Tim James: Platter’s and the need for an organ of record

For some people, Platter’s South African Wine Guide is mostly a useful set of addresses and maps. For others (more, I trust) it’s a useful overview of achievements – though as challengeable in its judgements as any guide to something as much a matter of taste as wine is. And for some, Platter is fatally […]

November 21, 2016
by Tim James
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Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards 2016

The top 10 restaurants for 2016 according to the guide Eat Out are: 1. The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town) 2. La Colombe (Constantia, Cape Town) 3. The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West) 4. The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français (Franschhoek) 5. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria) 6. Overture (Stellenbosch) 7. Greenhouse […]

November 21, 2016
by Christian
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Diners Club Winemaker of the Year 2016

Announced last night. Young Winemaker of the Year: Murray Barlow – Rustenburg RM Nicholson 2015 (category: any white wine) Winemaker of the Year: Pierre Wahl – Rijk’s Private Cellar Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2014 (category: Chenin Blanc)

November 20, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Bosman Family Vinyards receives international recognition for ethical business practices

Earlier this week, UK magazine The Drinks Business announced that Wellington winery Bosman Family Vineyards had won the title of Ethical Company of the Year as part of its Green Business Awards. With an ownership of a full 26% of the entire business, a solid skills transfer system and numerous social projects, the workers are […]

November 18, 2016
by Christian
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Eden Cabernet Franc 2014

Eden is the name that Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines has given to two wines off plantings on his Vlaeberg Road property – he established 0.2ha of Cabernet Franc and 0.6ha of Chenin Blanc in 2008 opting for high-density and each vine individually staked. For all the excitement about old vines, Raats says by […]

November 17, 2016
by Christian
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Raats Cabernet Franc 2014

Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines comments that 2014 was a cooler vintage facilitating longer hang-time and this has resulted in his Cabernet Franc from that year looking particularly statuesque. From two Stellenbosch vineyards, one in Polkadraai and the other on the Simonsberg, the wine was matured for 18 months in French oak, 25% each […]

November 17, 2016
by Christian
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Mount Abora Koggelbos Chenin Blanc 2014

The Koggelbos 2014 from Mount Abora, an oxidatively made Swartland Chenin, is pretty out there. Deep yellow in colour, the nose shows dried stone fruit, honey, a hint of earth and some leesy complexity. The palate is extraordinarily rich and flavourful (despite a relatively low alcohol of 13%) with nicely coated acidity. Lots to like […]

November 16, 2016
by Christian
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Chardonnay: The chameleon of viticulture

Jay McInerney, the keynote speaker at this year’s Celebration of Chardonnay hosted as always by De Wetshof, is a US writer who made his name with a 1984 novel entitled “Bright Lights, Big City”, which features “a cocaine-using party-goer seeking to lose himself in the hedonism of the 1980s yuppie party scene”. What would the […]

November 16, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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