Delaire Graff Woolworths Redstone 2015

Upmarket retailer Woolworths stocks wines generally available in the trade but also increasingly collaborate with producers to provide wines exclusively bottled for their customers. So, for instance, you can buy the Bordeaux-style red blend that is Botmaskop from Delaire Graff (no vintage specified on the website) in Stellenbosch for R169.95 a bottle or you can […]

November 24, 2016
by Christian
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BLANKbottle Nothing to Declare 2014

Pieter Walser of BLANKbottle, winner of the Grand Prix inaugural Wine Label Design Awards earlier this year (see here), has a fabulous white blend called Nothing to Declare (a tribute to the vine smugglers of days gone by) consisting of “mainly Marsanne with a bit of Roussanne, Grenache blanc, Viognier and Clairette blanche”. There’s very […]

December 4, 2015
by Christian
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Jordan Reserve Collection Unoaked Chardonnay 2015

Rebecca Constable, wine product developer for Woolworths, says there are three key attributes to the retailer’s offering: 1) what’s on offer is often award winning; 2) the retailer works closely with the producer in line with their “Meet the makers” campaign and 3) provenance matters. In an effort to illustrate this, a showcase of eight […]

November 18, 2015
by Christian
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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
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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
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