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Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2015 winners

Results of the second annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, are now out. There were 145 entries in total and the winning wines are as follows: Aeternitas Wines 2010 Price: R120 Boutinot Tea Leaf 2014 Price: R74 DeMorgenzon Reserve 2014 Price: R210 [...]

August 28, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: SA legends vs the world

A most remarkable tasting was held in Cape Town last Friday evening. Some 15 people paid quite a bit of money to sit down at a table at Aubergine restaurant and work though five pairs of wines – one South African and one foreign in each pair. The oldest two wines were from 1948, the [...]

July 27, 2015
by Tim James
with 7 Comments

KWV The Mentors Grenache Blanc 2010

Yesterday a bottle of Mentors Grenache Blanc 2010 from KWV. It was one of my top 12 wines of 2011 and it seems it’s only getting better in bottle. First, a remark about the colour which is still remarkably youthful being pale yellow with a green tinge. As for aromas and flavours, it showed citrus, [...]

June 29, 2015
by Christian
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Veritas Awards 2014 results

The results of the 24th annual Veritas Awards were announced lasting night, KWV the most successful producer for the fourth consecutive year winning  7 double gold and 10 gold medals, Spier coming second with 7 double gold and 6 gold medals followed by Nederburg with 6 double gold and 10 gold medals. KWV also reigned [...]

October 5, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 2 Comments

KWV Perold Insignis 2012

Yesterday I joined Richard Rowe, former chief winemaker and now brand ambassador for KWV, current chief winemaker Johann Fourie plus two other members of the winemaking team namely Louwritz Louw and Izelle van Blerk in a blind tasting to benchmark wines from their Mentors range against top performing wines from this year’s Old Mutual Trophy [...]

September 23, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 4 Comments

Decanter World Wine Awards 2014: Results

The Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 have just been announced. The competition attracted 15 007 entries and the following South African wines featured: International Trophies Bordeaux Varietals under £15 – Hartenberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Chardonnay over £15 – Jordan Chardonnay 2013 Sauvignon Blanc under £15 – Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Sweet under £15 – [...]

June 24, 2014
by Christian
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KWV The Mentors Verdelho 2013

Yesterday KWV The Mentors new vintage launch at The Test Kitchen in Woodstock. The company was best producer at Veritas in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as well at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2012 and again this year thanks in large part to the wines that are emerging under The Mentors label and the [...]

June 20, 2014
by Christian
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KWV Classic Collection Cape Pale Dry

If Jerez de la Frontera can’t get people to drink Sherry nor Porto Port, then why does KWV think it’s time to place more emphasis on its fortifieds? “We keep on winning all these awards and consumers don’t understand why,” says Charlene Engels, global brand manager at KWV wines – most recently KWV White Muscadel [...]

June 13, 2014
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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