Lismore Syrah 2016

The Syrah 2016 from Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore sees her trademark refinement in evidence again after the more unrestrained 2015 (see here). From 50% Greyton and 50% Elgin, 40% underwent whole-bunch fermentation, the wine was matured for 12 months in a combination of 225-, 300- and 500-litre barrels, 15% new. The nose shows cherry, raspberry […]

November 20, 2017
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Lismore Reserve Chardonnay 2016

The Reserve Chardonnay 2016 from Greyton property Lismore is sensational. A barrel selection, winemaking involved spontaneous fermentation and maturation lasting 11 months in 500-litre barrels, 40% new. The nose shows top notes of citrus blossom and dried herbs before lemon and green apple, the merest hint of vanilla and the tiniest touch of leesy complexity. […]

November 20, 2017
by Christian
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Nederburg II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

What style of South African Cabernet Sauvignon should be celebrated going forwards? The 2013 vintage of Nederburg II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon recently received the Warren Winiarski Trophy for best in category at this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition but did not fare as well in the Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report released earlier in the […]

November 20, 2017
by Christian
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Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards 2017

The top 10 restaurants for 2017according to the guide Eat Out are: 1. The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town) 2. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria) 3. The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West) 4. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia, Cape Town) 5. Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort (Constantia, Cape Town) 6. Camphors at Vergelegen […]

November 20, 2017
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the. Cabernet Franc 2014

Brian Smith of Elgin Ridge Wines and Niels Verburg of Luddite yesterday launched the. Cabernet Franc 2014, available at R15 000 per three-bottle case, effectively making it the second most expensive wine in the country (behind 4G 67 Imizuzu 2014 at R5 600 a bottle and ahead of De Toren’s Book XVII 2015 and The […]

November 17, 2017
by Christian
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Woolworths Signature Series

The new Signature Series range of wines from retailer Woolworths sees consultant Allan Mullins collaborating with some of the top names in the wine industry. There are six wines in all, tasting notes and ratings as follows: Signature Series Sauvignon Blanc 2017 by Duncan Savage (Savage wines) Price: R129.99 Includes a dash of Semillon. Some […]

November 16, 2017
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Wine Judging Academy 2018: Applications open

Leading wine critic Michael Fridjhon will again be running his wine judging academy from Thursday 5 April to Saturday 7 April next year at the Cullinan Hotel in Cape Town. The cost for the course is R8 795.00 per person inclusive of VAT, all meals, accommodation and course materials. Applications close on 15 December 2017. […]

November 16, 2017
by Christian
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Reyneke Syrah 2015

While the accolades for recent vintages of the Syrah from biodynamic-certified Stellenbosch producer Reyneke have rolled in, I felt some were a little too “wild”. I’m glad to say that I have no such misgivings about the 2015 vintage. Spontaneous fermentation, incorporating 30% whole bunch, occurred in concrete egg while maturation lasting 16 months took […]

November 16, 2017
by Christian
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