Top seven wines of October 2016

Here are our seven most highly rated current-release wines of last month: JC Wickens Swerwer 2015 – 96 (read original review here) AA Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2014 – 95 (read original review here) DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Kershaw […]

November 1, 2016
by Christian
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Recipe: Steamed artichokes with a balsamic and olive oil dressing

One of the most intriguing vegetables out there. Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 fresh artichokes, washed well under cold running water 3 tbsp (45ml) water ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil 2 tbsp (30ml) balsamic vinegar salt and freshly ground pepper Method: Place artichokes into a heavy-based saucepan and add water, olive oil and vinegar. Season well […]

November 1, 2016
by Christian
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Platter’s 2017

Major achievers in Platter’s 2017: White Wine of the Year: Stellenrust 51 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015 Red Wine of the Year: The Winery of Good Hope Radford Dale Black Rock 2014 Sweet Wine of the Year: Mullineux & Leeu Straw Wine 2015 Winery of the Year: Nederburg Wines Wineries are assigned an individual taster […]

October 31, 2016
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: It’s not all bad news

It feels like everyone I know is collectively suffering from that special brand of fatigue that sets in around October. End-of-year-itis. My mind keeps conjuring up an image of a wet rag being wound up tightly and every last drop wrung out. That sums up what this year is doing to me right now. I’m […]

October 31, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Tim James: A visit to Oldenburg

Come over the Helshoogte Pass from Stellenbosch, past Thelema, Tokara and Delaire on the crest, and there’s the lovely Banghoek Valley around you as you plunge down towards Pniel – with Franschhoek often enough as your goal. Banghoek (some prefer to drop the G and speak of Banhoek) is a ward in in its own […]

October 31, 2016
by Tim James
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Newton Johnson Full Stop Rock 2014

While the various Hemel-en-Aarde wards are most commonly associated with grapes traditionally associated with Burgundy in the form of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Newton Johnson are pushing stylistic boundaries by also working with varieties that affiliated to the Rhône. Granum is this cellar’s top-tier Rhône-style red blend, the 2014 which contains 88% Syrah and 12% […]

October 31, 2016
by Christian
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Sutherland Viognier Roussanne 2014

The white blend that is VR from Thelema’s Elgin property called Sutherland deserves to have a cult following. The newly released 2014 is once again super-tasty as well as coming in at a pocket-friendly R125 a bottle. A 50:50 blend of Viognier and Roussanne, the wine was fermented and matured for 10 months in second- […]

October 29, 2016
by Christian
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Rietvallei JMB Cabernet Franc 2013

Cabernet Franc devotees shouldn’t overlook the JMB 2013 from Rietvallei in Robertson. Matured for 26 months in 100% new oak, it’s none too slight but in the end works very well. On the nose, red and black fruit, a herbaceous note in the best sense plus pencil shavings and oak spice. The palate is intensely […]

October 28, 2016
by Christian
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