The winner of the 30th annual Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Award was announced yesterday evening. Winemaker: Bartho Eksteen Category: Sauvignon Blanc Winning wine: Hermanuspietersfontein Nr 5 2009 The Young Winemaker of the Year Award went to RJ Botha of Durbanville winery Nitida for the Bordeaux-style red blend Calligraphy 2009.
The Cape Colony restaurant at Cape Town’s Mount Nelson hotel was in need not so much of tweaking but a seismic shift into the modern era – the high colonial ambience stopped being ironic and simply became twee a long time ago. A complete make-over has been completed and the restaurant will now be called […]
Hardly have we finished exchanging greetings and Eben Sadie, responsible for the acclaimed Swartland wines Columella and Palladius says “I’m not interested in winemaking anymore.” Noting a quizzical look from me, he adds a qualification: “I still want to know what’s going on in the cellar as I don’t want to lose a wine but […]
Lourens River Valley 2001 from Morgenster is a blend of 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. The individual varieties were aged per clone for 15 months in French oak, 100% new and once blended, the wine was returned to barrels for a further 45 days for integration. Was offered the last bottle […]
The Alvi’s Drift range of wines from the Worcester farm Alfalfa owned by the Van der Merwe family is worth keeping an eye on. There are 350ha of vineyard on this 5 000ha property and own label production dates from 2002 driven by doctor-turned-winemaker Alvi van der Merwe who recently enlisted former Distell group winemaker […]
On Sunday, lunch spent drinking Platter’s 2011 5-Star laureate The Mackenzie 2007 at the Hartenberg Fête de la Fleur; yesterday a chance to examine 5-Star nominee Vilafonté Series C 2007 . Both Bordeaux-style reds, both aimed at the top of the market, the 2006 Mackenzie selling for R325 a bottle from the tasting room and […]
I’m totally stoked to tell you that I will be attending the Big Five Tasting on behalf of Wine magazine. This event, set to take place on 11 December, is organised by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events and sees five South African wines compared to some very eminent French counterparts. Wines involved include: Cape […]
Stellar Winery situated near Trawal in Namaqualand is South Africa’s largest producer of wines from organically grown grapes, processing over 3 000 tons a year. The cellar has a capacity of 6 000 tons (part of production is non-organic) and is purported to be the largest privately owned facility of its kind in the southern […]