Olifantsberg Pinotage 2016

Worcester cellar Olifantsberg enjoys a growing reputation for quality – Silhouette 2013 was one of the top performers in this year’s Signature Red Blend Report with a rating of 92 on the 100-point quality scale as was the Blanc 2016 in the Cape White Blend Report with a score of 93. The Pinotage 2016, which […]

December 8, 2017
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BLANKBottle Retirement at “65” 2016

This is a blend of mostly Darling Cinsault plus a little Grenache and Syrah, winemaker Pieter Walser having discovered an under-utilised 1951 vineyard of Cinsault, wine made from it for the first time in its 65th year of existence. The nose is very perfumed with notes of raspberry, cranberry, candy floss, geranium and fynbos while […]

December 7, 2017
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Lismore Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The 2016 vintage of the Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc from Lismore in Greyton makes for a decadent drinking experience. The nose displays heady floral perfume plus white peach and a little leesy complexity while the palate is sweet, rich and smooth textured. It’s a wine of real heft and definitely not an aperitif. Approximate retail […]

December 7, 2017
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Radford Dale new releases

The Winery of Good Hope have added a top-end Gamay Noir, The Antidote 2017, to its Radford Dale range of wines, this prompting a tasting of a number of the current releases. Notes and ratings as follows: Radford Dale Thirst Clairette Blanche 2017 Price: R135 Some reduction on an otherwise shy nose. Indistinct citrus and […]

December 6, 2017
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Metzer Family Cinsault 2017

The range from Metzer Family Wines continues to grow, a Cinsault 2017 being the latest addition. Grapes are from  unirrigated bush vines planted in 1992 on the Helderberg, winemaking involving spontaneous fermentation, 30% whole bunch before maturation lasting eight months in older oak. The nose shows plum, a vague note of fynbos as well as […]

December 5, 2017
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Boplaas Gamka Branca 2016

Boplaas continues its fascination with all things Portuguese having recently addes Verdelho to its Calitzdorp plantings. This variety is included in a new  top-end white blend, the other components being Chardonnay (60%), Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Chenin Blanc, these sourced variously from Elgin, Stellenbosch and the Swartland. The wine shows an array of citrus (naartjie, […]

December 5, 2017
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Recipe: Apple, carrot and celery salad

A great accompaniment to a braai. Serves 4 Ingredients: Salad 2 carrots, peeled and grated 1 bunch celery, washed and finely sliced 15g parsley, roughly chopped 2 apples, washed, cored and finely sliced Dressing 1 tsp (5ml) Dijon mustard 1 tbsp (15ml) honey juice of 1 lemon ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil 5g parsley, finely […]

December 5, 2017
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KWV The Mentors Grenache Noir 2015

From Wellington fruit, this is the maiden release of a Grenache Noir under KWV’s top-end The Mentors label after five years of trial and error. Unfortunately, it still seems misguided. The nose shows an unpleasant rubbery note before red and black fruit, spice and, disconcertingly, mint. The palate is sweet, rich and ripe – the […]

December 4, 2017
by Christian
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