The 2016 vintage was an exceptionally hot and dry vintage and therefore particularly challenging. Donovan Rall of Rall Wine explains his approach was to harvest at least some of the vineyards he works with earlier in order to ensure freshness in the resulting wine and this strategy has worked beautifully. Rall Grenache Blanc 2016 Price: […]
The sixth annual Cabernet Sauvignon Report sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 65 of South Africa’s most high-profile examples, either currently available or soon to be released, and then subjecting them to a blind tasting. Wines to rate 90 or higher on the 100-point […]
De Grendel joins the ranks of wineries which have breached the R1000-a-bottle barrier, its Sir David Graaff 2013 selling online for R1380 bottle. Made in honour of the First Baronet of Cape Town 2013 and founder of this Durbanville farm, it comprises 80% Shiraz, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot, components individually matured for […]
During the judges’ feedback session after formalities had been concluded at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, the remark was made by Philip Constandius, winemaker at Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch, that it appeared those officiating appeared to value wine purity above all else. What place for “funky” , then? It’s a good question. If […]
Four new graduates were recently awarded their certificates as Cape Wine Masters by the Cape Wine Academy and Institute of Cape Wine Masters, bringing the current number of those holding the qualification to 100. The four new CWMs and their dissertations are: Brendan Butler, Mount Vernon winemaker – White Bordeaux-style blends in South Africa François […]
Stellenbosch winery Tokara has announced that winemaker Miles Mossop will be leaving after 18 years to pursue opportunities to develop his own brand, Miles Mossop Wines. Mossop will remain part of the Tokara team for 2018 harvest while he hands over the baton to his successor.
How to do Sunday lunch perfectly. Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 x 1.5kg chicken, giblets removed 1 lemon, quartered 4 cloves of garlic, whole 15g fresh thyme 4 sprigs parsley 2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil 2 onions, quartered 2 carrots, peeled and halved 2 leeks, halved salt and freshly ground pepper Method: Preheat oven to 200°C […]
Martin Lamprecht, incumbent at Voor Paardeberg property Dorran Vineyards, also has his own label known as Marras Wines, sourcing grapes from both Piekenierskloof and the Swartland. His Piekenierskloof Grenache 2016 was cold soaked for three days where most of the extraction took place, then partially spontaneously fermented and matured in older oak for 10 months. […]