Ashbourne Pinotage Cinsault 2017

Realising that Pinotage has gone largely overlooked by the Young Guns resident in the Swartland, Anthony Hamilton Russell and team have come up with an unwooded Pinotage Cinsault 2017 from that district and its delicious. An 80:20 blend, it’s an attractive deep purple in colour while the nose shows red cherry, floral fragrance and spice […]

October 3, 2017
by Christian
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Top seven wines of September 2017

Here are our seven most highly rated current-release wines of last month: David & Nadia Hoë-Steen Chenin Blanc 2016 – 97 (read original review here) Mullineux Schist “Roundstone” Syrah 2015 – 96 (read original review here) Sadie Family Wines The Old Vine Series ‘T Voetpad 2016 – 96 (read original review here) David & Nadia […]

October 2, 2017
by Christian
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Joostenberg The Family Blend 2016

The entry-level Family Blend 2015 from Joostenberg in Paarl was a decent enough drop (see here) but the 2016 is remarkable, offering some of the best quality relative to price to be had at the moment.  Whereas the 2015 was a blend of 91% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre and 4% Viognier, the 2016 is that much […]

October 2, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Two 19th Century Constantia labels considered

We’re so accustomed to paper labels on bottles these days (perhaps port and madeira are the only mainstream wines where some bottles still have words stencilled directly onto the bottle for primary communication of their contents) that it’s hard to think of a time when they didn’t exist. The crucial date seems to be around […]

October 2, 2017
by Tim James
with 4 Comments

Winemag.co.za turns three

Happy birthday to us! Wine magazine was published from October 1993 until September 2011, editor Christian Eedes and business manager Jacqueline Lahoud relaunching it on 1 October 2014 as Winemag.co.za which means we’re either three or 24 depending on how you look at it. It is our very great pleasure to cover everything to do […]

October 1, 2017
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction 2017 sales figures

Total sales amounted to R13 223 200 at the 33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction held yesterday, 2 962 cases (6 x 750ml equivalent) sold at an average price of R4 464 per case and an average price per bottle of R744. This compares to last year’s record sales of R13 833 200 for 2 […]

October 1, 2017
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Grangehurst 350 Celebration Vintage Pinotage 2009

According to Jan van Riebeek’s diary, wine was first made in the Cape on 2 February 1659. In 2009, Stellenbosch property Grangehurst harvested its Pinotage on 2 and 3 February and subsequently bottled a special cuvée to celebrate 350 years of wine in the Cape. Including 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, barrel maturation took 35 months. The […]

September 29, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: On creativity and courage

At the recent WineLand/Adams&Adams Seminar, the theme was “Leader of the Pack”. I’ve loosely covered the run-up to the day previously (see here) and while I’m going to take a pass on a detailed post-mortem, I do want focus on the one thing I took away from the day. It came from Andy Rice, who […]

September 29, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 1 Comment
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