Vriesenhof Grenache 2015

The Grenache 2015 made from Piekenierskloof grapes by Vriesenhof shows red fruit and spice but also a definite meaty quality on the nose and palate. In stark contrast to the “pretty” versions of the variety out there, it certainly holds the attention but it’s not as fine as previous vintages of this wine. Wine Cellar […]

July 17, 2017
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L’Avenir Single Block Pinotage 2014

Though L’Avenir in Stellenbosch was once a proud independent with Mauritian-borne, former sugar trader Marc Wiehe as owner and the legendary Francois Naude Snr as winemaker, it is now in the possession of French wine corporation AdVini and it’s noteworthy that they persist with South Africa’s two supposed signature varieties, namely Chenin Blanc and Pinotage, […]

July 12, 2017
by Christian
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Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2017

The Sauvignon Blanc from Southern Right, the other Hemel-en-Aarde cellar that Anthony Hamilton Russell of Hamilton Russell Vineyards has a stake in, has always been quite restrained – neither too green nor too fruity and hence good, if slightly unremarkable, drinking. Winemaker Emul Ross seems to have upped the ante with the 2017, however. Grapes […]

July 11, 2017
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Porseleinberg Syrah 2015

The Syrah, from Boekenhoutkloof’s Swartland property and as made by Callie Louw, is now such a cult phenomenon that it sells out on release. It shapes the debate, however, so herewith tasting notes and rating for the 2015. The nose is a pungent amalgam of cherries and pomegranate, scrub, earth and liquorice. The palate, meanwhile, […]

July 10, 2017
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Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Klein Constantia winemaker Matt Day says that the 2016 was the earliest since 1986 and the wines are perhaps a tiny notch down on those of the exceptional 2015 but still very accomplished. Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Price: R130 On the nose, attractive notes of blossom and fresh herbs to go with citrus and […]

July 7, 2017
by Christian
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Zorgvliet Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Bernard Le Roux joined Zorgvliet in December 2013 after stints at first Vilafonté and then Noble Hill and is quietly going about uplifting the reputation of this Banhoek property after it meandered for a while – the 2015 vintage of the Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend known as Simoné rated 90 on the 100-point quality scale in […]

July 6, 2017
by Christian
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The re-emergence of wooded Sauvignon Blanc

“I’d rather drink a wooded Sauvignon Blanc over an unwooded Chardonnay,” remarked celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood over lunch the other day and I tend to share the sentiment. Chablis is Chablis but local unwooded Chardonnay often underwhelms, the wines failing to show real complexity. Wooded Sauvignon Blanc, on the other hand, is re-emerging as a […]

July 6, 2017
by Christian
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Recipe: Pork sausage and haricot bean cassoulet

A cheat version of this classic French stew. Serves 4 Ingredients: 400g dried haricot beans, soaked overnight 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil 125g bacon, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 onion, finely chopped 1 celery, finely chopped 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped 250g pork chipolates 4 x tomatoes, chopped 1 cup (250ml) chicken stock […]

July 5, 2017
by Christian
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