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Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition 2015 winners

The winners of the 19th annual Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition 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 2014

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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Kanonkop Pinotage 2003

As winter in Cape Town starts to really bite, a mild lamb and spinach curry for supper was called for. What to pair with it? Feeling in expansive mood, I opted for a bottle of Kanonkop Pinotage 2003. I think Pinotage drunk with curry works well – the great virtue of the variety is its [...]

July 16, 2015
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: The future of Pinotage?

Pinotage. The very mention strikes fear (or a dollop of disdain) into the hearts of many. And that’s a massive problem. No other varietal has stirred the level of controversy that Pinotage does in the local wine industry. Not even the Chenin Blanc epic – from lonely, shunned Steen to present-day darling of the wine [...]

July 2, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Beeslaar Pinotage 2013

The maiden 2012 vintage of the Pinotage made by Abrie Beeslaar of Kanonkop under his own “Beeslaar” label was rated 94/100 and was one of my top 10 wines of the year. How does the 2013 stack up? According to the official fact sheet, Beeslaar reckons the 2013 has “more finesse” than the 2012 but [...]

May 5, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Kanonkop Pinotage 1997

Ask professional commentators to nominate their top five South African wine producers and Kanonkop will be there almost without fail. Why? The Pinotage 1997 opened fairly idly last night to go with yoghurt chicken curry is edifying. Forest floor and marmite as you’d expect from a wine 18 years on from vintage but also a [...]

March 21, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Recipe: Pinotage and goji berry chutney

A light-bodied Pinotage makes an ideal match for a languorous afternoon of gossip garnished with crusty bread, cheese and chutney. Whether you are wishing to bring out the inherent sweetness in a tart mature cheddar, the creamy consistency of a blue cheese or the gentle nuttiness of an Emmenthal, a well-chosen Pinotage is the way [...]

March 18, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Radford Dale Frankenstein Pinotage 2014

A quiet revolution is happening when it comes to Pinotage. There will always be super-ripe, super-oaky examples on offer but increasingly we’re seeing wines made with much more lightness of touch and a prime example is the Frankenstein under The Winery of Good Hope’s Radford Dale label, the 2014 having just been released. From a [...]

March 11, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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