Tim James: On Palomino

  Having enthused recently about one unfashionable white grape, clairette blanche, showing small signs of a Cape comeback at an ambitious level (see here), I’m repeating the exercise with palomino. Though again, unfortunately, there’s no immediate prospect of encouraging people to go out and buy some: there’s extremely little around in bottle – as a […]

October 3, 2016
by Tim James
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Top four wines of September 2016

Here are our four most highly rated current-release wines of last month: AA Badenhorst Family Wines Raaigras Grenache 2015 – 96 (read original review here) Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve 1995 – 96 (read original review here) Boschkloof Epilogue Syrah 2014 – 96 (read original review here) Waterkloof Circumstance Syrah 2013 –  96 (read original review […]

October 3, 2016
by Christian
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Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction 2016 sales figures

Record sales were achieved at the 32nd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction held yesterday, these amounting to R13 833 200 for 2 428 cases, average price per case being R5 697 (average price per bottle: R950), an increase of almost 24% year on year. 84% of the wines were bought by local buyers and Tsogo Sun was the […]

October 2, 2016
by Christian
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Absa Top 5 Olive Oils 2016

The Absa Top 5 Olive Oil Awards were announced earlier this week, the winners as follows: Gabriëlskloof EVOO Greenleaf EVOO Kransfontein Coratina EVOO Marbrin Olive Growers Intense EVOO Willow Creek Directors’ Reserve EVOO SA Olive and Absa instituted the Top 5 competition in 2013 as an extension to the annual SA Olive Awards. The 20 […]

September 30, 2016
by Christian
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Elgin Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2009 – 2015

Yesterday, Brian and Marion Smith, the English couple who own Elgin Ridge, presented a vertical tasting of all vintages of their Sauvignon Blanc to date, a fascinating insight into how a winemaking vision evolves over time. Brian Smith says he finds too many local examples of Sauvignon Blanc excessively green and acidic and is trying […]

September 30, 2016
by Christian
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International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016 – trophy winners

Local wines to win varietal trophies at this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition were as follows: DeMoregenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 Nederburg Private Bin R163 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Neethlingshof Owl Post Pinotage 2014

September 29, 2016
by Christian
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World’s first Pinotage finish whisky launched

Local distiller Three Ships Whisky has launched the world’s first whisky finished in a cask previously used for the maturation of. With only 3500 bottles of the 4000 bottles available for purchase by the public, the Three Ships 15 Year Old Pinotage Cask Finish is the oldest whiskymade in South African to date. The grain […]

September 29, 2016
by Christian
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Buitenverwachting 1769 2014

The 1769 is Buitenverwachting’s answer to Vin de Constance from nearby Klein Constantia, a sweet wine from Muscat de Frontignan. Winemaker Brad Paton explains that he ferments on skins, maturation for the current-release 2014 lasting 10 months in 225-litre barrels, 5% new. On the nose, some citrus blossom before orange, apricot, caramel and some spice. […]

September 29, 2016
by Christian
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