Michael Fridjhon: SA wine’s ongoing lack of transformation

I was privileged to attend a pre-release showing of a documentary entitled “The Colour of Wine” which dealt with the first very tentative steps towards transformation within the wine industry in the decade following the 1994 election. Directed by Akin Omotoso, an award winning film-maker whose technique here is to juxtapose interviews with many of […]

September 27, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
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Recipe: Seared tuna steaks with soy and mirin

Easy enough for a weeknight, special enough for company. Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 x 150g tuna steaks 1 egg white 3 tbsp (45ml) sesame seeds Vegetable oil 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 chilli, deseeded and finely sliced 1 knob of ginger, peeled and grated ¼ cup (60ml) mirin ¼ cup (60ml) soy sauce Juice […]

September 26, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

The Foundry Roussanne 2016

Local plantings of Roussanne went from  11ha in 2006 to 75.5ha at the end of 2016, it’s propagation here presumably on account of its propensity to perform well in hot climate conditions as demonstrated in the southern Rhône appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The Foundry is the own label of Meerlust winemaker Chris Williams and his Roussanne […]

September 26, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Tim James: La Motte Hanneli R 2012 and the importance of bottle maturation

Let me start with a generalised conclusion – one which shouldn’t need underlining but I’m afraid does. That is: if you’re going to spend a lot of money on a genuinely grand wine and you drink it too young, you’re wasting a lot of your money, and would probably get more sensual pleasure from a […]

September 25, 2017
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2016

There are stacks and stacks of damn tasty, cheap as chips Chenin Blanc from the Swartland, whether it be from the large-scale Riebeek Cellars or a medium-sized operation Babylon’s Peak so how to add a little value and charge a  little more? The Spice Route 2016 is an interesting case study. Grapes for this wine […]

September 25, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

MR de Compostella 2015

It takes supreme confidence in your intrinsic quality and a particular sense of marketing showmanship to put your wine up against acknowledged Old World benchmarks but that’s exactly what Bruwer Raats and Mzp Mvemve of MR de Compostella did in launching the 2015 vintage. 20 individuals including trade and loyal private buyers were invited to […]

September 22, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

A.A. Badenhorst new releases

On a recent visit to the Swartland, some smart new wines from the perennial maverick Adi Badenhorst. A.A. Badenhorst The Golden Slopes Chenin Blanc 2016 Price: R250 Made instead of Dassiekop Steen from a 1966 vineyard, winemaker Adi Badenhorst says his “focus is not to focus” which means constantly exploring what his Swartland property has […]

September 21, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Mullineux Syrah 2015

Grapes for this wine from Andrea and Chris Mullineux come from seven different vineyards planted variously on schist, granite and iron soils across the Swartland. Fermentation was 50% whole-bunch and maturation lasted 14 months in a combination of 225-litre and 500-litre barrels plus 2000-litre foudre, 15% new. Total production is 31 560 bottles and 580 […]

September 20, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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