Hartenberg Gravel Hill Shiraz 2012

Wines of power are somewhat out of fashion relative to wines of elegance and restraint but there remains a place for the former especially when the winter cold draws in. The Gravel Hill Shiraz from Hartenberg has never been particularly shy or modest but the 2012 impresses on account of the intricacy it manages to […]

June 23, 2017
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Bizoe Henriëtta 2014

Winemaker Rikus Neethling  founded his own label Bizoe in 2008 and has over the years gained acclaim both locally and internationally for his Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc blend (called Henriëtta after his mother) although it has tended to go somewhat uncelebrated by the Winemag.co.za panel, the 2014 vintage rating 85 when tasted in September 2015 and the […]

June 22, 2017
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Chenin Blanc – when too much of a good thing is a bad thing

Volumes of the Old Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 2016 from Darling Cellars which won the Harold Eedes Trophy for best in class at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show are small, 1 642 bottles to be precise. From 38 and 39 year old vineyards, winemaker Pieter-Niel Rossouw tells me he was compelled to make […]

June 21, 2017
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Boplaas Gamka Family Reserve 2015

The Gamka Family Reserve from Boplaas is a Calitzdorp-Stellenbosch mash-up which sees Portuguese varieties blended with Shiraz, the 2015 consisting of 36% Touriga Nacional and 25% Tinta Barocca combined with 39% Shiraz, the wine matured for 12 months in French oak, 100% new. The nose shows red and black fruit, geranium, scrub, some earthiness and […]

June 21, 2017
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Recipe: Chicken and butter bean casserole

Warming and full of flavour Serves 4 Ingredients: olive oil “2 onions, finely sliced 3 cloves of garlic, crushed 2 sticks celery, finely sliced 3 sprigs thyme 2 rashers back bacon, chopped salt and freshly ground pepper 8 skinless chicken pieces 3/4 cup (190ml) dry white wine 2 cups (500ml) chicken stock 2 carrots, peeled […]

June 20, 2017
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Nederburg The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2016

The Anchorman Chenin Blanc 2016 from Nedeburg recently won a platinum medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 207for the best South African Chenin Blanc priced at over £15 and it must be said the tasters in question have done a good job. Grapes are sourced variously from old untrellised vineyards in Darling, Durbanville and […]

June 20, 2017
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Darling Old Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 2016

The Harold Eedes Trophy for Best Chenin Blanc at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show went to the Old Bush Vines 2016 from Darling Cellars, grapes from 38 and 39 year old vineyards, only 1 642 bottles made and the wine selling for R183 a bottle. It’s a particularly understated rendition with elusive notes […]

June 19, 2017
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