Topical pic: The Test Kitchen by Luke Dale-Roberts opens

Last night the launch of the Test Kitchen, new restaurant of acclaimed chef Luke Dale-Roberts located at.the trendy Old Biscuit Mill complex on Albert Road, Woodstock. Dale-Roberts’s new venture follows a four-year long tenure at La Colombe in Constantia. His departure to start his own operation came as something of a surprise as La Colombe […]

November 13, 2010
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SAA Wine Awards 2011

South African Airways recently announced the winners of the airline’s 24th annual wine awards arising out of its onboard wine selection for 2011. The winners were: Méthode Cap Classique of the Year: Dieu Donné 2008 Port of the Year: Boplaas Cape Tawny N/V White Wine of the Year: Kumkani Lanner Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Red […]

November 12, 2010
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Constantia Glen Three 2009

It’s curious how some new farms instantaneously enjoy a high profile and others wallow in obscurity for years. When Constantia Glen released its maiden vintage 2007 reds last year, it had most critics gushing, no doubt partly persuaded by the eloquence of Karl Lambour as winemaker while the involvement of Dominique Hébrard, former co-owner and […]

November 11, 2010
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Reyneke Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Reyneke Sauvignon Blanc 2009 is all ripe tropical fruit, broad in structure with soft acidity. It tastes like no other Sauvignon Blanc you’ve had before because it’s made like no other Sauvginon Blanc you’ve had before – this Stellenbosch property is certified biodynamic by official body Demeter. Owner Johan Reyneke admits that a lot of […]

November 10, 2010
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Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2007

Extraordinary synchronicity that Stellenbosch property Meerlust should celebrate 30 plus one years of its Bordeaux-style red blend Rubicon on Friday (see here) and that Hamilton Russell Vineyards in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley should do the same for precisely 30 vintages of its Pinot Noir on Saturday. Plenty has been written about what might define a wine […]

November 8, 2010
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Meerlust Rubicon 1980

Is South Africa an old or a young wine country? There is on the one hand the entry of 2 February 1659 in colonial administrator Jan van Riebeek’s diary recording the first wine to be produced here so in a fundamental sense a very long tradition. On the other hand, apartheid and all that it […]

November 7, 2010
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Château Pavie 2003

On Thursday night a tasting courtesy of the Cape Winemakers Guild to explore changes regarding the use of wood in Bordeaux as a result of the influence of über-critic Robert Parker. The take-out from a presentation by Andrei Prida, research and development manager of cooperage Sequin Moreau was that while Parker’s impact can’t be under-estimated, […]

November 6, 2010
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Interview with Vergelegen’s André van Rensburg

André van Rensburg, winemaker at Somerset West property Vergelegen, usually a wine industry firebrand, has been keeping a remarkably low profile in recent times. What’s up? For one thing, the long-running leaf-roll virus elimination programme has been keeping him busy. Begun in 2002, when 85% of the vines of the property were virus-infected, he now […]

November 3, 2010
by Christian
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