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Zonnebloem Pinotage 1975

Golden oldie.

Distell-owned Zonnebloem is apparently enjoying double digit growth year on year as “youngsters” (25 to 30 year olds) connect with the heritage of a brand which has existed since the1940s. How to build on this? For one thing, get hot-shot … [Read more...]

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1984

Magesterial.

Yesterday over lunch a magmum of Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1984 supplied by Anel Grobler and Jan Laubscher of Spitorswallow.co.za and Winetimes.co.za. Not particularly carefully stored by their own admission, it was brilliant even so. Still … [Read more...]

Lanzerac Pinotage 1963

On Friday, a visit to the Tabernacle, Distell’s underground wine library housing a 14 000-bottle collection of rare local and international wines. A small group of tasters including the likes of Wineanorak.com’s Jamie Goode and Greg Sherwood MW were … [Read more...]

Zonnebloem Lauréat 2010

Spot the difference.

                  Distell are often pretty shameless when it comes to packaging. The Pongrácz bottle, for instance, closely resembles that of iconic Champagne Krug and the … [Read more...]

Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1982

Ageing gracefully.

At last year’s Nederburg Auction, a case of six half-bottles of Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon 1961 fetched R5 500, the equivalent of R1 833 per 750ml bottle. Does old South African red deserve this sort of premium? Yesterday the chance to explore the … [Read more...]

Place in the Sun Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

The "Place in the Sun" launch took place at Plattekloof Wash House on Table Mountain.

Yesterday the launch of the Place in the Sun range of wines from producer-wholesaler Distell. Grapes are sourced from a Devon Valley farmer who is Fair Trade certified, and hence the name (the Fair Trade movement was born “with the aim to establish … [Read more...]