Tim James: The year in review

The year seems to approach its weary end unusually quickly in Cape Town. Maybe it’s the bloody tourists. They’re already blocking the view of mountain and sea, drinking and flushing away all our water, and helping to clog up the roads mid-day, joined in the latter pursuit by the locals who usually swell the now […]

December 11, 2017
by Tim James
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One new Cape Winemakers Guild member announced

Warren Ellis of Neil Ellis Wines has joined the Cape Winemakers Guild, bringing total membership to 50 (Danie Steytler of Kaapzicht steps down as Producing Member of the Cape Winemakers Guild as of next year). Membership is by invitation only and is extended to winemakers who have been responsible for the production of outstanding wines […]

December 8, 2017
by Christian
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Olifantsberg Pinotage 2016

Worcester cellar Olifantsberg enjoys a growing reputation for quality – Silhouette 2013 was one of the top performers in this year’s Signature Red Blend Report with a rating of 92 on the 100-point quality scale as was the Blanc 2016 in the Cape White Blend Report with a score of 93. The Pinotage 2016, which […]

December 8, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: Why we drink what we drink

It has been quite a long and trying year, so instead of picking a fight or moaning about who did or didn’t do something right or wrong this time, maybe today we just ramble on about wine for a bit. It is, after all, the reason we’re all here. Wine is a very divisive thing […]

December 7, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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BLANKBottle Retirement at “65” 2016

This is a blend of mostly Darling Cinsault plus a little Grenache and Syrah, winemaker Pieter Walser having discovered an under-utilised 1951 vineyard of Cinsault, wine made from it for the first time in its 65th year of existence. The nose is very perfumed with notes of raspberry, cranberry, candy floss, geranium and fynbos while […]

December 7, 2017
by Christian
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Lismore Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The 2016 vintage of the Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc from Lismore in Greyton makes for a decadent drinking experience. The nose displays heady floral perfume plus white peach and a little leesy complexity while the palate is sweet, rich and smooth textured. It’s a wine of real heft and definitely not an aperitif. Approximate retail […]

December 7, 2017
by Christian
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Malu Lambert: Interview with Craig Hawkins of Testalonga

Craig Hawkins of Testalonga is this intangible mix of quirk and depth. Talking to him is like tumbling down the rabbit hole. You can’t quite put your finger on what he’s doing or how he’s doing it, but you know for sure you like it. “We make wines that we want to drink, and then […]

December 6, 2017
by Malu Lambert
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Radford Dale new releases

The Winery of Good Hope have added a top-end Gamay Noir, The Antidote 2017, to its Radford Dale range of wines, this prompting a tasting of a number of the current releases. Notes and ratings as follows: Radford Dale Thirst Clairette Blanche 2017 Price: R135 Some reduction on an otherwise shy nose. Indistinct citrus and […]

December 6, 2017
by Christian
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