The Institute of Masters of Wine in conjunction with trade publication The Drinks Business recently announced Eben Sadie of Sadie Family Wines as the winner of the 2017 Winemakers’ Winemaker Award. The honour, which has been given annually since 2011, recognises outstanding achievement in the field of winemaking. The winner is chosen each year by […]
Breaking news is that Distell’s head winemaker Razvan Macici has left the company with immediate effect. He took the position in July 2015 after having previously served as Nederburg winemaker since 2001. Asked for comment, he said he was “legally bound” not to go into detail – given that harvest is in full swing, it […]
Kyle Dunn, of own-brand Skinny Legs and formerly assistant at AA Badenhorst Family Wines, died on Friday, 3 March 2017. He leaves his mother and father, Lee and Theo, as well as his sister and nephew, Raine and Gavriel. Dunn’s family has asked agency Ex Animo continue to sell his wines so that they “can […]
Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc 2016 – 96 (read original review here) A.A. Badenhorst White 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Haskell Hades Syrah 2014 – 93 (read original review here) Jasper Raats Single Vineyard Driefontein Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – 93 (read original review […]
Wine listing fees charged by restaurants – at least distasteful if not outright illegal – continues unabated. Winemag.co.za condemns the practice and urges all wine producers to resist paying them while we will also continue to expose restaurants who solicit such fees – the only way the situation is going to be addressed is to […]
When What I Drank Last Night (subsequently subsumed into Winemag.co.za) ran the 10 Year Old Wine Awards in 2013, two of the 10 highest rated wines were from Morgenster in Stellenbosch and these are still available from the fine wine retailer Port2Port. Morgenster 2003 – Four and Half Stars Price: R451 Morgenster Lourens River Valley […]
The practice of sand mining looks set to begin in the Swartland, one of South Africa’s most high-profile wine producing areas. The website Grape.co.za first broke the story here. Those opposing the initiative are invited to sign an petition here.
Here’s our exciting line-up of tastings for the year: March: Rotolabel Wine Label Design Awards April: 10 Year Old Wine Awards May: Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report June: Bordeaux Blend Report July: Merlot Report August: Signature Red Blend Report September: Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Report October: Prescient Chardonnay Report November: Cape White Blend Report December: Alternative Varieties Report […]