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Diemersdal Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The Reserve Sauvignon Blanc from Durbanville property Diemersdal is priced at R100 a bottle compared to the standard label at R60 and the Eight Rows at R125 but the 2015 is hardly “mid-range”. From an 11 year old vineyard planted at 450m above sea level, the wine spent four months on the lees post fermentation. […]

April 21, 2016
by Christian
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Diemersdal Wild Horseshoe Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Are skin fermented white wines the next big thing? These are made like red wines with the skins present during the fermentation and Thys Louw of Diemersdal in Durbanville has just added one from Sauvignon Blanc to his already extensive range from this variety. Grapes come from a block planted in 1982 and the juice […]

April 21, 2016
by Christian
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Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc, a vineyard selection from Diemersdal in Durbanville, is usually something pretty special so how is the wine from the much vaunted 2015 vintage showing? The nose shows lime, an attractive herbal note and some talcum-powder like dustiness. One the palate, there’s good fruit purity and fresh acidity – it’s really […]

January 19, 2016
by Christian
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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 as made in South Africa 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 […]

August 5, 2015
by Christian
with 7 Comments 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
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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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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
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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
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