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The RisCura White Hot Wine Awards 2015: Call for submissions

Announcing the third annual White Hot Wine Awards featuring Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends, convened by Winemag.co.za and sponsored by RisCura, a global financial services provider. A tasting is proposed to identify the best in the country and producers are invited to submit. Conditions of participation are: 1) wines submitted must be current release or soon to [...]

July 27, 2015
by Christian
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Thelema Merlot Reserve 2012

For their sins, the crew at Thelema have gained a reputation for being one of our leading practitioners of Merlot and the 2012 of the Reserve has just been released. How to suppress or mask any unfortunate “green” character must be the key challenge for any producer aspiring to make top-shelf Merlot and one obvious [...]

August 4, 2015
by Christian
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Botha Kelder Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2014

The Chenin Blanc Initiative sees nine Breedekloof wineries collaborating around Chenin Blanc in order to uplift the image of the district and the Barrel Fermented 2014 from Botha Kelder is yet another of the wines which really impresses. Grapes come from 24-year-old dryland bush vines and the wine was fermented and matured for 10 months [...]

August 4, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: Could great old names be rescued?

An almost inevitable topic came up for discussion among those attending the recent grand match between some old Cape stars and their international equivalents: the modern decline in reputation of wines like Chateau Libertas – the 1959 vintage of which had just given us all great satisfaction. I’ve had, incidentally, many fine old vintages of [...]

August 3, 2015
by Tim James
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Dax Villanueva: A Wide River of Olive Oil

No conversation about South African olive oil can take place without the mention of RIO LARGO. This olive oil is South Africa’s top award winner since 2010 and loved by many. RIO LARGO is Portuguese for ‘broad river’ and this estate is situated on the southern banks of the Breede River, in the Scherpenheuwel Valley [...]

August 3, 2015
by Dax Villanueva
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SA vs New Zealand Pinot Noir

Do expectations influence outcomes when it comes to wine ratings? Dana Buys, co-owner of Vrede en Lust, thinks so, arguing for instance that were you to assemble a group of professional tasters and tell them that they were about to taste a line-up of Pinot from New Zealand rather than South Africa, they would necessarily [...]

August 3, 2015
by Christian
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Blackwater Blanc 2014

Blackwater Blanc is an imaginative and assured offering from Francois Haasbroek. It’s a blend of 80% Swartland Chenin Blanc, 15% Durbanville Semillon and 5% Ashton Bourboulenc and immediately takes its place among the most cutting-edge white wines in the country. The production method is unusual. The Chenin, from a farm next to Paaredebosch, was left [...]

July 31, 2015
by Christian
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Recipe: Homemade Gnocchi in a Blue Cheese Sauce

Gnocchi is the knuckle-shaped dumpling that has successfully shed its homely origins to find itself on many top-end Italian restaurant menus. Although it is a fairly modern iteration, potato gnocchi is my favourite. Starchy potatoes are the key to ensuring a super-light texture which distinguishes homemade gnocchi from the dense-as-a-singularity character commonly associated with the [...]

July 30, 2015
by Dean Ehrlich
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Marthélize Tredoux: The role of the wine writer

Winter is a quiet time in the winelands; vines are resting and tasting rooms enjoy a brief respite from the mad rush of tourists that descend in warmer months. Nevertheless, the past few weeks have seen a bustle of “internal” activity – from judging wine competitions to award ceremonies. One such occasion was the Wineland [...]

July 30, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
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