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The Blacksmith Vin Noir 2015

Tremayne Smith, who had a stint at Mullineux & Leeu before moving to Fable Mountain Vineyards, also makes his own wines under The Blacksmith label. Tasting notes and scores for the current releases as follows: The Blacksmith Chenin Blanc 2015 Wine Cellar price: R155 Appears both reductive AND oxidative – a bit stinky on the […]

September 24, 2016
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Talking Cinsaut

How prominently is Cinsaut set to feature in the South African wine industry’s future? Yesterday, a panel discussion and tasting of some leading examples jointly hosted by Wine Cellar and WOSA (watch here). Based on my experience of the modern incarnations, it seems that it generally makes “smashable” wines – it is very much on […]

September 23, 2016
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How bankrupt is SA wine?

For all the advances in wine quality the South African wine industry has made in the last 20 years or so, there’s currently a not-so-latent anxiety about a lack of profitability. According to national industry body, VinPro, 30% of the country’s wine producers are loss-making, 49% are low profit and 6% break even. Only 15% […]

September 22, 2016
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Vrede en Lust Artisan Range Casey’s Ridge Syrah 2013

The Buys family of Vrede en Lust acquired Elgin property Casey’s Ridge in 2005 and this now seems to be coming in to its own. The Barrique 2014 scored 91 on the 100-point quality scale in the recent RisCura White Hot Wine Awards and the current-release Artisan Range Casey’s Ridge Syrah 2013 is very good, […]

September 22, 2016
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GlenWood Grand Duc Noblesse NV

The Grand Duc Noblesse NV from GlenWood outside Franschhoek is a wine modelled on Sauternes. From Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, extensive effort was made to ensure that only botrytis-infected grapes were used, fermentation occurring spontaneously before maturation in 225-litre French oak barrels, 100% new. Non-vintage, it incorporates both the 2013 and 2014 harvests. On the […]

September 21, 2016
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2016 CWG Auction wines rated

The 32nd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place at the Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch on Saturday, 1 October. There are 52 wines on offer and I attended a blind tasting held for the media yesterday. Ratings as follows: 96 Sijnn Wines /awa 2014 (David Trafford) WO Malgas. 62% Syrah, 38% Mourvèdre. Very fragrant aromatics […]

September 20, 2016
by Christian
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Nederburg Auction 2016 sales figures

Total sales were just under R7.6 million for 10 506 litres of wine at this year’s Nederburg Auction – average price per litre equating to R740, an all-time record surpassing the previous high of R597 achieved in 2014. Tsogo Sun was the top buyer, with a total spend of just over R1 million, followed by […]

September 19, 2016
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Forrester Vineyards signs major international partnership deal

Forrester Vineyards Pty. Ltd has signed a partnership deal with AdVini, a French wine distribution company listed on the Paris stock exchange. This will open up new markets to the brand. AdVini has acquired a significant share of the Ken Forrester wine brand.  Ken Forrester will remain as Chief Executive Officer to manage the business. […]

September 16, 2016
by Christian
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