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Tim James: A new grenache vineyard on Skurfberg

It’s a long drive from Cape Town to get to Basie van Lill’s Skurfberg farm, Arbeidseind – but not a tedious one when Eben Sadie is there doing the driving … and a lot of the talking. It means a 6.30am start from Malmesbury, up the N7 with all its roadworks, turn-off at Clanwilliam onto […]

October 26, 2015
by Tim James
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The Old Vine Series Soldaat 2014

“Unlike the usual full-bodied style of Grenache, this wine rather displays the elegant characteristics of the grape,” reads the back label of Soldaat 2014, part of Eben Sadie’s Die Ou Wingerdreeks (The Old Vine Series). From a Piekenierskloof vineyard, the wine is restrained to the point of delicate. The nose shows wild strawberry, fynbos and […]

September 2, 2015
by Christian
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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