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Steenberg Merlot 2012

Steenberg winemaker JD Pretorius picked up double gold at Veritas for his Merlot 2011 earlier this year and then went on to win the Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year for his Merlot 2012. Pretorius is overseeing a shift away from the wine’s traditional “peppermint crisp character” to something a bit more subtle, both [...]

December 3, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Lomond SMV 2013

Gansbaai property Lomond recently released the maiden 2013 vintage of a Rhône-inspired blend consisting of 72% Shiraz, 12% Mourvèdre and 6% Viognier (approximate retail price: R115 a bottle). The nose shows top notes of flowers and fynbos to go with red fruit and spice while the palate is medium bodied with zippy acidity and tannins [...]

November 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Boland Wynkelder Muskadel 1994

Winner of a museum class gold at Veritas earlier this year, this Muskadel is now fully mature and drinking well. It has a cough syrup quality about it showing notes of burnt sugar and herbs. Smooth textured and quite fiery (abv 17.5%) but equally quite fresh. A steal at R95 a bottle from the tasting [...]

November 12, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Steenberg Merlot 2011

Is South Africa capable of gold medal/5 Star/93+ point Merlot? Constantia property Steenberg is currently boasting about the double gold it got for its Merlot 2011 at Veritas this year and I was more than a little curious to try it. Traditionally Merlot from Steenberg has been love-it-or-hate-it stuff on account of a pronounced minty [...]

October 14, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Veritas Awards 2014 results

The results of the 24th annual Veritas Awards were announced lasting night, KWV the most successful producer for the fourth consecutive year winning  7 double gold and 10 gold medals, Spier coming second with 7 double gold and 6 gold medals followed by Nederburg with 6 double gold and 10 gold medals. KWV also reigned [...]

October 5, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Rivendell Sauvignon Blanc 2012

It’s nearly August and judging for this year’s rounds of the Absa Top 10 Pinotage Competition and the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge are concluded, results to be announced shortly. The FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition seems to be taking a more laid-back approach, with entries still open until 3 September and [...]

July 27, 2014
by Christian
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KWV The Mentors Verdelho 2013

Yesterday KWV The Mentors new vintage launch at The Test Kitchen in Woodstock. The company was best producer at Veritas in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as well at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2012 and again this year thanks in large part to the wines that are emerging under The Mentors label and the [...]

June 20, 2014
by Christian
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Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2010

What stylistics predominate at the top-end of the South African Shiraz category? For a reference point, look no further than the 2010 vintage from Constantia property Eagles’ Nest – 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s plus, double gold at Veritas 2013 and 93 Parker Points. Matured for 16 months in French oak, 50% [...]

May 7, 2014
by Christian
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