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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
with 5 Comments

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
with 0 Comments

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
with 1 Comment

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
with 0 Comments

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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Uitkyk Shiraz 2010

It’s been my contention for a while now that the wineries which make up Cape Legends, the premium wine brand division of Distell, under-perform and none more so than the five Lusan-owned: Le Bonheur, Uitkyk, Stellenzicht, Alto and Neethlingshof. Our biggest producer-wholesaler should be leading from the front and I’m therefore happy to say I […]

October 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Stellenzicht Semillon Reserve 2009

At a lunch hosted by Stellenzicht on Friday, a chance to re-visit the Semillon Reserve 2009 (R100 a bottle). It showed form early on – I nominated this for 5 Stars in the 2012 edition of Platter’s but it ended up on 4½ Stars after it wasn’t endorsed by my colleagues – and I’m happy […]

August 17, 2014
by Christian
with 1 Comment
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