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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Rijk’s Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2003

Do South Africa’s white wines mature with benefit? Later this week a tasting convened by the South African Sommelier Association and presented by Eben Sadie to address precisely this question. In the meantime, the Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2003 from Rijk’s in Tulbagh given to me by winemaker Pierre Wahl who thought it might just […]

October 13, 2015
by Christian
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2015 CWG Auction wines rated

The 31th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place at the Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch on Saturday, 3 October 2015. The line-up comprises a total of 55 different wines (34 red wines, 17 white wines, three Méthode Cap Classiques and a straw wine) and I recently attended a sighted pre-auction tasting. Stand-out wines as follows: […]

August 17, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: Some winelands myths debunked

Where do people find their strange ideas and fragments of historical misinformation? I daresay I have one or two cranky and mistaken notions of my own, but those, of course, aren’t making me raise an eyebrow (not to mention simultaneously scratch my forehead, heave a deep sigh and shrug my shoulders – it’s a physical […]

December 8, 2014
by Tim James
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Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2012

During the course of conversation with a colleague recently, I suggested that for all the excellence on show at the top end of the Chenin Blanc category, the variety went largely unappreciated by the average wine drinker and therefore the much touted renaissance begun some 15 years ago could be said to have failed. My […]

October 14, 2013
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2013 results

Results of the twelfth annual Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show were announced at the Mount Nelson hotel in Cape Town earlier today. TROPHY WINNERS Fairbairn Capital Trophy for Most Successful Producer Overall Stark-Condé Harold Eedes Trophy for Best Chenin Blanc, Old Mutual International Judges’ Trophy, Old Mutual Trophy for Best White Wine Overall Rijk’s Chenin […]

May 30, 2013
by Christian
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Rijk’s Private Cellar Fascination 2006

Rijk’s in Tulbagh is increasingly dedicated to Chenin Blanc when it comes to whites and Pinotage and Shiraz when it comes to reds but quite a few other wines have featured in the range in the past. Last night, Rijk’s Fascination 2006, a blend of 58% Semillon and 42% Sauvignon Blanc, WO Coastal. It was […]

February 6, 2013
by Christian
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Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition 2012 winners

The official list of  winners of the 16th annual Absa Top 10 competition is as follows: Altydgedacht 2011 Diemersdal 2011 Durbanville Hills Rhinofields 2011 Painted Wolf Guillermo 2009 Rijks Private Cellar 2008 Simonsig Redhill 2010 Spier 21 Gables 2010 Swartland Bush Vines 2010 Wellington Wines La Cave 2010 Windmeul Reserve 2011 Guests attending today’s awards […]

August 31, 2012
by Christian
with 7 Comments
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