Botanica Mary Delany Collection Chenin Blanc 2015

From the Citrusdal Mountain ward which also supplies grapes for the likes of Alheit Vineyards’ Magnetic North Mountain Makstok and The Sadie Family’s Skurfberg, the Botanica Mary Delany Collection Chenin Blanc from Ginny Povall has many fans, the 2015 currently available from Wine Cellar at R280 a bottle. On the nose, lemon and orange, stone […]

May 18, 2017
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Wine listing fees: As applied by Harbour House Group

Wine listing fees charged by restaurants – at least distasteful if not outright illegal – continues unabated. Winemag.co.za condemns the practice and urges all wine producers to resist paying them while we will also continue to expose restaurants who solicit such fees – the only way the situation is going to be addressed is to […]

May 17, 2017
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Meerlust Rubicon 2014

The 2014 vintage was generally considered difficult in Stellenbosch on account of untimely rain which led to uneven ripening but many of the wines have turned out just fine, perhaps on the basis that adversity compels winemakers to be more resourceful. The Rubicon 2014 from Meerlust is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, […]

May 17, 2017
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Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2013

One is inclined to think of the Bordeaux-style red blend that is Paul Sauer from Stellenbosch property Kanonkop as the epitome of elegance and restraint but the 2013 is a bit of a bruiser. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 12% Merlot, it was matured in 100% new oak for 24 […]

May 17, 2017
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Concours Mondial 2017 Results

The 2017 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles was held over 5 to 7 May in Valladolid, Spain and attracted 9 080 wines from 50 producer countries. Results were announced recently and top performing South African wines were as follows: Grand Gold None Gold Asara Bell Tower 2012 Beyerskloof Synergy Boschendal Lanoy 2015 Cederberg Five Generations Cabernet […]

May 16, 2017
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Stand Alone Pinot Noir 2014

Alexander Grier, assistant winemaker at La Vierge, has done a good job with the maiden 2014 vintage of his own-label Stand Alone Pinot Noir [correction: Grier left La Vierge for Villiera at the end of April]. Grapes from the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, the wine went through spontaneous fermentation with 20% whole bunch, maturation lasting 10 […]

May 16, 2017
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Win a six-bottle case of Thelema Shiraz 2013, a six-bottle case of Sutherland Syrah 2012 AND tickets for two to the Shiraz & Charcturie Festival 2017, worth R220 each. Explore the impact of different sites on the same variety – acclaimed cellar Thelema makes two versions of Shiraz/Syrah, one from Stellenbosch and the other from […]

May 15, 2017
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Q&A: Thelema’s Rudi Schultz on Shiraz

Thelema, situated on the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch, is a family owned and managed wine estate and the home of Thelema and Sutherland Vineyards wines, the latter from Elgin grapes. Rudi Schultz has been winemaker there since 2000 and we spoke to him about his experience working with Shiraz. Thelema is known for its Cabernet […]

May 15, 2017
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