Klein Constantia old wine tasting

Yesterday a tasting of various old wines from the Klein Constantia library presented by managing director Hans Astrom and winemaker Matt Day, my three stand-out wines as follows: Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc Noble Late Harvest 1998 Alc 14.21% RS 138.7g/l TA 8.8g/l pH3.7 Dark orange with a pale rim. Burnt sugar, orange and a little […]

June 28, 2017
by Christian
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Buy now! Org de Rac Merlot 2015 available from Wine Cellar

The Merlot Report 2017 has just been made public and the Org de Rac 2015 was joint best in category with a score of 92 on the 100-point quality scale. Wine Cellar, one of our preferred wine merchant, has it available for purchase. Org de Rac Merlot 2015 Wine Cellar price: R74 Matured for 13 […]

June 27, 2017
by Christian
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Merlot Report 2017

The inaugural Merlot Report in association with the official producer body known as the Merlot Forum is now out. 67 entries were received from 50 producers for this year’s competition and we included the La Chenade 2014 Lalande de Pomerol as a ringer. These were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by the three-person panel, scoring […]

June 26, 2017
by Christian
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Enhance your wine judging experience with Winemag.co.za

We are glad to announce that we now offer a rotating position on our panels as an associate judge at the cost of R1 250 – an ideal opportunity for prospective wine judges to gain experience. The next tasting will form the basis of the Signature Red Blend Report and takes place 09h00, Tuesday 18 […]

June 26, 2017
by Christian
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Win a bottle of Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2007 plus a six-bottle case of Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016 worth R810. When Winemag.co.za recently announced the results of the 10 Year Old Wine Awards, one of the star performers was the Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2007 which rated 94 on the 100-point quality scale. […]

June 26, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: On Port and the joys of travel

At the risk of sounding really stupid (”what did this guy think?!”) – it’s taken my first trip to the Douro region of Portugal to properly realise how tiny is the Cape’s “port” category. Smaller, of course, than it used to be back in the old days when the KWV was making vast quantities of […]

June 26, 2017
by Christian
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Uva Mira The Dance Cabernet Franc 2014

Uva Mira in Stellenbosch is turning out some seriously classy stuff since Christiaan Coetzee took over as winemaker in 2012, The Dance Cabernet Franc 2014 a case in point. Matured for 19 months in French oak, 70% new, the nose shows red fruit, some leafiness and subtle oak-derived notes of vanilla and spice. The attention […]

June 26, 2017
by Christian
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Hartenberg Gravel Hill Shiraz 2012

Wines of power are somewhat out of fashion relative to wines of elegance and restraint but there remains a place for the former especially when the winter cold draws in. The Gravel Hill Shiraz from Hartenberg has never been particularly shy or modest but the 2012 impresses on account of the intricacy it manages to […]

June 23, 2017
by Christian
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