a note reminiscent [...]

May 28, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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