“Good enough isn’t good enough” is an aphorism that legendary South African creative Brian Searle-Tripp instilled in me during my studies at advertising school Red & Yellow in the 1990s and when my subsequent few years as a copywriter proved spectacularly mediocre, I realized it was time to apply it and try my hand at […]
Calitzdorp cellar De Krans has shown some admirable innovation in recent times. The flagship Tritonia Red 2014, a blend of 67% Touriga Nacional, 22% Tinta Roriz, 6% Tinta Barocca and 5% Tinta Amarella (R160 a bottle) rated 87 on the 100-point quality scale in the Laurium Capital Signature Red Blend Report earlier this year and […]
Perfect as a sundowner snack. Serves 4-6 Patatas bravas Ingredients: 3 tbsp (45ml) sunflower oil 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed salt and pepper 200g Napoli tomato sauce Method: Preheat oven to 220°C. Pour sunflower oil into a roasting tray and place in oven for five minutes or until piping hot. Remove from oven, add the […]
Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines and Morné Vrey of Delaire Graff Estate have joined the Cape Winemakers Guild, bringing total membership to 47. Membership is by invitation only and is extended to winemakers who have been responsible for the production of outstanding wines for a minimum of five years.
Which area in the Cape is doing best with shiraz? The Swartland would probably get some serious votes deservedly thrown its way, but so too should Stellenbosch, given the extraordinary rise in the quality of its shiraz in the last five to ten years: with improvements in existing labels as well as new ones. Stellenbosch […]
Neil Ellis Wines have traditionally been strictly according to the rules and hence about as reliable a wine investment as you can get but that all changes with the Op Sy Moer 2016 by Warren Ellis, a blend of 37% Palomino 33% Grenache Blanc and 30% Chenin Blanc from Piekenierskloof made with 15% whole bunch […]
Mariëtte Chenin Blanc 2015 is the flagship offering from Stofberg Family Vineyards, another of the Breedekloof producers intent on making a name with this particular variety. From a 33-year-old vineyard, the wine was fermented and matured for nine months in second-fill 225-litre barrels. The nose shows a little volatile acidity as well as notes of […]
Jessica Saurwein’s day job is managing sales and marketing for Stellenbosch property Kleinood but she’s also a trained winemaker and in 2015, she made a Pinot Noir from a Kaaimansgat vineyard near Villiersdorp, 18% whole bunch fermentation, nine months in French oak, a third new – just three barrels made. Very pretty aromatics with notes […]