Recipe: Langoustines with garlic butter and herbed aioli

Ideal seaside holiday meal. Serves 4 Ingredients: For the grilled langoustines with garlic butter 4 x langoustines 100g butter 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 tbsp (15ml) parsley, chopped For the poached langoustines with herbed aioli 4 x langoustines 1l water 1 lemon, quartered 2 sprigs parsley 4 peppercorns 2 egg yolks 2 cloves of […]

November 29, 2016
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Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

The Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015 from Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley producer Newton Johnson is as accomplished as ever. Fermentation occurred spontaneously, the wine matured for 11 months in a combination of 228- and 500-litre French oak barrels, 27% new. On the nose, heady perfume – roses in full bloom, red cherry, cloves and other spice. […]

November 29, 2016
by Christian
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Bosman Family Vineyards Twyfeling Cinsaut 2015

It’s now pretty much certain that single-variety Cinsaut is no passing fad, Bosman Family Vineyards in Wellington yet another producer to come to market with a serious rendition of the variety. From bush vines planted in 2003, the wine was matured for 12 months in second- and third-fill 225-litre French oak barrels. The nose shows […]

November 29, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: In praise of Chenin Blanc

Oh, not another praise poem about chenin blanc, I hear you mutter. And bashfully acknowledge the unoriginality, and admit: oh, yes. Sometimes these things just strike us – and I’ve had recent opportunity to drink some varied, fine and interesting chenins (actually drink and not just taste – a comparatively arid experience). Mostly it was […]

November 28, 2016
by Tim James
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Kloovenburg Carignan 2015

At Kloovenburg in the Swartland, Carignan was planted in 2011 in order to provide a further component for the premium red blend called Eight Feet but winemaker Jolandie Fouché was so taken with what the 2015 harvest provided that she decided to make a small batch of single-variety wine – 30% whole bunch fermented, it […]

November 28, 2016
by Christian
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Kasteelberg Pinotage 2015

Kasteelberg is the reserve label of large-volume Swartland winery Riebeek Cellars and the Pinotage 2015 is well worth seeking out. Grapes from irrigated bush vines, the wine was matured for 12 months in French oak, partially new. On the nose, macerated cherry, flowers, earth and spice – just so typical of the area. The palate […]

November 28, 2016
by Christian
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Brutus Family Reserve Chardonnay 2016

Vivian Kleynhans (née Brutus) and siblings (six sisters and one brother) hail from West Coast fishing village Paternoster. They founded African Roots Wine Brands in 2005, the first label to be established being Seven Sisters, constituting various entry-level wines, total production now some 110 000 bottles. In 2009, the family was awarded a barren piece […]

November 27, 2016
by Christian
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Wine Enthusiast’s Best of the Year 2016 lists – how SA features

A few SA wines feature on the Best of the Year lists of US publication Wine Enthusiast. These are: The Enthusiast 100 of 2016 16th place: Mullineux Syrah 2014 – 94 points 85th place: DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014 – 93 points Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2016 64th place: A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red […]

November 25, 2016
by Christian
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