What to make of wines with no added sulphites? Stellenzicht winemaker Guy Webber ended his launch presentation of a Chardonnay 2009 and Petit Verdot 2008 made according to this method under the Cellarmaster’s Release label by asking his audience the question as to whether or not the initiative was worth pursuing. “It’s not by mistake […]
When Ivy du Toit of Jason’s Hill Private Cellar near Rawsonville won the title of Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year in 2003 for her Sauvignon Blanc 2003, incredulity was expressed in some quarters that she’d have access to grapes of sufficient quality to make a wine worthy of the title. Whatever did or […]
The Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Award remains relevant because of its sheer longevity if nothing else. Now in its 30th year, previous laureates include the great and the good of the South African wine industry. For 2010, entries were called for in the category of Sauvignon Blanc and apparently 93 wines were submitted […]
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 […]