Cirrus Syrah 2013

Cirrus Wines is a partnership between Jean Engelbrecht of Rust en Vrede in Stellenbosch and the Duncan family of Silver Oak in Napa Valley, California dating from 2003. This enterprise doesn’t seem to get much airtime but the 2013, currently available from Wine Cellar at R255 a bottle, is quite striking. Made by Coenie Snyman […]

March 17, 2017
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Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Among the many versions of Sauvignon Blanc from Durbanville property Diemersdal, Eight Rows is one of the more premium, the 2016 being a real blockbuster. A complex nose of lime, green apple, cantaloupe and white peach as well as fynbos and a hint of reduction. The palate displays super-concentrated fruit and a creamy texture with […]

March 16, 2017
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Blackwater Hinterland Cinsaut 2015

The reason Cinsaut is enjoying such a resurgence right now is that it provides a welcome counterpoint to the wines of weight and power which held sway until not so long ago. I do wonder, however, if the variety has the inherent complexity to deliver greatness regularly and on a wide scale – it has […]

March 15, 2017
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Ataraxia’s Kevin Grant rethinks the red blend

Back in February, Pretoria-based lawyer and wine enthusiast Johan Smuts exhorted me and colleague Tim James on Twitter to review the 2014 and 2015 vintages of the red blend known as Serenity as made by Kevin Grant under his Ataraxia label. The wines were dispatched, Grant including the as yet unreleased 2016 in order to […]

March 15, 2017
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Craven Faure Vineyard Syrah 2016

Mick and Jeanine Craven of Craven Wines differentiate themselves by working exclusively with vineyards in the very grand appellation which is Stellenbosch but then apply resolutely new-wave methodology – early picking and very often whole-bunch fermentation being particular hallmarks of their approach. Tasting notes and ratings for the soon-to-be-released 2016s as follows: Craven Clairette Blanche […]

March 14, 2017
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Recipe: Chicken Ceasar sandwich

Easy to prepare, this low GI meal makes for a healthy summertime lunch. Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 chicken breast fillets, skinless 2 tsp (10ml) olive oil salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 slices low GI bread (soy and linseed) 2 cos lettuces (or baby gem) For the dressing: 1 clove of garlic, crushed 2 […]

March 14, 2017
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Villiera Bush Vine Blanc Fumé 2016

The Bush Vine Blanc Fumé 2016 from Villiera is not to be trifled with. From an older block planted to the famed weather station clone of Sauvignon Blanc, juice was partially fermentation was begun in an egg-shaped tank, a portion left on the skins, before being transferred for three months of maturation in barrel, 50% […]

March 13, 2017
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Tim James: Abrie Beeslaar and his various takes on Pinotage

Pinotage, so long the prisoner of its own conservative socio-cultural significance (as well as of inappropriate sites and winemaking), is starting to appear in more modern Cape guise – with fresh, exciting versions from Fram, David & Nadia, B Vintners and Spioenkop, for example. But the grape has no more eloquent expression, I’d suggest, than […]

March 13, 2017
by Christian
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