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Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2012 vs KWV The Mentors Noble Late Harvest 2012

Sugar rush.

South Africa makes cracking botrytised wines but when to drink them? Sweet food with sweet wine is overwhelming all too often and I prefer the notion of pairing savoury foods with these wines, the theory being that the excellent acidities that these … [Read more...]

KWV The Mentors Pinotage 2011

Bit of a bruiser.

The Mentors Pinotage 2011 from KWV (R195 a bottle) won the trophy for best “major red varietal” at the recent Six Nations Wine Challenge as well as double gold at this year’s Veritas Awards. Two major achievements so I was curious to see if it … [Read more...]

KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – Darling vs. Stellenbosch

Compare and contrast.

In the case of the 2012 vintage, KWV will be releasing two versions of Sauvignon Blanc under its top-end The Mentors label. Tasting them next to each other certainly makes terroir more relevant than usual and as to which one you prefer will depend on … [Read more...]

KWV The Mentors Shiraz 2011 vs. KWV Abraham Perold Insignis 2011

Non-identical twins.

Recently KWV’s two top-end examples of Shiraz, The Mentors 2011 (R195 a bottle) and Abraham Perold Insignis 2011 (R600 a bottle). Drinking them side by side, I thought there was little to set them apart, both in terms of quality and style. The … [Read more...]

KWV The Mentors Chenin Blanc 2012


Slick in the best way: 65% Paarl, 35% Swartland grapes.  Various forms of vinfication – some spontaneous fermentation and some inoculated, some barrel maturation and some tank. Pear and white peach through to pineapple plus spice – good fruit … [Read more...]

Roodeberg 2011


Plenty of attention being attracted by KWV’s top-end The Mentors range but what of the big-volume Roodeberg  which retails for around R60 a bottle? The 2011 is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Shiraz, 11% Merlot and 9% “other”. It’s lightly … [Read more...]