Decanter World Wine Awards 2017: Results

The Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 were announced recently. The competition attracted over 17 200 entries and the following South African wines featured: Platinum – Best in Show Paul Cluver Seven Flags Chardonnay 2016 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2013 Platinum medals (best in category) Nederburg The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2016 Rustenberg Red Muscadel 2015 […]

May 26, 2017
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Luddite Saboteur Red 2015

The 2015 vintage is much celebrated among winemakers on account of how favourable growing conditions were but the proof of the pudding is in the eating and while the white wines produced have generally proved to be very good, the more serious reds are only now starting to come to market, their defining feature seemingly […]

May 26, 2017
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Stellenzicht sold

Ernie Els Wines has acquired Stellenzicht from Lusan Premium Wines, the joint venture between Distell and German financier Hans Schreiber. In 2015, golfer Ernie Els took on Baron Hans von Staff-Reitzenstein, a renowned German wine collector, as an investor in his wine business with a view to growing it significantly Ernie Els Wines currently has […]

May 26, 2017
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Cederberg Five Generations Chenin Blanc 2014

God is in the detail, or so the saying goes, and the 2014 vintage of Five Generations Chenin Blanc from Cederberg is nothing if not intricate in its assembly – 10.6% Chenin Blanc for extra complexity, 5% unwooded Chenin from the 2015 vintage for extra freshness, fermented and matured for 11 months in 400-litre barrels, […]

May 25, 2017
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Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2014

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, […]

May 24, 2017
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Why trying to make wine less snobby is futile

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 […]

May 24, 2017
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Recipe: Slow-cooked three-meat ragout

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 […]

May 23, 2017
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Thorne & Daughters new releases

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, […]

May 23, 2017
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