Derek Kilpin: What does the future hold for Burgundy?

As the local fine wine importer that is Great Domaines, we have travelled to Burgundy every year since 1999 to taste the new vintages straight from barrel. Our most recent trip in December last year revealed some significant changes are afoot which we will have far-reaching consequences for Burgundy lovers. Back in the early days, […]

April 5, 2017
by Derek Kilpin
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Carinus Family Vineyards Rooidraai Chenin Blanc 2016

Danie and Hugo Carinus have taken some liberty in calling their wine label Carinus Family Vineyards in that they are only very distantly related. They are, however, good friends and grape growers who supply some of the leading producers in the country from vineyards situated in Devon Valley, Polkadraai and the Swartland. Their label has […]

April 5, 2017
by Christian
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Alvi’s Drift Verreaux Pinotage 2013

Alvi’s Drift Private Cellar takes its name from the low-water bridge crossing the Breede River on the Van der Merwe family farm outside Worcester. The property is 7 000ha in size, 410ha under vineyard with medical doctor Alvi and former Distell head winemaker Linley Schultz heading up winemaking. Pinotage is claimed as a specialty and […]

April 4, 2017
by Christian
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Shannon Vineyards Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc from Shannon Vineyards in Elgin is now well established as one of the more refined and stylish examples of the variety around. As is customary, the newly released 2016 contains a 10% portion of Semillon, which underwent spontaneous fermentation and maturation for three months in new oak, this providing extra […]

April 4, 2017
by Christian
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Fairview Old Paarl Bushvines Cinsault 2016

And now Fairview also comes to the Cinsaut/Cinsault party with this 2016 from Paarl vineyards over 30 years in age, winemaking involving fermentation in open-top oak fermenters, 20% whole bunch before 10 months of maturation in third- and fourth-fill barrels. On the nose, a hint of lavender before black cherry, earth and spice. The palate […]

April 3, 2017
by Christian
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Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Cinsault 2016

Cinsaut/Cinsault’s shift from fringe to mainstream continues apace with the Cellar Selection 2016 from Kleine Zalze selling for R67 a bottle. From a combination of Darling and Paardeberg grapes, the wine saw no oak in its production. On the nose, some floral fragrance and candy floss before red cherry and strawberry while the palate displays […]

April 3, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: Why genetic engineering is not all bad

My previous post on pesticides attracted some interest, so I wanted to follow up with simple to digest bits about the upsides of genetic engineering. I’ll tie it back to why it might eventually be a critical technology for application in the vineyards too (since this is WineMag). Pass the smelling salts for everyone who […]

April 3, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Tim James: On SA’s oldest red-wine vineyard

Around 120 years ago – let’s say in 1900, to fit with the formal record, though that was made later – a vineyard was planted on the outskirts of Wellington, alongside the dirt road down which ox-wagons laboured into town. The first and unanswerable question is – why? These were bad times in the Cape […]

April 3, 2017
by Tim James
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