Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2017

The sixth annual Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2017 is now out. Special acknowledgements as follows: Winemakers of the year: Chris and Andrea Mullineux Young Winemaker of the year: Mark Le Roux of Wateford Winemaking Legend: Neil Ellis Overall White Wine of the Year: Sadie Family Kokerboom 2016 Overall Red Wine of the Year: […]

September 13, 2017
by Christian
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Mullineux Essence 2012

Andrea Mullinuex says of her fixation with straw wine that it is an effort to “showcase the sun” – botrytis is difficult to obtain locally while harvesting late means forfeiting acidity so instead she opts for grapes that have been dried which has the effect of “concentrating everything”. Mullineux Essence 2012 is from Chenin Blanc […]

September 13, 2017
by Christian
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Lowerland Tolbos Tannat 2016

Jancis Robinson terms Tannat a “tannic monster” while winemaker Lukas van Loggerenberg says it’s got “ballas”. The Lowerland Tolbos 2016 as crafted by Van Loggerenberg from grapes grown by friend Bertie Coetzee on his farm in Prieska, Norther Cape is, however, not nearly as intimidating as the above descriptions might lead you to think. Aromatically, […]

September 12, 2017
by Christian
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Mullineux Single Terroir new releases

It’s fascinating how different winemakers react to the Western Cape’s extended drought, Andrea and Chris Mullineux’s Single Terroir wines seemingly as assured as ever. Mullineux Granite Chenin Blanc 2016 Wine Cellar price: R530 Grapes from two Paardeberg vineyards. A top note of fresh herbs before white peach and yellow earth on the nose. Great fruit […]

September 12, 2017
by Christian
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Prescient Chardonnay Report 2017: Call for entries

In conjunction with multinational financial services company Prescient, Winemag.co.za is pleased to announce the seventh annual Chardonnay Report. Wines will be tasted blind by a three-person panel consisting of Christian Eedes as chairman as well as Roland Peens and James Pietersen, both of Wine Cellar, Cape Town merchants and cellarers of fine wine. An entry […]

September 11, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: SA’s best Syrah – not limited to the Swartland

I started pondering the state of syrah across the Cape regions when I read Christian Eedes’s recent remark that “the Swartland has pretty much taken ownership of top-end Syrah”. Fond and admiring as I am of the Swartland, that didn’t strike me as totally true: I think, rather, of syrah as the variety that perhaps […]

September 11, 2017
by Tim James
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David & Nadia Old Bush Vines Authentic Series 2016

The 2016 vintage marks the third time these single-vineyard wines from David and Nadia Sadie have been made and seem to get more accomplished each year. Hoë Steen Chenin Blanc 2016 Price: R550 a bottle From a 1966 vineyard planted on mixed soils between Malmesbury and Darling. A haunting nose of pear, white peach, dried […]

September 11, 2017
by Christian
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Malu Lambert: Interview with Koen Roose of Spioenkop

Koen Roose is sitting inside his Elgin cellar at a wooden bench, stirring a bentonite mixture with an oversize whisk. I ask him what wine the fining agent is for. Cracking a big smile, he says “The Riesling 2017, can you believe it!” “Come, come,” he says in Flemish-accented English, hauling himself up and me […]

September 10, 2017
by Malu Lambert
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