Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is probably the best vintage yet from Somerset West property Waterkloof. Grapes from two 19-year-old vineyards farmed according to biodynamic methods, fermentation occurred spontaneously in old 600-litre barrels, this lasting six months before a further three months of maturation on the lees. There’s nothing obvious about nose or palate. Aromatically, there […]

April 12, 2017
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What constitutes “good” wine?

What constitutes “good” wine? It was a question I confronted yet again while officiating at the recent Wine Judging Academy, the annual three-day course convened by commentator Michael Fridjhon designed to hone critical sensibilities of wine professionals. As ever, those attending were all pretty good at forensic tasting, which is to say analysing what was […]

April 12, 2017
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Recipe: Salmon and basil pasta

Easy to prepare yet full flavoured. Serves 4 Ingredients: 350g penne pasta olive oil for frying 1 cup rosa tomatoes (12-15), halved 1 garlic clove, minced ½ cup (125ml) white wine or chicken stock 350g boneless, skinless salmon fillet, cut into bite-size pieces 2 tbsp (30ml) basil, chopped 1 tbsp (15ml) tarragon, chopped 2 tbsp […]

April 11, 2017
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Plaisir de Merle Charles Marais 2013

Distell might be undergoing a process of rationalisation (Le Bonheur sold last year and apparently Stellenzicht and Uitkyk also on the market) but the producer-wholesaler seems fully committed to Paarl property Plaisir de Merle, the maiden 2013 vintage of a deluxe red blend called Charles Marais launched yesterday. Consisting of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit […]

April 11, 2017
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Saxenburg Shiraz Select 2009

Stellenbosch property Saxenburg, acquired by Swiss businessman Adrian Bührer in 1989, enjoyed a golden period during the 1990s and early 2000s but it’s fair to say the reputation of the wines have slipped recently. Bührer’s son Vincent and daughter Fiona have recently taken over management while Edwin Grace is now cellarmaster, having been understudy to […]

April 10, 2017
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Mullineux Old Vines White 2015

Dry and early was 2015 as a vintage in the Swartland and in the case of the White Mullineux 2015, this appears to have led to extra fruit concentration with maybe a little freshness lost relative to previous vintages (read 2014 review here). A blend of 73% Chenin Blanc, 13% Clairette Blanche, 7% Viognier and […]

April 9, 2017
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Bellingham The Bernard Series Basket Press Syrah 2015

What to make of Vivino, the app which offers price comparisons and ratings for just about any wine and has to date attracted 23 million users? Bellingham thinks it’s a pretty big deal – the Bernard Series Syrah 2013 from this producer  currently having 232 Vivino ratings to its name, the average rating being 4.2 […]

April 6, 2017
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Carinus Family Vineyards Rooidraai Chenin Blanc 2016

Danie and Hugo Carinus have taken some liberty in calling their wine label Carinus Family Vineyards in that they are only very distantly related. They are, however, good friends and grape growers who supply some of the leading producers in the country from vineyards situated in Devon Valley, Polkadraai and the Swartland. Their label has […]

April 5, 2017
by Christian
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