Tim James: Reflections on this year’s Veritas Awards ceremony

Some things need to be done, whatever one’s trepidations, at least once in a lifetime. For many years I’ve sent my regretful declines in response to kind invitations to the Veritas Awards ceremony (partly because I don’t possess the “black tie” that’s indicated as the dress code, and wasn’t going to hire it), But this […]

October 9, 2017
by Tim James
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Delheim’s Spatz Sperling dies

The Sperling family of Delheim in Stellenbosch have announced the passing of Michael Hans ‘Spatz’ Sperling earlier this morning at the age of 87. Sperling arrived in South Africa as a 20-year-old from Germany in 1951 to join his uncle Hans Hoheisen and aunt Del and over the next 60 years, grew this farm on […]

October 8, 2017
by Christian
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Veritas Awards 2017 results

The results of the 27th annual Veritas Awards were announced on Friday night, Distell the most successful producer with seven double gold medals and 18 gold medals. There were 1 638 entries in total with 71 double gold medals awarded. The double-gold medal winners by category are as follows: Vertex Award – Overall Champion Spier […]

October 7, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Epicurean 2011

Epicurean is the wine brand owned by businessmen Mutle Mogase and Moss Ngoasheng plus former Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa (former partner in the venture Ron Gault having returned to the USA), Rupert & Rothschild involved in viticulture and vinification, the stakeholders constructing the final blend . It’s been a while since we heard much from […]

October 6, 2017
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Malu Lambert: Interview with Corlea Fourie of Bosman Family Wines

Corlea Fourie knew she had something special with the Optenhorst Vineyard. Located on a hill of the Bosman Family Wines farm, the vineyard is watched over by the ‘W’ in the Wellington Mountains. Stocky, sturdy chenin blanc bush vines thrust out of the ground. There’s a graveyard-like stillness up here, a feeling brought on perhaps […]

October 5, 2017
by Malu Lambert
with 2 Comments

Blake’s Boys Chenin Blanc 2016

Andries Blake, now manager at Klawer Cellars, previously spent 17 years at Swartland Winery. No surprise then that his Chenin Blanc made from grapes from that district and bottled under his own Blake’s Boys label is pretty smart. Fermented and matured in French oak, 50% new, the nose shows hay, stone fruit and some leesy […]

October 4, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Wightman, Gouws & Clarke Dry Red 2017

The variety from which the Wightman, Gouws & Clarke Dry Red is made might get played down in terms of weighting on the label but the fact that it is Pinotage should deter no-one. A JV between Andrew Wightman of Môrelig in the Swartland, Jurgen Gouws of Intellego and David and Jeannette Clarke of distribution […]

October 4, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Ashbourne Pinotage 2015

Ashbourne 2015 from Anthony Hamilton Russell and team is the first release under this label since the 2010 vintage and whereas previous incarnations of the wine were Pinotage-dominated blends, it is now entirely from Pinotage. Fermentation involving 10% whole-bunch, the wine was matured for 11 months in 400-litre barrels, 40% new and then for a […]

October 3, 2017
by Christian
with 4 Comments
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