Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge 2017 winners

Results of the fourth annual Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 Challenge, convened by the producer body known as the Chenin Blanc Association, are now out. There were 136 entries in total and the winning wines are as follows: Cederberg Five Generations 2015 DeMorgenzon Reserve 2016 Fleur du Cap Unfiltered 2016 Nederburg Heritage Heroes The […]

August 23, 2017
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De Kleine Wijn Koöp portfolio tasting

De Kleine Wijn Koöp is a side-project of Rohan Etsebeth and Jan Solms of Stellenbosch design studio Fanakalo plus videographer and good friend Faan Rabie allowing the three to put some niche wines in cool packaging. It all started when they got some wine as payment in kind for some design work for a leading […]

August 23, 2017
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The rise of Breedekloof Makers

“Anderkantdieberg” (The Other Side of the Mountain) used to be a pejorative term for the producers of Breedekloof River Valley, wrapped up in the epithet the idea that once you crossed the Du Toitskloof Mountains which separate Paarl from Worcester, you had forsaken fine wine for its commodity opposite. “Why does the media never give […]

August 23, 2017
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Recipe: Cape malay chicken curry

Serve with basmati rice and sambals. Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 clove of garlic, crushed 1 chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 2 tbsp (30ml) fresh ginger, finely chopped 2 tsp (10ml) coriander 2 tsp (10ml) cumin 1 tsp (5ml) turmeric 1 tbsp (15ml) garam masala 1 x […]

August 22, 2017
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Spioenkop Riesling 2016

If great Pinot Noir out of South Africa is elusive, then great Riesling even more so. Koen Roose of Spioenkop in Elgin, however, has made one the best examples of local Riesling yet in the case of his 2016, the analysis something special to start with: Alc 12.5%, RS 3.4g/l, TA 8.0g/l and pH 3.1. […]

August 22, 2017
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Breedekloof Makers new releases

Breedekloof Makers, the producer body consisting of 12 wineries from the region intent on uplifting their collective image through premium Chenin Blanc, continues to impress. On Friday, an opportunity to taste all the current-release wines side by side and the overall quality was generally very high. A minor criticism is that in some instances, oak-derived […]

August 21, 2017
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Swerwer Red 2016

Whereas previous vintage of Swerwer as made by Jasper Wickens consisted of Cinsaut, Grenache and Syrah, the 2016 sees the Syrah replaced by Tinta Barocca, the precise break-down being 48% Cinsaut, 40% Grenache and 12% Tinta Barocca. I’m not sure there’s a radical difference in the end-result although the 2016 is perhaps a little sturdier, […]

August 21, 2017
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The Old Vine Series Mev. Kirsten 2016

The wine that is Mev. Kirsten in Eben Sadie’s Old Vine Series – from Stellenbosch vines planted between 1905 and 1920 – has always been remarkable for its depth but the 2016 is the best yet on account of an extra freshness that previous vintages arguably lacked. On the nose, there’s a top note of […]

August 21, 2017
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