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The state of South African wine label design

Does South African wine packaging reflect the excellence of what most commentators agree is now appearing in the bottle? The second annual Wine Label Design Awards sponsored by Rotolabel and convened by Winemag.co.za were announced last night (full resuls HERE) and the feeling among the judges (Rebecca Constable of Woolworths, designers Sean Harrison of Whitespace […]

February 26, 2016
by Christian
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Kanonkop’s Abrie Beeslaar is IWSC Winemaker of the Year

During the International Wine & Spirit Competition awards banquet held last night in London, Kanonkop’s Abrie Beeslaar was announced as Winemaker of the Year, having previously won the title in 2008 as did his predecessor Beyers Truter in 1991. South Africa also won the following varietal trophies: Best Pinotage – Kanonkop 2012 Best Riesling – […]

November 27, 2015
by Christian
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Kanonkop Pinotage 2006

After tasting through a variety of rather poor new releases (no names, no pack drill), I lost patience and decided to open a bottle of Pinotage 2006 from Kanonkop in Stellenbosch, a wine which won Vertias double gold as well as placing among the Absa Top 10 in 2011. Despite an abv of 14.5% and […]

November 20, 2015
by Christian
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Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction 2015 sales figures

Sales at the 31th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction held yesterday amounted to R11 815 800 for 2 589 cases compared to R11 929 600 for 2 853 cases in 2013, average price per case amounting to R4 599, an increase of almost 10% year on year (average price per bottle being R767). Tsogo Sun was the biggest buyer […]

October 4, 2015
by Christian
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South Africa’s top six “iconic wine farms”

During a conversation over lunch yesterday, a winelands property agent asked me which South African wine farms I considered to be “iconic”. In 2011, self-made billionaire Zdenek Bakala and business associate Charles Harman acquired Klein Constantia for a reported R200 million and I guess the agent was asking what other properties would warrant that sort […]

September 21, 2015
by Christian
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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2014

There are a few South African wines which, regardless of vintage or particular rating, have become crucial reference points – Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh, Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay and Kanonkop Pinotage, for instance. Though the Beaumonts of Bot River go about their business in a quiet and unassuming way, their Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc is […]

September 17, 2015
by Christian
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Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition 2015 winners

Results of the 19th annual Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition were announced today. There were 154 entries in total and the winners are as follows: Altydgedacht 2013 Ayama 2013 Diemerdal Reserve 2014 Flagstone Writer’s Block Pinotage 2013 Groot Constantia Pinotage 2013 Kanonkop 2012 Neethlingshof 2014 Overhex Wines International Survivor 2014 Rijk’s Reserve 2011 Windmeul Reserve […]

August 28, 2015
by Christian
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Kanonkop Pinotage 2003

As winter in Cape Town starts to really bite, a mild lamb and spinach curry for supper was called for. What to pair with it? Feeling in expansive mood, I opted for a bottle of Kanonkop Pinotage 2003. I think Pinotage drunk with curry works well – the great virtue of the variety is its […]

July 16, 2015
by Christian
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