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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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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
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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
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The North Coast wine scene

Just back from a family holiday to the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast and I was reminded once again how fragile the domestic wine culture is. Wine lists in restaurants are typically short and dominated by the fare offered by big distributors – it seemed to me that Meridian and Vinimark both have a good presence here [...]

July 16, 2014
by Christian
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Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

It’s hard not to view Stellenbosch cellar Alto as a victim of its own success. Take the red blend known as Rouge. Just under 400 000 litres produced annually, selling for R75 a bottle from the tasting room but often marked down by retailers to R55 a bottle – this according to Ross Sleet, marketing [...]

June 19, 2014
by Christian
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Alto Shiraz 2011

A bit like when your favourite indie band signs with a major record company, Stellenbosch property Alto lost a lot of its mystique when it came to be owned by Lusan Premium Wines (a joint venture between German financier Hans Schrieber and Distell). It’s apparently celebrating its 90th anniversary this year and the current-release wines [...]

March 26, 2014
by Christian
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