Ataraxia’s Kevin Grant rethinks the red blend

Back in February, Pretoria-based lawyer and wine enthusiast Johan Smuts exhorted me and colleague Tim James on Twitter to review the 2014 and 2015 vintages of the red blend known as Serenity as made by Kevin Grant under his Ataraxia label. The wines were dispatched, Grant including the as yet unreleased 2016 in order to […]

March 15, 2017
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Craven Faure Vineyard Syrah 2016

Mick and Jeanine Craven of Craven Wines differentiate themselves by working exclusively with vineyards in the very grand appellation which is Stellenbosch but then apply resolutely new-wave methodology – early picking and very often whole-bunch fermentation being particular hallmarks of their approach. Tasting notes and ratings for the soon-to-be-released 2016s as follows: Craven Clairette Blanche […]

March 14, 2017
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Recipe: Chicken Ceasar sandwich

Easy to prepare, this low GI meal makes for a healthy summertime lunch. Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 chicken breast fillets, skinless 2 tsp (10ml) olive oil salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 slices low GI bread (soy and linseed) 2 cos lettuces (or baby gem) For the dressing: 1 clove of garlic, crushed 2 […]

March 14, 2017
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Villiera Bush Vine Blanc Fumé 2016

The Bush Vine Blanc Fumé 2016 from Villiera is not to be trifled with. From an older block planted to the famed weather station clone of Sauvignon Blanc, juice was partially fermentation was begun in an egg-shaped tank, a portion left on the skins, before being transferred for three months of maturation in barrel, 50% […]

March 13, 2017
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Tim James: Abrie Beeslaar and his various takes on Pinotage

Pinotage, so long the prisoner of its own conservative socio-cultural significance (as well as of inappropriate sites and winemaking), is starting to appear in more modern Cape guise – with fresh, exciting versions from Fram, David & Nadia, B Vintners and Spioenkop, for example. But the grape has no more eloquent expression, I’d suggest, than […]

March 13, 2017
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Avondale Samsara Syah 2009

Jonathan Grieve, owner and manager of Paarl property Avondale, has a policy of delaying the release of his red wines, the 2009 vintage of the Samsara Syrah having just gone on sale. Part of his approach to winemaking is to employ warmer ferments and longer skin contact than is usual, thereby dispensing with primary fruit […]

March 10, 2017
by Christian
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Distell’s head winemaker departs

Breaking news is that Distell’s head winemaker Razvan Macici has left the company with immediate effect. He took the position in July 2015 after having previously served as Nederburg winemaker since 2001. Asked for comment, he said he was “legally bound” not to go into detail – given that harvest is in full swing, it […]

March 10, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: The science behind herbicides and pesticides

This week I want everyone to buckle up for a quick science lesson. In the conventional versus organic farming debate, I keep seeing basic terms used, abused and misappropriated – more often than not to push an agenda. So for the sake of all that is accurate (and by extension to me as a scientist, […]

March 10, 2017
by Christian
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