Rousseau Grace Sauvignon Blanc 2017

André Rousseau, formerly of Constantia Uitsig, now makes wine under his own label, the Grace Sauvignon Blanc 2017 just released and comprising 47% of grapes from Darling, 47% from Durbanvile and 6% Elgin, this latter portion undergoing barrel fermentation. The nose is very becoming with notes of elderflower, lime, white peach and grapefruit while the […]

November 8, 2017
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Testalonga new releases

Craig and Carla Hawkins, operating out of the Swartland, are arguably South Africa’s leading proponents of “natural wine”. The 2017 vintage has served them well, just about all the wines having a particular clearness and delicacy about them. Tasting notes and ratings as follows: Testalonga I Wish I Was A Ninja 2017 Approximate retail price: […]

November 8, 2017
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Platter’s 2018 – trying to be all things to all people?

So the 2018 edition of Platter’s South African Wine Guide is out – 111 wines out of over 8 000 wines featured rating 5 Stars (see here). Isn’t that rather a lot of 5 Star wines, you might ask? Well, it’s a 429% increase on the 21 wines that managed the guide’s ultimate accolade in […]

November 8, 2017
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Recipe: Vegetable tempura

Perfect for a Meat Free Monday. Serves 4 Ingredients: 1/2 cup (125ml) corn flour ½ cup (125ml) rice flour ½ tsp (2.5ml) bicarbonate of soda pinch of salt ½ cup (125ml) sparkling water, chilled 50g carrots, thinly shaven with a vegetable peeler 50g mange tout 50g baby corn, halved 1 onion, sliced thinly into rings […]

November 7, 2017
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The Foundry current releases

The Foundry, own label of Meerlust winemaker Chris Williams, is hot property right now after the Grenache Blanc 2015 was announced as the White Wine of the Year in Platter’s 2018. Tasting notes and ratings for the current releases as follows: The Foundry Grenache Blanc 2015 Wine Cellar price: R200 W.O. Voor Paardeberg. Fermented and […]

November 7, 2017
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November 6, 2017
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Hermanuspietersfontein Kleindogter 2015

Wilhelm Pienaar is winemaker and general manager at Hermanuspietersfontein, the vineyards in the Sondagskloof ward between Caledon and Cape Agulhas, the cellar in Hermanus. Tasting notes and ratings for some of the more experimental current releases as follows: Hermanuspietersfontein Kleindogter 2015 Price: R150 From a single Sauvignon Blanc vineyard on the Sondagskloof property. Very aromatic […]

November 6, 2017
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Remhoogte Honeybunch Chenin Blanc 2016

The Remhoogte Honeybunch Chenin Blanc 2016 comes from a 35-year-old block on this Stellenbosch farm, the well-established root system apparently sustaining the vines through the warm and dry conditions that prevailed during this particular growing season. In the cellar, there was 12 hours of skin maceration before pressing, then spontaneous fermentation and 12 months of […]

November 6, 2017
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