Yesterday a visit to The Mentors cellar at KWV in Paarl, a facility fulfilling the dual purposes of top-end quality as well as research and development. Built five years ago, it features modern technology and receives only the best parcels of fruit, some 300 tons of grapes being processed annually compared to KWV’s total of […]
With a more responsible attitude to drink-driving finally starting to take hold in South Africa, restaurateurs report a significant decrease in turnover as diners order less wine in order to stay under the blood alcohol content legal limit (0.05g/100ml of blood). One way for restaurateurs to encourage their customers to be less abstemious is surely […]
The hazards of making wine in Africa. This puff adder was spotted recently in the red wine cellar at Graham Beck Wines, Franschhoek.
Lula Afrika. An easy-drinking range made by Jasper Raats during his stint as winemaker at Rudera Wines in Stellenbosch. The Chenin Blanc Sauvingon (sic) Viognier 2009 is perfectly drinkable with peach flavour, bright acidity and a little phenolic grip on the finish. Came across it at Aroma Drop Inn on Durban Road, Mowbray selling for […]
Yesterday a tasting convened by Angela Lloyd for an article on the age-worthiness of modern-era South African wines to appear in an upcoming issue of WineLand. Two flights of seven wines, the first and the second red. We tasted blind with scoring done according to the 20-point system. Here’s how I rated the wines: WHITES […]
If Merlot hasn’t already taken over from Pinotage as the most problematic red wine category in South Africa, then it should. Even so, there are a handful of producers that can make excellent wine from the variety, Thelema in Stellenbosch being one of them. Last night the 1994 and who would’ve thought local Merlot could […]
According to The Oxford Companion to Wine (Oxford: 1999), the large-format magnum (1.5 litres) is “widely regarded as being the ideal size for bottle ageing fine wine, being the ideal size to slow the ageing process, but not so big as to be unwieldy, or unthinkably expensive”. Fleur du Cap is a reliable rather than […]
The Weisser Riesling 1998 is apparently the only white wine (other than bubbly) that Graham Beck cellarmaster and Cape Winemakers Guild member Pieter Ferreira has ever had on auction (the Guild previously known at the Cape Independent Winemakers Guild and the auction having run from 1985). Tasted blind, there was plenty of developed character but […]