Two very prominent positions are open in the winelands – who’s going to fill them?

It’s been a helluva year for Tokara so far – the single best achiever at the 10 Year Old Wine Awards announced in April with three out of the 19 wines to rate 90-plus on the 100-point scale (these being the Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Chardonnay 2007 and Director’s Reserve Red 2007); the Reserve 2013 […]

June 8, 2017
by Christian
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Distell’s head winemaker departs

Breaking news is that Distell’s head winemaker Razvan Macici has left the company with immediate effect. He took the position in July 2015 after having previously served as Nederburg winemaker since 2001. Asked for comment, he said he was “legally bound” not to go into detail – given that harvest is in full swing, it […]

March 10, 2017
by Christian
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Where does SA fit in the American market?

The USA is the world’s largest wine consuming nation so understanding the complexities of this market is important for a local producer-wholesaler like Distell. Yesterday, Niel Bester, winemaker at Plaisir de Merle, the Paarl property owned by Distell, hosted a tasting featuring his wines up against US counterparts picked by the Distell’s US agent Terlato […]

March 1, 2016
by Christian
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Nederburg Paarl Cabernet Sauvignon 1975

“Nederburg has been built on two pillars: Sweet wine and Cabernet Sauvignon,” says Distell head winemaker and former Nederburg cellarmaster Razvan Macici before a closer look at one of those pillars in particular, a tasting spanning multiple decades of the winery’s top-end Cab: Selected 1966, Paarl 1975, Paarl 1987, Paarl 1997, II Centuries 2010 and […]

November 30, 2015
by Christian
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Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chenin Blanc 2014

Though the gap between South Africa’s top-end white and red wines may be diminishing, it’s still there as evidenced by two new releases under the Fleur du Cap Unfiltered label from producer-wholesaler Distell. Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chenin Blanc 2014 Vinotèque price: R115 50% of the grapes from 30-year-old vineyard in Paarl, fermented and matured […]

October 14, 2015
by Christian
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David Bristow: A Gambler’s Life – Bill Winshaw

At a tasting some years ago, a wine luminary said to a group of avid admirers: “Wine farming is such a gamble it’s a wonder the Lord allows it all.” This is the story of an ardent gambler who put much wine, and other tipples besides, on our tables. If ever you’ve sipped a glass […]

July 16, 2015
by David Bristow
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Winemaking changes at Distell

After a 15 vintages at Nederburg, cellarmaster Razvan Macici has been appointed Distell’s head winemaker, a newly-created role overseeing style and quality across the company’s entire wine portfolio and also involving being a roving wine ambassador. Macici’s move, effective from July 1, will result in other changes, Andrea Freeborough will succeed Macici. She returns to […]

June 5, 2015
by Christian
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Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2014

I sometimes despair at how lacklustre the wines of our major producer-wholesaler Distell are  but there’s nothing wrong with the Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (approximate retail price: R100 a bottle). Indeed, it’s as fine an example of reductively made, clean and fresh Savvy you could hope to find. From a combination of […]

November 25, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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