Marthélize Tredoux: Picking apart price

Let’s face it: it was inevitable that I would sit down and hurl my R0.02 at the latest wine industry windup. Two local winemakers (pick your own adjective here: creative/ambitious/cheeky/gutsy/ridiculous/insane) just released “the.” – a 2014 Cabernet Franc at a cool R5 000 a bottle. Oh and you can only purchase it in packs of […]

November 22, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 4 Comments

Nederburg Two Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

While the II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 from Nederburg overreaches itself, I’m happy to report that the 2014 vintage is much more successful. This is a wine which aims for extreme fruit power but while the 2013 is bombastic, the 2014 retains elements of balance and complexity. The 2014 was matured for 22 months in […]

November 22, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Le Sueur Paradoks 2016

The relationship between Pinotage and its parent grapes Cinsaut and Pinot Noir seems to be a point of fascination for more and more winemakers – Beyerskloof makes a three-way blend under the Traildust label as does Ataraxia under the Serenity label while Lanzerac has just launched Prof 2016, a 60:40 blend of Cinsaut and Pinot […]

November 22, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Can a price of R5000 a bottle for an SA wine be justified?

If part of the motivation on the part of Brian Smith of Elgin Ridge Wines and Niels Verburg of Luddite in launching the. Cabernet Franc 2014 at R15 000 per three-bottle case (see here) was to enliven the debate about local wine pricing, they’ve succeeded. At the equivalent of R5 000 a bottle, it’s the […]

November 22, 2017
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2017 – two SA wines

Each year, the editors of US publication Wine Spectator  survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select their Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world. SA took two places in 2017: 49. Rust en Vrede Syrah 2014 – […]

November 21, 2017
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Recipe: Thai Chicken Salad

Fresh flavours from the East. Serves 4 Ingredients: ¼ cup (60ml) light coconut milk 2 tbsp (30ml) fish sauce 2 tbsp (30ml) grated palm sugar 500g chicken thigh fillets 2 tsp (10ml) sweet chilli sauce 1 tbsp (15ml) lime juice 150g (approx 2 cups) baby Asian salad leaves 1 red onion, finely sliced 2 spring […]

November 21, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

KWV The Mentors new releases

The Mentors, the deluxe wine range from KWV, makes for an intriguing case study when it comes to marketing – it was essentially created in the mid-2000s to show that the former super co-op was capable of greatness and a crack winemaking team was put in place accordingly. The wines have always been smart enough […]

November 21, 2017
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Lismore Syrah 2016

The Syrah 2016 from Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore sees her trademark refinement in evidence again after the more unrestrained 2015 (see here). From 50% Greyton and 50% Elgin, 40% underwent whole-bunch fermentation, the wine was matured for 12 months in a combination of 225-, 300- and 500-litre barrels, 15% new. The nose shows cherry, raspberry […]

November 20, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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