Does South Africa have a signature red grape?

It might not have been that clear cut 20 years ago but Chenin Blanc is now pretty much established as South Africa’s signature white grape – we have by far the largest plantings of any wine producing country and it allows us to make wines of high quality but also not easily imitated in terms […]

February 16, 2017
by Christian
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Hunter Valley vs SA Shiraz

Today saw a comparative tasting of Hunter Valley and South African Shiraz, 12 top examples of each, held in Fresnaye, Cape Town. Out of the 24 wines tasted, South Africa took the top five places, with a further two in the top 10. The event was undertaken partly as an exercise in self-education, partly as […]

September 6, 2016
by Christian
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Michael Fridjhon: Cab vs Shiraz – which will prevail?

I arrived recently at what turned out to be a BYO restaurant (there are still a few about) located quite close to an Ultra Liquors suburban store, so I went to the off-licence to find something suitable. There was a pretty impressive selection – so choosing was actually more difficult than I imagined it would […]

January 27, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
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Thelema Shiraz 2012

Does an 89-point rating sell wine? It should in the case of the Shiraz 2012 from Stellenbosch property Thelema. Winemaking practices involved no whole-bunch, careful extraction and relatively modest oaking – matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, 40% new. It shows red and black fruit, pepper and spice plus a hint of liquorice. […]

October 8, 2015
by Christian
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Saxenburg Shiraz Select 2003

The Shiraz Select 2003 from Stellenbosch property Saxenburg was rated 5 Stars in the 2007 edition of Platter’s and it remains a pretty smart bottle of wine. Matured for 24 months in all new oak, equal parts French and American, it contains small percentages of Cab and Merlot. The wine currently shows red and black […]

July 11, 2015
by Christian
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De Grendel Shiraz 2013

De Grendel Shiraz is a wine that should be on every pizzeria wine list around the country. I’ve liked it ever since the 2010 got gold at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2012 and the 2013 doesn’t disappoint. It’s a combination of pretty much equal parts Durbanville, Paarl and Stellenbosch grapes and it […]

May 22, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2012

Stuart Botha, winemaker at Eagles’ Nest in Constantia, says his Shiraz 2012 is the best wine he’s ever made and given his fine track record with the variety, his comment does heighten expectations just a little. Because of Eagles’ Nest’s location in relatively maritime Constantia, you might be inclined to expect the Shiraz to be […]

April 23, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: Grape variety of the year

I was wondering if I could find the energy, in the midst of late-year-in-Cape-Town torpor, to rustle up a list of my top local wines of the year… An alternative occurred to me: grape variety/style of the year. The answer to that is easy: shiraz/syrah. It’s not a revolution in wine-critical thought, of course, to […]

December 23, 2014
by Tim James
with 1 Comment
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