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Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition 2016 winners

Results of the 20th annual Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition have just been announced, the winners as follows: Diemersdal Reserve 2015 Flagstone Writer’s Block 2014 Fleur du Cap Unfiltered 2014 Kanonkop 2010 Knorhoek Two Clubs 2015 KWV The Mentors 2013 L’Avenir Single Block 2014 Perdeberg The Dryland Collection 2014 Rijk’s Reserve 2013 Rooiberg Reserve 2015 […]

August 26, 2016
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Uva Mira The Mira Merlot 2014

Uva Mira is the Helderberg property owned by Toby Venter, CEO of Porsche South Africa, where Christian Coetzee, previously of KWV, is crafting some impressive wines. The Bordeaux-style red blend called O.T.V. 2014 rated 91 points in the RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards earlier this year so what of the single varietal Merlot and Cab […]

August 26, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Rousseau Grace Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Former Constantia Uitsig viticulturist and winemaker André Rousseau now makes some wine under his own label and has just released Grace Sauvignon Blanc 2016 named after his mother and selling for R105 a bottle. 70% of grapes are from Durbaville, 24% from Noordhoek and 6% from Grabouw, this latter portion being barrel fermented.   On the […]

August 26, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Swartland Limited Release Roussanne 2015

The marketing department at Swartland Winery might be over-reaching itself – the new wines from unusual varieties are pitched as “iconic” – but there’s nothing wrong with what’s actually in the bottle, at least when it comes to the Limited Release Roussanne 2015 which was sent for review (there is also a Mourvèdre and a […]

August 25, 2016
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2016 winners

Results of the third annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, are now out. There were 124 entries in total and the winning wines are as follows: Allée Bleue 2015 Bellingham The Bernard Series Old Vine 2015 Boschendal Sommelier Selection 2015 DeMorgeznon Reserve […]

August 24, 2016
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Spice Route Malabar 2012

Spice Route was acquired by Charles Back in the late 1990s out of conviction that the Swartland was utilised and the maiden vintage of this deluxe Rhône-style red blend was 2002, the 2012 the eighth to be released so evidently a few vintages declassified for whatever reason. The 2012 consists of 73% Syrah, 11% Mourvèdre, […]

August 24, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

The Old Vine Series Mev. Kirsten 2015

This wine is produced from Chenin Blanc vineyards in Stellenbosch considered to be the oldest in the country, having been planted during the years of 1905 to 1920. The 2015 is deep in colour, the nose showing white and yellow peach, naartjie and orange, bee’s wax and honey plus a little earthiness. The palate is […]

August 24, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Just how much trouble is SA wine in?

Where were the representatives from the big producer-wholesalers at last night’s second annual Ex Animo Address? The event, organised by David and Jeanette Clarke who own a wine agency by the same name was held at Joostenberg Bistro outside Stellenbosch and saw the acclaimed Rosa Kruger speaking on viticulture, Mulderbosch winemaker Adam Mason on the […]

August 24, 2016
by Christian
with 5 Comments
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