Malu Lambert: Interview with Rikus Neethling of Bizoe Wines

“I couldn’t get a job I really cared about,” says Rikus Neethling. So in 2008, when it was still not very much the norm for winemakers to do their own thing, he did. “I’d been at a co-op and there just wasn’t any passion not that we didn’t make good wines.” This time would prove […]

August 8, 2017
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Recipe: Goulash soup with spinach and peas

Hungry? Hungary has the answer. Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil 2 onions, finely chopped 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped 2 celery sticks, finely sliced 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 tbsp (15ml) paprika 600g beef goulash, cubed salt and freshly ground pepper pinch of dried chilli flakes (optional) 1 tbsp (15ml) […]

August 8, 2017
by Christian
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Trizanne Signature Wines Syrah Reserve 2016

By working with Elim vineyards to make her Syrah Reserve, Trizanne Barnard of Trizanne Signature Wines says she is looking for a counterpoint to the warm-climate examples of the variety which predominate and the wine certainly is less powerful than many. In the case of the 2016, the wine shows a reductive top note before […]

August 8, 2017
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The Old Vine Series Treinspoor 2016

The 2016 vintage of Treinspoor, the Tinta Barocca as made by Eben Sadie from a Swartland vineyard planted in 1974, seems more well behaved and less fringe than some of its predecessors. On the nose, notes of scrub, red and black fruit, black olive and cured meat – all quite subtle and alluring. The palate […]

August 7, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: The great cork-screwcap debate revisited

I don’t think I’ve ever written about the great cork-screwcap debate without dithering somewhat. Probably I could sum up my attitude by saying that if I were buying Sadie or Boekenhoutskloof wines and was offered the choice of the wine under screwcap or (good quality) cork, I’d go for the latter – the natural ones […]

August 7, 2017
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Some insights from the HelloMerlot workshop

  On Friday, a workshop organized by the Merlot Forum or HelloMerlot as this producer body will be known going forwards. Guest speaker was Olivier Berrouet of Chateau Petrus in Pomerol who when asked for advice on how to improve the quality of local Merlot replied as follows: “You are the beginning of writing your […]

August 7, 2017
by Christian
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The Old Vine Series Skerpioen 2016

The 2016 vintage was hot and dry and this wine from a Swartland field blend of Chenin Blanc and Palomino planted between 1958 and 1967 appears a little more rounded out than some of its predecessors. The nose shows top notes of herbs and talcum powder before citrus, white peach and apple. The palate has […]

August 4, 2017
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Absa Top 10 Pinotage Competition 2017 winners

Results of the 21st annual Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition have just been announced, the winners as follows: Delheim 2012 Diemersfontein Carpe Diem Reserve 2015 Flagstone Writer’s Block Single Vineyard 2015 Kanonkop 2012 Lanzerac Pionier 2014 Môreson MKM 2015 Niel Ellis Bottelary Hills 2015 Stellenbosch Vineyards Bushvine 2015 La Cave 2016 Windmeul Reserve 2015 The […]

August 3, 2017
by Christian
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