While the 2013 vintage of Shiraz from Constantia property Eagles’ Nest was particularly striking, the currently available 2014 seems more understated. Matured for 20 months in French oak, a third of which was new, the wine displays aromas of red fruit, white pepper, vanilla and a hint of reduction. It’s medium bodied with pure fruit, […]
Should the wine industry work harder to position wine as a lifestyle beverage rather than the special interest preserve of a few elites? Silwervis Wines was started in the spirit of “healthy rebellion” that the now defunct Swartland Revolution epitomized by winemaker Ryan Mostert and partner Samantha Suddons, financial whizz Michael Roets and wine retailer […]
Something to ward off the winter cold. Serves 4 Ingredients: olive oil, for frying 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 leek, finely sliced 2 carrots, finely diced 2 celery sticks, finely diced 250g beef mince 100g pork mince (can use pork sausages) 100g lamb mince 3 tbsp (45ml) red wine 2 […]
John and Tasha Seccombe of Thorne & Daughters have just released their wines from the hot and dry 2016 vintage and again what is remarkable is just how super-concentrated the whites are. Tasting notes and scores as follows: Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse 2016 Approximate retail price: R260 A blend of 27% Semillon, 25% Chardonnay, […]
The 2016 vintage was challenging on account of being exceptionally hot and dry and it’s fascinating to see how different winemakers dealt with it. Jocelyn Hogan Wilson felt compelled to pick the Swartland vineyards that supply her Chenin Blanc earlier than usual, 27 January to be precise. The wine, however, is still strikingly rich and […]
Results of the International Wine Challenge 2017 were recently announced and local wines to win gold as follows: Babylonstoren Nebukadnesar 2014 Babylonstoren Sprankel 2011 Boschendal Elgin Chardonnay 201Boschendal Elgin Pinot Noir 2015 Bouchard Finlayson Crocodile’s Lair/Kaaimansgat Chardonnay 2015 Bouchard-Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2015 Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2015 Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Reserve..
Entries for the Merlot Report 2017 are now open. Wines will be tasted blind by a three-person panel consisting of Christian Eedes as chairman as well as Roland Peens and James Pietersen, both of Wine Cellar, Cape Town merchants and cellarers of fine wine. An entry fee of R495 per wine applies and entries close […]
Silwervis Wines was started in the spirit of “healthy rebellion” that the now defunct Swartland Revolution epitomized by winemaker Ryan Mostert and partner Samantha Suddons, financial whizz Michael Roets and wine retailer Roland Peens. To date, they have been four funky wines with funky labels, namely Smiley White and Red, both non-vintage and Silwervis White […]