Mary le Bow 2003 – 2014

Mary le Bow is a joint venture between Bruce Jack of Flagstone fame and the Frater family who farm in the hills above Ashton. Jack describes the label as “under the radar”, the wine only made occasionally) and production typically around 300 cases. The core of this wine is Cabernet Sauvignon from a virus-free vineyard […]

July 26, 2017
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Rock cod curry, dry white wine and the future of Distell

Getaway.co.za refers to Tofo in Mozambique as a “little South African Ibiza”. Luckily, our recently holiday there was out of season which meant we had the place pretty much to ourselves – a beautiful beach, balmy weather and fresh seafood every night for supper. What to drink with rock cod curry or braaied langoustines, though? […]

July 26, 2017
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Elemental Bob Retro Series new releases

If you like you’re a wine drinker prepared to deviate from the mainstream, then you should definitely check out what Craig Sheard is doing under his Elemental Bob label. He has now expanded his range to include five wines dubbed the “Retro Series”, tasting notes and scores for the three whites as follows: Elemental Bob […]

July 25, 2017
by Christian
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Recipe: Thai butternut and coriander soup

An old favourite gets an Oriental twist. Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 kg butternut, peeled and cubed 2 Tbsp (30ml) olive oil 2 Tbsp (30ml) honey Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 onions, chopped 1 Tbsp (15ml) ginger, grated 1 stalk lemongrass, peeled and finely chopped 3 Tbsp (45ml) Thai red curry paste 2 cups […]

July 25, 2017
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Trizanne Signature Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Trizanne Barnard has done something quite special with her Elim Sauvignon Blanc 2017, this Elim wine looking showing particular refinement and composure. The nose shows subtle notes of lime, pear, white peach and blackcurrant while the palate is concentrated but not weighty – lovely fruit purity, coated acidity and a gently savoury finish. Very more-ish […]

July 24, 2017
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Nguni Malbec 2015

Charles Withington is a Darling-based negociant who releases wines under his family name, the latest being Nguni Malbec 2015, the grapes from respected grower André Kirsten of Oranjefontein farm and only lightly oaked – matured for six months in old barrels. Single-variety Malbec can be quite hard work but this is charming with a very […]

July 21, 2017
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Opstal Carl Everson Chenin Blanc 2016

Attie Louw, winemaker at Opstal in Slanghoek, relates that in 2016 in the case of the Carl Everson Chenin Blanc native yeast populations were smaller, available nutrients lower than usual making for an extended eight-month fermentation in barrel. The nose is dead sexy with top notes of potpourri and dried herbs before peach and citrus. […]

July 20, 2017
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Opstal The Barber Sémillon 2016

The Barber Sémillon 2016 from Slanghoek property Opstal is knock-out. Grapes from a vineyard planted in 1998, fermentation occurred spontaneously before maturation in old oak lasting 10 months. The nose shows hay, pear, peach, naartjie and a little spice. The palate, meanwhile, is rich and greasy but not without verve thanks to tangy acidity – […]

July 19, 2017
by Christian
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