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SA’s best luxury red wine?

Yesterday retailer Wine Cellar held its biannual "Luxury Red Taste-off”, 37 paying guests gathering in Cape Town and 32 in Johannesburg to blind taste...

Vilafonté Series M 2015

Established in 1996 and with first bottling in 2003, Vilafonté has been carefully positioned as a wine super-brand. There is some significant intellectual capital...

Cape Bordeaux Red Blend comparative tasting

To mark the upcoming launch of Series C 2015 from Vilafonté, a blind tasting was convened which would see it included in a line-up...

Shiner Syrah 2014

Vilafonté winemaker Martin Smith also makes some own-label wines, one of which being Shiner, which he describes as “all my trials of that year...

Vilafonté Series M 2013

Wines don’t come more luxuriously styled than those from Vilafonté, the Paarl property which sees Mike Ratcliffe, who also oversees Warwick in partnership with...

Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Cellar Selections 2015 – three SA wines

Three SA wines feature in the "Too 100 Cellar Selections 2015" of US publication Wine Enthusiast. These are: 62. De Toren Fusion V 2012 -...

Michael Fridjhon: How to fix Merlot

In the 1960s European and American electricity providers replaced coal-fired power stations with “clean” nuclear facilities. Fifty years later, the swing of the pendulum...

Paserene Marathon 2013

Paserene is the own label of Vilafonté winemaker Martin Smith, the series consisting of a Chardonnay (reviewed here) and a red blend called Marathon...