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Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2012 vs KWV The Mentors Noble Late Harvest 2012

Sugar rush.

South Africa makes cracking botrytised wines but when to drink them? Sweet food with sweet wine is overwhelming all too often and I prefer the notion of pairing savoury foods with these wines, the theory being that the excellent acidities that these … [Read more...]

Boplaas Carel Nel 15 Years Reserve vs KWV 15 Year Old Alambic

Fire water.

It’s been a pleasure drinking two top brandies over the last while, namely Carel Nel 15 Years Reserve from Boplaas (R390 a bottle) and KWV 15 Year Old Alambic (R540). The rapier versus the broad sword, if you will. The Carel Nel 15 Years Reserve … [Read more...]

Ayama Blanc de Blancs 2008

Get your claws into them.

It’s an open secret that the bubblies from Ayama in the Voor Paardeberg have KWV input. I’m not sure how different they are from the Laborie stuff (the cap under the muselet bears “Taillefert” branding) but no matter as they are pretty smart and … [Read more...]

KWV The Mentors Pinotage 2011

Bit of a bruiser.

The Mentors Pinotage 2011 from KWV (R195 a bottle) won the trophy for best “major red varietal” at the recent Six Nations Wine Challenge as well as double gold at this year’s Veritas Awards. Two major achievements so I was curious to see if it … [Read more...]

Six Nations Wine Challenge 2013 results

Six Nations Wine Challenge

Results of this year’s Six Nations Wine Challenge between Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA have been announced. There are six judges, one from each participating country with Michael Fridjhon representing South … [Read more...]

KWV Abraham Perold Tributum 2011

Serious with a capital "S".

Results of the third annual Perold Absa Cape Blend Competition were announced recently and KWV’s ultra-premium Abraham Perold Tributum 2011 (R600 a bottle) was among the five winners, repeating the feat of the 2010 last year. There were 45 wines … [Read more...]