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Die Stilte 2014

The new wave of wines from Cinsaut and Grenache present some interesting dichotomies – lightness vs heaviness, authenticity vs contrivance and precision vs (wilful) neglect but three. Die Stilte 2014 is a Swartland Grenache made by Konrad Raubenheimer, 11 months in oak none new. Wine Cellar price: R140 a bottle. It shows strawberry and red [...]

June 24, 2015
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Swerwer 2013

Swerwer 2013 is my go-to mid-week wine at the moment. Made by Jasper Wickens, part of the team at AA Badenhorst Family Wines, it’s an entirely smashable red blend, components being 60% Cinsault, 25% Grenache and 15% Syrah. Wickens describes his approach as “simple winemaking with minimum intervention” – we’re talking 100% whole bunch and [...]

October 29, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 4 Comments

Recipe: Boerewors

Whether we eat it at Umlazi shisa-nyamas or agricultural shows in Elliotdale, this coil of cholesterol brings us together. From Cape Town to Kakamas, it is impossible to imagine a school fête or sporting event without a boerewors-roll stall. Perhaps the ultimate boerewors king is Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Speaking at the 2007 inaugural National [...]

October 3, 2014
by Anna Trapido
with 0 Comments

Neil Ellis Grenache 2012

It was International Grenache Day this past Friday and to mark the occasion Neil Ellis Wines hosted a vertical tasting of its wine from this variety. Grapes come from a Piekenierskloof block planted in 1954 – bush vines, ungrafted and not irrigated. It’s 2.5ha and size and thanks to the “haasbek” (gaps in plantings were [...]

September 22, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Grenache 2013

Want further proof that Grenache is shaping is the next big thing when it comes to reds? Consider that The Winemaster’s Reserve Grenache made by Nederburg for Woolworths has gone from R59 a bottle for the 2010 vintage to R74.95 for the currently available 2013. That’s an increase of 27%, somewhat ahead of the 6.6% [...]

June 23, 2014
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Spice Route Grenache 2012

Further evidence how “on trend” Grenache is comes with the release of the maiden vintage 2012 (R90 a bottle) from Spice Route owned by the ever canny Charles Back. The wine comes from Swartland vineyards planted in 2008. Some of the fermentation occurred in tank and the rest in concrete and maturation lasted 15 months [...]

March 13, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Vriesenhof Grenache 2011

“Sophisticated and serious as well as easily delightful” writes colleague Tim James of the Grenache 2011 from Vriesenhof in the 2014 edition of Platter’s (before awarding it 4½ Stars) and I know what he means. It’s the kind of wine which doesn’t take over the evening but is just part of the evening, uplifting the [...]

March 6, 2014
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Domaine Grier Grenache 2010

The Griers of Villiera in Stellenbosch embarked on an international venture in 2006 when they invested in a small vineyard in the Roussillon region in the South of France and named Domaine Grier. Enamoured with local examples of Grenache at the moment, I was curious to try the property’s Grenache 2010 which they make for [...]

February 12, 2014
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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