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Book now for our blends public tasting – Johannesburg

Please join Winemag.co.za for an informative seated tasting of some the top blended wines in the country. The tasting will be presented by Winemag.co.za editor Christian Eedes along with Werner Muller of Iona and Karl Lambour, GM of Tokara. On show will be a selection of the Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends from the RisCura White Hot […]

September 12, 2016
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Book now for our Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon public tasting – Cape Town

Please join Winemag.co.za for an informative seated tasting of some the top performing wines in the RisCura White Hot Wine Awards. The tasting will be presented by Winemag.co.za editor Christian Eedes along with Jacques du Plessis of Constantia Uitsig and Werner Muller of Iona. Wines included in the line-up: Barton Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015 Cape […]

September 12, 2016
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The Blacksmith Vin Noir 2015

Tremayne Smith, who had a stint at Mullineux & Leeu before moving to Fable Mountain Vineyards, also makes his own wines under The Blacksmith label. Tasting notes and scores for the current releases as follows: The Blacksmith Chenin Blanc 2015 Wine Cellar price: R155 Appears both reductive AND oxidative – a bit stinky on the […]

September 24, 2016
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Talking Cinsaut

How prominently is Cinsaut set to feature in the South African wine industry’s future? Yesterday, a panel discussion and tasting of some leading examples jointly hosted by Wine Cellar and WOSA (watch here). Based on my experience of the modern incarnations, it seems that it generally makes “smashable” wines – it is very much on […]

September 23, 2016
by Christian
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How bankrupt is SA wine?

For all the advances in wine quality the South African wine industry has made in the last 20 years or so, there’s currently a not-so-latent anxiety about a lack of profitability. According to national industry body, VinPro, 30% of the country’s wine producers are loss-making, 49% are low profit and 6% break even. Only 15% […]

September 22, 2016
by Christian
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Vrede en Lust Artisan Range Casey’s Ridge Syrah 2013

The Buys family of Vrede en Lust acquired Elgin property Casey’s Ridge in 2005 and this now seems to be coming in to its own. The Barrique 2014 scored 91 on the 100-point quality scale in the recent RisCura White Hot Wine Awards and the current-release Artisan Range Casey’s Ridge Syrah 2013 is very good, […]

September 22, 2016
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GlenWood Grand Duc Noblesse NV

The Grand Duc Noblesse NV from GlenWood outside Franschhoek is a wine modelled on Sauternes. From Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, extensive effort was made to ensure that only botrytis-infected grapes were used, fermentation occurring spontaneously before maturation in 225-litre French oak barrels, 100% new. Non-vintage, it incorporates both the 2013 and 2014 harvests. On the […]

September 21, 2016
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Recipe: Panzanella salad

Great for summer entertaining Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tsp (5ml) salt 4 tbsp (60ml) olive oil 3 slices of day old ciabatta, cut into chunks 12 heirloom tomatoes 1 red onion, finely sliced 20 (½ cup) black olives 30g punnet fresh basil leaves 4 tbsp (60ml) olive oil 4 tbsp (60ml) […]

September 20, 2016
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2016 CWG Auction wines rated

The 32nd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place at the Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch on Saturday, 1 October. There are 52 wines on offer and I attended a blind tasting held for the media yesterday. Ratings as follows: 96 Sijnn Wines /awa 2014 (David Trafford) WO Malgas. 62% Syrah, 38% Mourvèdre. Very fragrant aromatics […]

September 20, 2016
by Christian
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The Michael Fridjhon Wine Experience 2016

In 1996, the rand-dollar exchange rate was 4.3 and today it is 14.11. Back then, Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1990 cost R900 per bottle while the 2010 vintage will cost you in the region of R15 000. The 20th anniversary Michael Fridjhon Wine Experience was held this past weekend – convener Fridjhon saying that with the […]

September 19, 2016
by Christian
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