Shannon Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc from Shannon Vineyards in Elgin is now well established as one of the more refined and stylish examples of the variety around. As is customary, the newly released 2016 contains a 10% portion of Semillon, which underwent spontaneous fermentation and maturation for three months in new oak, this providing extra […]

April 4, 2017
by Christian
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Fairview Old Paarl Bushvines Cinsault 2016

And now Fairview also comes to the Cinsaut/Cinsault party with this 2016 from Paarl vineyards over 30 years in age, winemaking involving fermentation in open-top oak fermenters, 20% whole bunch before 10 months of maturation in third- and fourth-fill barrels. On the nose, a hint of lavender before black cherry, earth and spice. The palate […]

April 3, 2017
by Christian
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Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Cinsault 2016

Cinsaut/Cinsault’s shift from fringe to mainstream continues apace with the Cellar Selection 2016 from Kleine Zalze selling for R67 a bottle. From a combination of Darling and Paardeberg grapes, the wine saw no oak in its production. On the nose, some floral fragrance and candy floss before red cherry and strawberry while the palate displays […]

April 3, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: Why genetic engineering is not all bad

My previous post on pesticides attracted some interest, so I wanted to follow up with simple to digest bits about the upsides of genetic engineering. I’ll tie it back to why it might eventually be a critical technology for application in the vineyards too (since this is WineMag). Pass the smelling salts for everyone who […]

April 3, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Tim James: On SA’s oldest red-wine vineyard

Around 120 years ago – let’s say in 1900, to fit with the formal record, though that was made later – a vineyard was planted on the outskirts of Wellington, alongside the dirt road down which ox-wagons laboured into town. The first and unanswerable question is – why? These were bad times in the Cape […]

April 3, 2017
by Tim James
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Top three wines of March 2017

Here are our three most highly rated current-release wines of last month: De Grendel Op die Berg Pinot Noir 2013 – 95 (read original review here) Leeu Passant Dry Red Wine 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2015 – 95 (read original review here)

April 1, 2017
by Christian
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Some thoughts on the Wine Label Design Awards

It’s difficult to be optimistic on a morning when you awake to find that President Zuma has administered a cabinet reshuffle that only bodes ill but the results of the third annual Wine Label Design Awards sponsored by Rotolabel announced earlier in the week  suggested in some small way that the future for South Africa […]

April 1, 2017
by Christian
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Paul Roos Die Filantroop 2015

Paul Roos Farming is a BEE project in Stellenbosch, sales of the wines made under this label providing funding for education of the workers’ children. Paul Roos Die Skoolhoof 2015 Price: R225 76% Chenin Blanc, 24% Chardonnay. Spontaneous fermentation in 300-litre barrels, 18% new. A subtle nose of citrus and peach, ginger and spice plus […]

March 31, 2017
by Christian
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