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The new Pinotage

From the February issue of Decanter: Those keeping a close watch on the South African wine scene will have noted the very fine own-label wines of David and Nadia Sadie, the couple at the forefront of the new generation winemakers. Sadie, aged 31, recently took up a position at the Swartland property Paardebosch. There’s a […]

February 4, 2016
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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Longridge Pinotage 2013

Is Pinotage becoming fashionable again after the wilderness years? At the very least, it’s no longer the butt of wine geek jokes (that falls to Merlot) and it’s wines like that from Longridge that show the way forward. Fermentation occurred spontaneously and maturation lasted 20 months in a combination of first- through fourth-fill barrels. Red […]

October 30, 2015
by Christian
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Southern Right Pinotage 2014

“2014 was a lighter vintage and Pinotage plays well to this,” says Anthony Hamilton Russell, co-owner of the Southern Right brand, his point being that given the variety’s abundant fruit and firm tannins, less can be more. If the 2013 vintage with its 20% new oak and 14.21% abv was just a bit foursquare (see […]

October 7, 2015
by Christian
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Paardebosch Pinotage 2014

David Sadie of Swartland property Paardebosch says he’s “not looking within South Africa for inspiration” when it comes to making Pinotage. He typically finds local examples too dour and uses a rugby analogy: “As a young player, you can model yourself on either the Springboks or the All Blacks. In New Zealand, ball skills are prized and you have to […]

September 13, 2015
by Christian
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Finalists for Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards 2015 reviewed

An extraordinarily gracious reception by De Wet Viljoen, cellarmaster of Neethlingshof in Stellenbosch, and also vice-chairman of the Pinotage Association who today laid on a blind tasting of the 20 finalists in this year’s Absa Top 10 Pinotage Awards. Here’s how I rated the line-up: 94 Windmeul Reserve 2014 Price: R100 Red and black fruit, […]

September 9, 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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Interview: Bruce Jack of Flagstone

From the August issue of Business Day WANTED: It was back in 1998 that Bruce Jack, now 46, founded Flagstone as a “virtual winery” with facilities initially located at the Waterfront in Cape Town. He was later to give up ownership (although staying on as winemaker) in order to become consultant on mega export brand […]

August 11, 2015
by Christian
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