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SA wine corporates in the spotlight

“It’s one thing to make 4 000 litres of high quality wine and another altogether to make 40 000 litres,’ observed Spier cellarmaster Frans Smit before a tasting of top-end Chenin Blanc and Pinotage as made by South Africa’s big wine companies, these being Bellingham The Bernard Series from DGB, Fleur du Cap Unfiltered from […]

December 14, 2015
by Christian
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Editor Christian Eedes selects his top 20 wines of the year based on quality, value, availability and excitement. Wine of the Year Sadie Family Wines Columella 2013 The most accomplished modern-era SA red yet. Read original review here. – – – AA Badenhorst Family Wines Ramnasgras Cinsault 2014 Can you expect greatness of single-variety Cinsault? […]

December 7, 2015
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Win a bottle of KWV 20 Year Old brandy and a Chocolat Frey hamper. The 20 Year Old brandy, worth R900 a bottle, is rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2016 while Chocolat Frey, founded in 1887 by brothers Robert and Max Frey, is number one in Switzerland. The hamper is worth R1 000. To enter, […]

December 6, 2015
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Diners Club Winemaker of the Year 2015

Announced last night: Young Winemaker of the Year: Philip Viljoen – Bon Courage Noble Late Harvest 2015 (category: any white wine) Winemaker of the Year: Johann Fourie – KWV The Mentors Pinotage 2013 (category: non-Bordeaux single varietal red wines excluding Shiraz)

November 22, 2015
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KWV The Mentors Grenache Blanc 2014

The Mentors range from KWV are nothing if not precise, this borne out by it being the most successful producer at Veritas five years running. The approach from the winemaking team is very technically correct (very low pHs on the whites and “optimal ripeness” on the reds) and the result is that the wines sometimes […]

November 13, 2015
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The Prescient Chardonnay Report 2015

The fifth annual Chardonnay Report sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 of South Africa’s most high-profile examples, either currently available or soon to be released, and then subjecting them to a blind tasting. Wines to rate 90 or higher on the 100-point quality […]

October 28, 2015
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Veritas Awards 2015 results

The results of the 25th annual Veritas Awards were announced lasting night, KWV the most successful producer for the fifth consecutive year winning  five double gold and seven gold medals, 1 763 wines and brandies  were entered including some from cellars outside South Africa.  Sauvignon blanc, with 229 entries,  was the largest class followed by […]

October 10, 2015
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KWV The Mentors Chenin Blanc 2014

“Do you agree with Tim Atkin’s scores?” was the question posed by the media release issued on behalf of KWV, many of the wines having been scored 90 points or more by the UK Master of Wine in his recent South Africa Special Report. An invitation was extended to pick any of the Mentors range […]

September 18, 2015
by Christian
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