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Laurium Capital Signature Red Blend Report 2016: Call for entries

In conjunction with Laurium Capital, an asset management firm, Winemag.co.za is pleased to announce the first Signature Red Blend Report, the focus being wines which are distinctive of their originators and draw particular attention in the market place. So-called Rhône-style blends, Cape Blends and all other proprietorial red blends are permissible but Bordeaux-style blends are […]

June 13, 2016
by Christian
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Joostenberg Family Blend Red 2015

Joostenberg in Paarl have come up with an uncomplicated but entirely likeable drop in the form of its Family Blend Red 2015. A blend of 91% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and 4% Viognier, all grapes are certified organic. A third of fermentation was done whole bunch while maturation lasted 10 months, 65% in older oak and […]

June 30, 2016
by Christian
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Spioenkop 1900 Chenin Blanc 2013

While we’ll soon be inundated with white wines from the 2016 vintage, Spioenkop has just released the 2013 vintage of its alternative label 1900 Chenin Blanc and it’s drinking nicely. A blend of 55% Elgin and 45% Bottelary grapes, it was matured for 11 months on the lees, a third in new oak, a third […]

June 30, 2016
by Christian
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Tokara appoints new GM

Tokara in Stellenbosch is pleased to announce the appointment of Karl Lambour as general manager, taking over from Gerrie Wagener who passed away earlier this year. Lambour has been GM of Grande Provence in Franschhoek for the past four years. A graduate of the University of Stellenbosch, he holds both B.Sc. Forestry Science and B.Sc. […]

June 29, 2016
by Christian
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Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

It appears many things came together for good in the case of the Pinot Noir 2015 from Hemel-en-Aarde Valley producer Hamilton Russell Vineyards. Emul Ross, previously understudy to Gottfried Mocke at Chamonix, was in charge as winemaker for the first time; the property is now operating organically; harvest was early and short, leading to grapes […]

June 29, 2016
by Christian
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The Grande Provence White 2014

The maiden 2013 vintage of Grande Provence White 2013 caused a stir when it was rated 95 points in UK magazine Decanter and now the 2014 has been released, set to sell at R420 a bottle. A blend of 60% Chenin Blanc and 40% Viognier, it was matured for 12 months in older French oak. […]

June 29, 2016
by Christian
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Michael Fridjhon: Why SA doesn’t have more wine bars?

If you were a martian whose only knowledge of South African cultural life was derived from your online access to WineMag, you might extrapolate from your reading a number of certainties of what life would be like in the land where WineMag held sway. One of these is that the place would be teeming with […]

June 29, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
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Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Can Sauvignon Blanc be profound? Last night Klein Constantia winemaker Matthew Day showed the 2015 vintage of his single-vineyard wine known as Perdeblokke and it certainly grabbed the attention… A wonderfully enticing nose of lemon and its rind, white peach, black currant, fynbos and talcum powder while the palate is amazingly vivid – pure, lithe […]

June 28, 2016
by Christian
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Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2012

As is now well-documented, Klein Constantia changed ownership in 2011 and the 2012 vintage of the property’s renowned sweet wine Vin de Constance is the first made entirely under the new regime. Picking started in late January and finished in late April, some of the fermentation taking six months to finish, relates winemaker Matthew Day. […]

June 28, 2016
by Christian
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