David & Nadia new releases

It’s becoming clear that winemakers needed to be particularly shrewd in hot and dry 2016, a vintage with very little room for error. Get it right, however, and the resulting wines are particularly striking. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases from Swartland husband-and-wife team David and Nadia Sadie as follows: David & Nadia […]

June 12, 2017
by Christian
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Paul Cluver Estate Pinot Noir 2016

The shortcomings of cork as a wine closure – taint and random bottle oxidation – are pointed out ad nauseam by its detractors but the alternative which is screwcap has its own deficiency, which is that it tends to exacerbate reduction on a wine. The 2016 vintage of the Estate Pinot Noir from Paul Cluver […]

June 9, 2017
by Christian
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Two very prominent positions are open in the winelands – who’s going to fill them?

It’s been a helluva year for Tokara so far – the single best achiever at the 10 Year Old Wine Awards announced in April with three out of the 19 wines to rate 90-plus on the 100-point scale (these being the Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Chardonnay 2007 and Director’s Reserve Red 2007); the Reserve 2013 […]

June 8, 2017
by Christian
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Baleia Erhard Pinot Noir 2014

Originally grain and sheep farmers, the Joubert family established vineyards on their farm Dassieklip near the town of Vermaaklikheid on the Cape South Coast in 2009, a cellar in turn erected outside nearby Riversdale, and so Baleia Wines was born. Pinot Noir is a speciality and the current release 2014 is somewhat rustic but very […]

June 8, 2017
by Christian
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Thelema wins Sylvain barrel

Best wine overall in this year’s Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report (previously the Red Hot Wine Awards) was the Thelema Rabelais 2013 and the prize for producing this a 300-litre Selection range barrel from Tonnellerie Sylvain valued at approximately R12 400. Here Winemag.co.za editor Christian Eedes can be seen with  Marie Thomas, Sylvain’s sales manager […]

June 7, 2017
by Christian
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Malu Lambert: Interview with Ryan Mostert of Silwervis Wines

Ryan Mostert is the kind of guy that can’t help standing out.  Well, first off he’s tall. Then you’ll notice him for his enthusiasm, his ability to jump on the subject of wine and run with it. Add to that the eye-popping wine labels for Silwervis and Smiley (the recently launched Terracura Syrah’s branding a […]

June 7, 2017
by Malu Lambert
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Recipe: Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding

It’s a family favourite for good reason. Serves 4 Ingredients: 1.5kg prime rib roast, on the bone olive oil salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 carrots, roughly chopped 1 onion, quartered 1 leek, roughly chopped a few sprigs thyme 1 tbsp (15ml) flour ¼ cup (60ml) white wine 1 cup (250ml) beef stock For […]

June 7, 2017
by Christian
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Strydom Danièle Chenin Blanc 2016

With Rianie Strydom winemaker at Haskell Vineyards and husband Louis managing director at Ernie Els Wines, their respective credentials are well established and it is therefore comes as no surprise that their own wines under the family name are shaping well. The Rex 2014 rated 92 in the recent Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report, for instance, […]

June 7, 2017
by Christian
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