Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah 2015

The 2015 vintage of Epilogue Syrah from Boschkloof in Stellenbosch seems altogether more sleek and powerful than the stand-out 2014. The nose is rather heady with notes of red and black fruit, a definite herbal quality, almost minty in its intensity, floral perfume, liquorice and spice. The palate, meanwhile, is dense and deep with plenty […]

September 28, 2017
by Christian
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The Old Vine Series ‘T Voetpad 2016

A Swartland field blend of Chenin Blanc, Muscat, Palomino, Semillon and Semillon Gris, planted in stages from 1900 to 1928. A nose of mesmerizing complexity: citrus, stone fruit and melon plus hay, fennel, earth, ginger and other spice plus just a hint of yeasty complexity. The palate has excellent weight and texture, perhaps a little […]

September 27, 2017
by Christian
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Will the Old Vine Project succeed?

Will the Old Vine Project, the Johann Rupert-funded project to preserve vineyards 35 years and older, succeed? Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines caused a stir recently when he argued in an article in Wineland magazine that old vines should not necessarily be prized as many were planted during an era when mass production rather […]

September 27, 2017
by Christian
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Michael Fridjhon: SA wine’s ongoing lack of transformation

I was privileged to attend a pre-release showing of a documentary entitled “The Colour of Wine” which dealt with the first very tentative steps towards transformation within the wine industry in the decade following the 1994 election. Directed by Akin Omotoso, an award winning film-maker whose technique here is to juxtapose interviews with many of […]

September 27, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
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Recipe: Seared tuna steaks with soy and mirin

Easy enough for a weeknight, special enough for company. Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 x 150g tuna steaks 1 egg white 3 tbsp (45ml) sesame seeds Vegetable oil 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 chilli, deseeded and finely sliced 1 knob of ginger, peeled and grated ¼ cup (60ml) mirin ¼ cup (60ml) soy sauce Juice […]

September 26, 2017
by Christian
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The Foundry Roussanne 2016

Local plantings of Roussanne went from  11ha in 2006 to 75.5ha at the end of 2016, it’s propagation here presumably on account of its propensity to perform well in hot climate conditions as demonstrated in the southern Rhône appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The Foundry is the own label of Meerlust winemaker Chris Williams and his Roussanne […]

September 26, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: La Motte Hanneli R 2012 and the importance of bottle maturation

Let me start with a generalised conclusion – one which shouldn’t need underlining but I’m afraid does. That is: if you’re going to spend a lot of money on a genuinely grand wine and you drink it too young, you’re wasting a lot of your money, and would probably get more sensual pleasure from a […]

September 25, 2017
by Tim James
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Spice Route Chenin Blanc 2016

There are stacks and stacks of damn tasty, cheap as chips Chenin Blanc from the Swartland, whether it be from the large-scale Riebeek Cellars or a medium-sized operation Babylon’s Peak so how to add a little value and charge a  little more? The Spice Route 2016 is an interesting case study. Grapes for this wine […]

September 25, 2017
by Christian
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