Lourensford Reserve White Blend 2012

A lot of Sauvignon Blanc could do with some jazzing up and that’s precisely what Lourensford in Somerset West has done with its Reserve White Blend 2012. Consisting of 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Chardonnay and 2% Viognier, there was discreet use of oak during fermentation, maturation on the lees lasting seven months. The nose displays […]

December 16, 2016
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Gabriëlskloof The Blend 2015

The 2013 vintage of The Blend from Bot River property Gabriëlskloof won the trophy for the best in class at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show before winning double gold at the Six Nations Wine Challenge and the recently released 2015 again impresses. From 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot and […]

December 15, 2016
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Wine Judging Academy 2017: Applications open

Leading wine critic Michael Fridjhon will again be running his wine judging academy from Sunday 26 March to Tuesday 28 March next year at the Grande Roche hotel in Paarl. The cost for the course is R8 295.00 per person inclusive of VAT, all meals, accommodation and course materials. Applications close on 13 January 2017. […]

December 14, 2016
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Beeslaar Pinotage 2015

The Beeslaar Pinotage 2015 is the sort of wine you get when the person behind it is utterly on top of his game. This is the own label of Abrie Beeslaar, winemaker at Kanonkop, and his deftness with this sometimes tricky variety is all over this wine. A not too shabby vintage clearly also helped. […]

December 14, 2016
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Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc 2016

While you can get excellent entry-level Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc at the same price is usually pretty bland stuff and if you want some excitement from the latter variety you have to be prepared to drop some cash. The Constantia Glen 2016 is R150 a bottle but is well worth the money. The 2016 vintage […]

December 14, 2016
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How SA wine can go from good to great

“Good enough isn’t good enough” is an aphorism that legendary South African creative Brian Searle-Tripp instilled in me during my studies at advertising school Red & Yellow in the 1990s and when my subsequent few years as a copywriter proved spectacularly mediocre, I realized it was time to apply it and try my hand at […]

December 14, 2016
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De Krans Tritonia White 2015

Calitzdorp cellar De Krans has shown some admirable innovation in recent times. The flagship Tritonia Red 2014, a blend of 67% Touriga Nacional, 22% Tinta Roriz, 6% Tinta Barocca and 5% Tinta Amarella (R160 a bottle) rated 87 on the 100-point quality scale in the Laurium Capital Signature Red Blend Report earlier this year and […]

December 13, 2016
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Recipe: Tapas

Perfect as a sundowner snack. Serves 4-6 Patatas bravas Ingredients: 3 tbsp (45ml) sunflower oil 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed salt and pepper 200g Napoli tomato sauce Method: Preheat oven to 220°C. Pour sunflower oil into a roasting tray and place in oven for five minutes or until piping hot. Remove from oven, add the […]

December 13, 2016
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