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Win a six-bottle case of Thelema Shiraz 2013, a six-bottle case of Sutherland Syrah 2012 AND tickets for two to the Shiraz & Charcturie Festival 2017, worth R220 each. Explore the impact of different sites on the same variety – acclaimed cellar Thelema makes two versions of Shiraz/Syrah, one from Stellenbosch and the other from […]

May 15, 2017
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Q&A: Thelema’s Rudi Schultz on Shiraz

Thelema, situated on the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch, is a family owned and managed wine estate and the home of Thelema and Sutherland Vineyards wines, the latter from Elgin grapes. Rudi Schultz has been winemaker there since 2000 and we spoke to him about his experience working with Shiraz. Thelema is known for its Cabernet […]

May 15, 2017
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Thelema Shiraz 2013

Stellenbosch property Thelema is well known for its Cabernet Sauvignon but has also made a Shiraz since the 2000 vintage which perhaps deserves more appreciation than it gets. The current release is 2013 is largely from two vineyards planted in 2000 and 2001 but also includes 8% Grenache. Winemaker Rudi Schultz incorporates at least 50% […]

May 15, 2017
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Rall new releases

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: […]

May 12, 2017
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The Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2017

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 […]

May 10, 2017
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De Grendel Sir David Graaff 2013

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 […]

May 10, 2017
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Purity in wine reconsidered

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 […]

May 10, 2017
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Four new Cape Wine Masters announced

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 […]

May 9, 2017
by Christian
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