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Top five wines of May 2016

Here are our most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Boplaas Cape Tawny Bin 1880 – 94 (read original review here) Delaire Graff Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013 – 94 (read original review here) Spier Woolworths Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 […]

June 1, 2016
by Christian
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The state of South African wine label design

Does South African wine packaging reflect the excellence of what most commentators agree is now appearing in the bottle? The second annual Wine Label Design Awards sponsored by Rotolabel and convened by were announced last night (full resuls HERE) and the feeling among the judges (Rebecca Constable of Woolworths, designers Sean Harrison of Whitespace […]

February 26, 2016
by Christian
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Results of the Wine Label Design Awards 2016

Results of the second annual Wine Label Design Awards proudly sponsored by Rotolabel were announced earlier this evening at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town. The competition seeks to reward the best design and packaging for bottled wine made in South Africa and judging criteria include originality of concept, execution, shelf appeal and effectiveness as […]

February 24, 2016
by Christian
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Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2015 winners

Results of the second annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, are now out. There were 145 entries in total and the winning wines are as follows: Aeternitas Wines 2010 Price: R120 Boutinot Tea Leaf 2014 Price: R74 DeMorgenzon Reserve 2014 Price: R210 […]

August 28, 2015
by Christian
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Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013

Yesterday I presented a tasting for five novice wine enthusiasts. Three pairs of wines chosen to be as stylistically as far apart as possible: Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2014 vs Simonsig Chenin Avec Chêne 2010, Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013 and Knorhoek Pantére Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 vs Guardian Peak Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon […]

July 30, 2015
by Christian
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Simonsig Tiara 2011

If you launch a single-variety Cabernet Sauvignon at R1 375 a bottle as Simonsig did recently in the shape of The Garland 2008, what does it say about your flagship Bordeaux-style red blend? “Cabernet Sauvignon has to come from the right address,” says cellarmaster Johan Malan. “It’s got a long list of requirements [to be […]

June 26, 2015
by Christian
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Simonsig The Garland 2008

How to break the glass ceiling which exists when it comes to the price of South Africa’s top-end wines? Most critics agree that we are now making wine comparable in quality to just about anything in the world and yet our wines still sell at a significant discount. One tactic producers seem to be employing […]

June 15, 2015
by Christian
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Top 100 SA Wines 2015 – Results

Results of the Top 100 SA Wines 2015 competition convened by Robin von Holdt of and chaired by Tim Atkin MW were announced last night. According to the official media release, there were 500 entries from 140 wineries. White wines enjoyed a total listing of 38, red wines 52, Natural Sweet four, Cap Classique […]

April 16, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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