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RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards 2016: Call for entries

In conjunction with RisCura, a global financial services provider, Winemag.co.za is pleased to announce the second annual Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends, the style defined as wines made from two or more of the following varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot (no other varieties permitted). Wines will be […]

April 25, 2016
by Christian
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Holden Manz Cabernet Franc Reserve 2014

How to understand single-varietal Cabernet Franc in the South African context? If the talking point about the currently available Raats 2013 is just how particularly leafy it is aromatically (see here) then the Holden Manz Reserve 2014 provides an interesting counterpoint being much more about fruit power. The Holden Manz wine has an alcohol of […]

April 28, 2016
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Morgenster Nabucco 2013

Yesterday a tasting of the new releases from Morgenster in Somerset West. Pick of the bunch was the Bordeaux-style Reserve 2012 which rated 91 on the 100-point scale in last year’s RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards and again showed very well. Whereas the Reserve 2012 is a blend of  72% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot and […]

April 27, 2016
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Recipe: Leek and potato soup

Smooth and creamy. Serves 4 Ingredients: olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 3 leeks, washed and finely sliced 400g peeled potatoes, cubed 4 cups (1l) vegetable or chicken stock ½ cup (125ml) cream salt and freshly ground pepper 10g fresh chives, finely chopped Method: Heat a little oil in a […]

April 26, 2016
by Christian
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Rall Grenache Blanc 2015

Donovan Rall has a compelling new wine in the form of a Grenache Blanc 2015. Grapes come from a Piekenierskloof ungrafted vineyard some 15 years old and juice underwent spontaneous fermentation, a portion on the skins and maturation lasting six months in a combination of concrete egg and old oak. The wine has a complex […]

April 26, 2016
by Christian
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Bellingham Homestead Pinotage 2014

Bellingham have launched a batch of wines under the Homestead label designed to slot in under its premium Bernard Series. The Homestead in question is the former residence of Bellingham founder Bernard Podlashuk situated on Anthonij Rupert Wyne property in Franschhoek but held in trust and therefore not available for sale. According to winemaker Niel […]

April 26, 2016
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Michael Fridjhon: Why isn’t SA doing more about leaf-roll virus?

I recently returned from a trip to Spain where I spent a couple of days at the Salon de Gourmets, one of the oldest and most respected of the curated luxury food and wine fairs. Amongst my discoveries was the extent of ancient vineyard in the Iberian peninsula. Producer after producer in regions like Toro, […]

April 26, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
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Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Granum 2014

Newton Johnson in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley has made quite a name for itself with the Burgundian varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir but what of its Rhône-inspired blend called Granum? The current-release 2014 vintage is a blend of 84% Syrah and 16% Mourvèdre, fermentation occurring spontaneously and involving some whole bunch while maturation lasted […]

April 25, 2016
by Christian
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Sxollie cider

Sxollie cider was founded in 2014 by Karol Ostaszewski and wife Laura Clacey, who previously had a cider business in Australia. Apples are sourced from Elgin and the production process takes eight weeks: Juice is fermented in tank with Champagne yeasts before bottling and carbonation.  Of interest is that the two ciders in the range […]

April 25, 2016
by Christian
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