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Orange River Cellars Red Muscadel 2013

Muscadel from Northern Cape producer Orange River Cellars has been there or there abouts for a while now – near-desert-like conditions offset by irrigation from that river tends to full and delicious ripeness in the wines. The 2012 vintage of the Red won the trophy for best in category at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine […]

July 26, 2015
by Christian
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Leeuwenkuil Cinsault 2014

I’m firmly in the pro-Cinsau(l)t camp but after tasting the Cinsault 2014 from Swartland producer Leeuwenkuil which won the trophy for best niche red variety at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show yesterday, I think there is a danger of pushing the variety too far, too fast. The Leeuwenkuil is a smart enough wine […]

June 19, 2015
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Interview: British wine expert Steven Spurrier

From the June issue of Business Day WANTED: “Living legend” is one of those terms often applied too loosely but in the world of wine that is exactly what Steven Spurrier is. He is the man behind the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 (or the “Judgment of Paris” as it came to be known), an […]

June 12, 2015
by Christian
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Fleur du Cap Shiraz 2013

There were a few eyebrows raised when the R79-a-bottle Fleur du Cap Shiraz 2013 won not only best in class but also best red wine overall at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, emerging ahead of some pretty big names. So what’s the deal? Grapes were sourced predominantly from Cape Agulhas; maturation lasted 12 […]

June 5, 2015
by Christian
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Spier Frans K Smit 2009

Stylistic trends may well be overtaking the Frans K Smit, the top-end red blend from Spier. Maiden vintage being 2004, the winemaking approach has always been particularly brazen with highly concentrated fruit and lashings of new oak and this worked for a while with both the 2005 and 2006 being rated 5 Stars in Platter’s. […]

June 4, 2015
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013

Bar a 5 Star-rating in Platter’s, the Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2013 from Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch has picked up just about every accolade possible for a wine: it recently won grand gold as well as being declared best white wine overall at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles while its achievements last year included gold […]

June 1, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2015 results

Results of the fourteenth annual Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show were announced earlier today. Old Mutual Trophy for Most Successful Producer Overall Rustenberg Wines Trophy for Best Shiraz, Old Mutual Trophy for Best Red Wine Overall Fleur du Cap Shiraz 2013 Grande Roche Trophy for Best White Blend, Old Mutual Trophy for the Best White […]

May 27, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 10 Comments

Axe Hill Cape Vintage Port 2006

If I’ve been asked once, I’ve been asked a thousand times: “I’m a proud father! What wine can I buy of birthyear to serve at offspring’s 21st birthday?” And my answer always is Calitzdorp Port-style wines (and Bredell’s when that cellar was still in business). On a whim, I opened a bottle of Axe Hill […]

May 21, 2015
by winemagc-ca
with 0 Comments
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