Previous vintages of the Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc from Lismore in Greyton have been pleasurable if somewhat idiosyncratic but winemaker Samantha O’Keefe has got it spot on in the case of the 2015. Including 20% of grapes from Bot River on account of her own vineyards bearing a particularly small crop, the wine was fermented […]
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants yesterday released the 51 – 100 list as a teaser to the announcement of the top 50 for 2017 at a ceremony to be held in Melbourne next Wednesday. The Test Kitchen by Luke Dale-Roberts in Woodstock, Cape Town drops to No. 63 after being 22 last year while another […]
Starting in 2015, Tim Atkin MW and Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore Estate Vineyards in Greyton have taken it upon themselves to arrange a tasting where the best of South African wine are put up next to some leading examples from the rest of the world in order to facilitate discussion. The most recent event featuring […]
Andrea and Chris Mullineux who have established an exceptional reputation working with Swartland vineyards have been working on a new project with Indian businessman Analjit Singh for the past few years, grapes sourced from across the Cape. The first of these wines from the 2015 vintage and carrying the Leeu Passant label have now been […]
If light and pretty is the fashion of the day when it comes to wine, the Pinotage 2015 from Stellenbosch property Kanonkop is anything but. Matured for 18 months in French oak, 75% new and possessing an alcohol of 14.8%, this wine has plenty of grunt. A compelling nose of plums, cherries, earth, vanilla and […]
Perhaps Cinsaut is no different from any other grape – some from very special sites (Badenhorst’s Ramnasgra ir Sadie’s Pofadder, for instance) will scale the heights of greatness, others will be be enjoyable, everyday drinking and still others will be a bit simple. Stellenrust Old Bushvine 2015 seems to fall in the middle category. From […]
Durbanville property Bloemendal is one of the ventures that Shimmy Luxury Collection has a stake in, the luxury hospitality group, which is headed up by entrepreneur Nicky van der Walt, also involved in the running of Shimmy Beach Club and Sea Point hotel The Ritz. Management appear keen to take Bloemendal to the next level, […]
The Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2017 attracted over 860 entries with judging held in Bordeaux, France. Results were announced yesterday with the following South African wines winning gold medals: Diemersdal MM Louw 2016 Steenberg 2016 To see the full list of winners, click here.