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Comtesse Alexia Rosé Champagne

Call me sentimental but I can’t help drinking pink Champagne with my sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. Woolies came up trumps this year – Comtesse Alexia Rosé Champagne from Alexandre Bonnet. Price per bottle: R349.95. Coral pink in colour. Raspberry, some Pinot Noir earthiness and a hint of reduction on the nose. Really intense on the [...]

February 14, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Wine trends for 2015

It’s the end of the year which brings with it awkward office parties, dysfunctional family holidays and endless predictions of what the next year will hold across all fields of endeavour. Since nobody really has any idea what the future holds, looking back on these in twelve months down the line often leads to a [...]

December 22, 2014
by David Cope
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Tim James: Torres Viña Sol – delicious and different

Luckily for those of us wine lovers with pockets in which the exchange-rate rand is getting prohibitively light, there’s plenty of local stuff to provide pleasure, interest and even excitement. Though some of it is not exactly cheap (except by international standards) and some is now getting hard to find. Neither price nor rarity has [...]

November 25, 2014
by Tim James
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Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Grenache 2013

Want further proof that Grenache is shaping is the next big thing when it comes to reds? Consider that The Winemaster’s Reserve Grenache made by Nederburg for Woolworths has gone from R59 a bottle for the 2010 vintage to R74.95 for the currently available 2013. That’s an increase of 27%, somewhat ahead of the 6.6% [...]

June 23, 2014
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Radford Dale Woolworths Syrah Reserve 2012

There’s much to like about the Syrah Reserve 2012 from Radford Dale made exclusively for Woolworths. Stylistically, it’s new wave exhibiting fruit more than oak, not being too heavily extracted and possessing a moderate alcohol of 13.5%. From Helderberg vineyards, the wine underwent spontaneous fermentation and was matured for 16 months in 300-litre and 500-litre [...]

May 22, 2014
by Christian
with 13 Comments

The Winery of Good Hope Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2013

That The Winery of Good Hope believes in Chenin Blanc as a variety is demonstrated by the fact that they currently offer four different versions, these being Radford Dale Renaissance, Land of Hope Reserve, Vinum and The Winery of Good Hope Bush Vine. The latter is now available from retail chain Woolworths and at R54.95 [...]

March 24, 2014
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Cape Point Vineyards Woolworths Exclusive Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012

“Sauvignon Blanc is extremely site specific. Many… are made from grapes grown in areas not wholly suitable, resulting in mediocre wines… (T)his wine is a superb example of a Sauvignon Blanc from the ideal terroir,” reads the back label of Cape Point Vineyards Woolworhths Exclusive Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012. You would however be wrong if [...]

February 6, 2014
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Shannon Woolworths Merlot 2011

The Shannon Vineyards Merlot 2011 made exclusively for Woolworths at R129.95 bottle is a decent drop but it’s a few degrees off Mount Bullet, this Elgin property’s top-end example of the variety. Made by Catherine Marshall, it was subjected to less oak and comes in at 13.5% abv compared to 14.5% for the Mount Bullet [...]

September 3, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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