Maanschijn Easy, Tiger Grenache Gris 2016

Maanschijn is the label belonging to youngsters Paul Hoogwerf and Doug Mylrea who make wine out a barn between Stanford and Hermanus (see Tim James’s write-up here). The Grenache Gris features some skin contact and appears pale amber in the glass. On the nose, apple and peach plus some hard-to-describe savoury character. The palate is […]

April 17, 2017
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Bosman Family Vineyards Fides 2015

Fides from Wellington producer Bosman Family Vineyards is by no means your standard “dry white” – from Grenache Blanc, it’s what gets dubbed “orange wine”, the process used to make it involving spontaneous fermentation on the skins, this lasting four weeks and then 20% of the wine matured in Russian oak. On the nose, potpourri, […]

April 14, 2017
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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2016

Exquisite. Just exquisite. Grapes from the two oldest vineyards on this Bot River property owned by the Beaumont family, one planted in 1974 and the other in 1978, fermentation occurred spontaneously in 400-litre French oak barrels, 22% new before 10 months of maturation. The nose is a glorious mélange of straw, apple, citrus, stone fruit […]

April 13, 2017
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Waterkloof Circumstance Syrah 2015

The Circumstance Syrah from Waterkloof in Somerset West goes largely unsung but I think it’s establishing itself as one of the best renditions in the country, the yet-to-be released 2015 a wonderfully elegant effort on the part of winemaker Nadia Barnard. Her approach was to apply 100% whole-bunch fermentation before maturation for 19 months in […]

April 12, 2017
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Waterkloof Sauvignon Blanc 2016

The Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is probably the best vintage yet from Somerset West property Waterkloof. Grapes from two 19-year-old vineyards farmed according to biodynamic methods, fermentation occurred spontaneously in old 600-litre barrels, this lasting six months before a further three months of maturation on the lees. There’s nothing obvious about nose or palate. Aromatically, there […]

April 12, 2017
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What constitutes “good” wine?

What constitutes “good” wine? It was a question I confronted yet again while officiating at the recent Wine Judging Academy, the annual three-day course convened by commentator Michael Fridjhon designed to hone critical sensibilities of wine professionals. As ever, those attending were all pretty good at forensic tasting, which is to say analysing what was […]

April 12, 2017
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Recipe: Salmon and basil pasta

Easy to prepare yet full flavoured. Serves 4 Ingredients: 350g penne pasta olive oil for frying 1 cup rosa tomatoes (12-15), halved 1 garlic clove, minced ½ cup (125ml) white wine or chicken stock 350g boneless, skinless salmon fillet, cut into bite-size pieces 2 tbsp (30ml) basil, chopped 1 tbsp (15ml) tarragon, chopped 2 tbsp […]

April 11, 2017
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Plaisir de Merle Charles Marais 2013

Distell might be undergoing a process of rationalisation (Le Bonheur sold last year and apparently Stellenzicht and Uitkyk also on the market) but the producer-wholesaler seems fully committed to Paarl property Plaisir de Merle, the maiden 2013 vintage of a deluxe red blend called Charles Marais launched yesterday. Consisting of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit […]

April 11, 2017
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