Distell’s head winemaker departs

Breaking news is that Distell’s head winemaker Razvan Macici has left the company with immediate effect. He took the position in July 2015 after having previously served as Nederburg winemaker since 2001. Asked for comment, he said he was “legally bound” not to go into detail – given that harvest is in full swing, it […]

March 10, 2017
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Tim James: On the potential of Ceres

“These are potentially some of the best winelands in the Cape”, says winemaker Chris Alheit about Ceres, that high-lying inland plateau better known for deciduous fruit, especially apples and pears. He says it both hopefully (because he has some infant vines there and further planting plans) and ruefully – because he knows that wine-grapes are […]

February 22, 2016
by Tim James
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Nederburg Paarl Cabernet Sauvignon 1975

“Nederburg has been built on two pillars: Sweet wine and Cabernet Sauvignon,” says Distell head winemaker and former Nederburg cellarmaster Razvan Macici before a closer look at one of those pillars in particular, a tasting spanning multiple decades of the winery’s top-end Cab: Selected 1966, Paarl 1975, Paarl 1987, Paarl 1997, II Centuries 2010 and […]

November 30, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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