Top six wines of February 2017

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 […]

March 1, 2017
by Christian
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Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2016

The Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc from Ken Forrester Vineyards in Stellenbosch has always offered extraordinary bang for your buck and the 2016 vintage is no different. Grapes from 37 year old vineyards, the wine was fermented in a combination of tank and barrel before nine months of maturation in French oak, 20% new. On […]

February 28, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Maanschijn and the continuing Cape wine revolution

And so the Cape wine revolution moves on, its energy undiminished, devouring the generations and bringing forth new ones. To the youngest people coming in as winemakers and viticulturists, Chris Alheit must seem like quite a senior figure in the industry and Eben Sadie a venerable one, if not exactly ancient – with André van […]

February 27, 2017
by Tim James
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Du Toitskloof Quest Heroes Journey 2 Rhône Blend 2012

Du Toitskloof in Rawsonville, which produces some 700 000 cases of own-label wine a year, recently launched a top-end range of wines under the Quest label, the stand-out wine among the current releases being the Rhône Blend 2012 (R160 a bottle). Consisting of 70% Shiraz and 30% Mourvèdre sourced from various vineyards in the Western […]

February 27, 2017
by Christian
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Wine listing fees: An example of a letter to producers

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 […]

February 23, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: The Missing Middle

Yesterday, a piece by Michael Fridjhon was posted which neatly summed up what I’ve been tripping over for a few years now. He described two distinct faces of our wine industry, and touched on the problem of very little wine media being in play. Upon reading this last night, I dumped my planned topic for […]

February 23, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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A.A. Badenhorst White 2015

It doesn’t get more involved than the White 2015 from Swartland producer A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines, a blend consisting of 20% Chenin Blanc, 13% each of Clairette, Roussanne and Verdelho, 9% each of Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris, 8% Marsanne, 7% Viognier, 5% Semillon and 3% Palomino. The end result is compelling. Aromatics of citrus […]

February 23, 2017
by Christian
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Buy now! Mature Morgenster available from Port2Port

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 […]

February 23, 2017
by Christian
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