De Toren Fusion V 2014

Fusion V from Stellenbosch property De Toren has a reputation for being luxuriously styled, which is to say very dense and plush, but I have to say I found the current-release 2014 less overblown than I expected. A five-way blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon at 53%, it has an attractive nose of red and black […]

February 1, 2017
by Christian
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Top three wines of January 2017

Here are our three most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Intellego Kolbroek Syrah 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Mulderbosch 1000 Miles Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – 94 (read original review here) Reyneke Reserve Red 2014 – 94 (read original review here)

February 1, 2017
by Christian
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The difficulty with terroir

The fourth annual Hemel en Aarde Winegrowers Pinot Noir Celebration has just been concluded, the fundamental point of debate being whether or not the creation of the three wine wards of Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge corresponded to discernible differences in the respective wines. Underlying all of this, the notion of terroir […]

February 1, 2017
by Christian
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Recipe: Beer-battered fish and chips

Featuring a deliciously light and crispy batter. Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 x 180g hake salt and freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup (60ml) flour, for dusting lemon wedges, for serving For the batter: 1 cup (250ml) flour ¼ cup (60ml) corn flour ½ tsp (2.5ml) bicarbonate of soda salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 […]

January 31, 2017
by Christian
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Hemel-en-Aarde Winegrowers Pinot Noir Celebration 2017 – ratings

The 2015 vintage in the three Hemel-en-Aarde wards was early, grapes harvested in particularly good condition by all accounts and this shows in the end-wines, these having particularly purity and clarity compared to 2014. Ratings based on the tasting at the recent Hemel-en-Aarde Winegrowers Pinot Noir Celebration 2017 as follows: Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Hamilton Russell Vineyards […]

January 30, 2017
by Christian
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Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2016

Only Anthony Hamilton Russell of Hamilton Russell Vineyards would be mildly dismissive of his own wine rating 5 Stars in Platter’s but that’s precisely the impression he gave when discussing the 2015 at the recent Hemel-en-Aarede Winegrowers Pinot Celebration, his comment being that it was particularly “commercial” on account of how generous the fruit appears […]

January 30, 2017
by Christian
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Win two tickets to the Stellenbosch Wine Festival plus a mixed case of Bordeaux-style red wines. Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay takes place from 24 to 26 February 2017 at the Coetzenburg Sports Grounds. This year’s event sees the launch of the Wine Library where you can attend a session with a […]

January 30, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Pinot noir and terroir in the Hemel en Aarde

Where there’s talk of pinot noir, there’s talk of terroir, and the influence of soil, sun and slope on perhaps the most expressively transparent of black grapes. Inevitably, there was much discussion of this at the annual Hemel en Aarde Winegrowers Association Pinot Noir Celebration, held in the eponymous valley last Friday and Saturday. It […]

January 30, 2017
by Tim James
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