Marthélize Tredoux: On moving SA wine forward

As we approach the end of the year, I feel like I’ve run out of topics to tackle. Calendar-induced writer’s block. I glance back at some of the issues discussed since January – both that I’ve written and those of others – to try and pinpoint what’s still relevant, what will still be relevant in […]

October 25, 2017
by Christian
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Recipe: Thai Steamed Clams

Everything that’s great about Thai food – aromatic and spicy. Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 kg frozen clams 1 tbsp (15ml) sunflower oil 1 onion, finely chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 2 stalks lemongrass, outer layers removed and finely chopped 1 knob ginger, peeled and grated 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 1 tbsp […]

October 24, 2017
by Christian
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Thistle & Weed Nastergal 2016

Thistle & Weed is the own label jointly belonging to Fairview winemaker Stephanie Wiid and Delheim viticulturist Etienne Terblanche, their maiden Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc 2016 proving delicious when tasted earlier in the year (see here). They have subsequently released a 2016 red called Nastergal, a blend of Tempranillo and Alicante Bouschet (the latter noteworthy because […]

October 24, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: On Rosé

Rosé still seems to rate as an international success story. In Britain, apparently, summer sales have been boosted by the popularity of a drink called frosé – an icy sweet slush made by freezing rosé with lemon juice and sugar. That doesn’t sound like a challlenge to pink wine’s generally rather girly image, yet there […]

October 23, 2017
by Tim James
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Boschendal Heritage Collection

Boschendal has two new wines “marking the pinnacle of [it’s] portfolio” to be known as the Heritage Collection, tasting notes and ratings below: Boschendal Grande Syrah 2014 Price: TBC Grapes from an unirrigated Helderberg vineyard. Matured for 15 months in 300-litre barrels, 40% new. Red and black fruit, lilies and pepper on the nose. Full […]

October 23, 2017
by Christian
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Cape Bordeaux Red Blend comparative tasting

To mark the upcoming launch of Series C 2015 from Vilafonté, a blind tasting was convened which would see it included in a line-up next to nine of its more notable peers. Vilafonté is of, course, the Paarl property jointly owned by Warwick’s Mike Ratcliffe and eminent US wine personalities Phil Freese and Zelma Long. […]

October 20, 2017
by Christian
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Durbanville Hills The Tangram White 2016

The Tangram White 2016 is Durbanville Hill’s first commercial release of a Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend and it’s smart. Consisting of 88% Sauvignon Blanc and 12% Semillon, maturation lasted 10 months in 300-, 500- and 600-litre barrels, a combination of new and used. The nose shows blackcurrant, white peach and naartjie while the palate is rich […]

October 19, 2017
by Christian
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The Prescient Chardonnay Report 2017

The seventh annual Chardonnay Report sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. There were 91 entries from 63 producers and these were tasted blind (labels out of sight) by a three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Wines to rate 90 or higher were as follows: 95 Delaire Graff […]

October 18, 2017
by Christian
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