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SA vs Californian Cabernet Sauvignon

A sign of the growing confidence among local winemakers is that they are more prepared to put their own wines up against the best from elsewhere in the world in an open forum than ever before. Yesterday, Razvan Macici, until now Nederburg cellarmaster but soon to be Distell’s head winemaker, hosted a benchmarking exercise which [...]

June 9, 2015
by Christian
with 7 Comments

Winemaking changes at Distell

After a 15 vintages at Nederburg, cellarmaster Razvan Macici has been appointed Distell’s head winemaker, a newly-created role overseeing style and quality across the company’s entire wine portfolio and also involving being a roving wine ambassador. Macici’s move, effective from July 1, will result in other changes, Andrea Freeborough will succeed Macici. She returns to [...]

June 5, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments

The Old Vine Series Skerpioen 2013 vs Nederburg Heritage Heroes The Anchorman 2012

Oh, but it’s not a competition the effete contend. All of life is, I would counter. Eben Sadie of Sadie Family Wines has now achieved global recognition as a winemaker while Razan Macici of Nederburg, while not exactly unknown, is hardly a wine-geek hero. Revolution from without or within is what’s at stake here. Do [...]

January 30, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

Nederburg The Beautiful Lady 2012

Recently a tasting of the new releases in Nederburg’s Heritage Heroes range, each wine commemorating a prominent figure in the Paarl cellar’s history. This range was launched for the first time about a year ago (see here) and then I was prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt. Now, however, I have to [...]

July 22, 2013
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Nederburg II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

With Tariro Masayiti having left the Nederburg winemaking team to start at KWV as of yesterday, former boss and Nederburg cellarmaster Razvan Macici admits that the year is not ending on a high note for him. However, last night’s party in the Presedential Suite of Cape Town’s Taj Hotel featuring some of Nederburg’s top wines [...]

December 2, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Nederburg Ingenuity Red 2008

Okay, I need to come clean: I’m as big a fan of Razvan Macici and his Nederburg winemaking team as anybody and I’m all for innovative blending but I just don’t get the top-end Ingenuity Red, which typically sees Sangiovese, Barbera and a dash of Nebbiolo in combination. Maiden vintage was 2005, and the wine [...]

September 27, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Nederburg II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Ingenuity is the pinnacle of the Nederburg range, right? Wrong. Nederburg II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 has recently crept onto the market at R400 a bottle, with a wooded Sauvignon Blanc 2009 to follow (apparently set to sell at around R200 a bottle). Nederburg cellarmaster Razvan Macici relates that the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were sourced [...]

July 19, 2011
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Nederburg Private Bin D252 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009

I’m not one to dismiss single-variety Sauvignon Blanc as inherently inferior à la some of our more high-profile critics and anybody making wine in the Swartland but I have to say that the Nederburg Private Bin D252 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009 as the only white blend did shade just about all of the eight examples [...]

July 19, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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