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Cabernet Sauvigon Public Tasting – Johannesburg

Please join Winemag.co.za for an informative seated tasting of some the top performing wines in the Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2016. The tasting will be presented by Winemag.co.za editor Christian Eedes along with Morné Vrey of Delaire Graff and Johan Jordaan of Spier. Wines included in the line-up: Boekenhoutskloof Stellenbosch 2014 Delaire Graff Reserve 2013 […]

May 19, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Cabernet Sauvignon Public Tasting – Cape Town

Please join Winemag.co.za for an informative seated tasting of some the top performing wines in the Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2016. The tasting will be presented by Winemag.co.za editor Christian Eedes along with Morné Vrey of Delaire Graff and Johan Jordaan of Spier. Wines included in the line-up: Boekenhoutskloof Stellenbosch 2014 Delaire Graff Reserve 2013 […]

May 19, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

The Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2016

In conjunction with Prescient, a multinational financial services provider, Winemag.co.za is pleased to present the fifth annual Cabernet Sauvignon Report (previously the Christian Eedes Cabernet Sauvignon Report). Wines to rate 90 or higher on the 100-point scale were as follows: 94 Delaire Graff Reserve 2013 Price: R500 Spier Woolworths Private Collection 2013 Woolworths price: R149.95 […]

May 19, 2016
by Christian
with 14 Comments

De Grendel Winifred 2015

Durbanville winery De Grendel has re-introduced its unconventional  white blend called Winifred after it was briefly discontinued. Named after Winifred Sally, wife of the late Sir David Graff, 3rd Baronet of Cape Town and founder of De Grendel, the newly released 2015 is a blend of 52% Semillon, 29% Viognier and 14% Chardonnay. Aromatically, there […]

May 25, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Luddite Chenin 2014

The Chenin Blanc 2014 from Bot River cellar Luddite is as quirky as ever. Partly from own plantings and partly from 40 to 60 year old vines on the Van der Stel Pass, both batches were fermented spontaneously on skins, maturation lasting 12 months in old oak. It has a conspicuous struck match note on […]

May 25, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: How to save SA’s old vines

The plight of old vines, or more correctly, of the owners of old vineyards, has been in the media lately. It is becoming increasingly clear that, pretty much at the same time as we have discovered the joy of wines made with fruit harvested from old vines, we’re about to watch our heritage vineyards vanish […]

May 25, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 1 Comment

Are we all talking about the same thing when it comes to “elegance” in wine?

It strikes me there are two opposing conceptions of what “elegance” in wine means. After attending the recent “SA Luxury Red Wine Taste-Off” featuring 12 wines priced between R735 and R2 450 a bottle, I made the observation “sweet and smooth trumps savoury and grippy” which upon reflection, seems superficial. What’s really going on is […]

May 25, 2016
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Boerejive Vers. 1 Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Emile van der Merwe, assistant to winemaker Matthew Copeland at Agter-Paarl property Vondeling, has made a small batch of own-label Blanc Fumé 2015. Called Boerejive after his late father’s first poetry collection, the grapes are from a block of Sauvignon Blanc planted on Vondeling in 1984. Juice was inoculated in tank before being transferred to […]

May 23, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Recipe: Orange Chocolate Tart

Decadent and delicious. Makes 4 tarts Ingredients: 1 packet (200g) chocolate digestive biscuits 80g unsalted butter, cubed 200g Lindt orange dark chocolate, roughly chopped 500ml (2 cups) cream 1 tsp vanilla paste (or extract) zest of 1 orange cocoa powder for dusting Method: Place the biscuits in a food processor and pulse to form fine […]

May 23, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Tim James: The remarkably low number of SA wineries – Part Two

Twenty years ago, as the millennium approached, and the Cape wine revolution gathered momentum, the Lammershoek farm on the Paardeberg was still delivering its grapes to the local co-op, where they largely disappeared into the voluminous anonymity of vast blending tanks. Then, after an ownership change, the Lammershoek cellar was recommissioned, and increasingly the grapes […]

May 23, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Flotsam & Jetsam Cinsault 2015

Flotsam & Jetsam 2015 is Chris and Suzaan Alheit’s take on Cinsault, grapes from the same Darling block that supplies Francois Haasbroek, Ian Naudé,  Donovan Rall and Duncan Savage. It has an alcohol of 12% and comes across as particularly light which is not to say short of aroma or flavour. Strawberries, red and black […]

May 23, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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