Stellenbosch winery Tokara has announced that winemaker Miles Mossop will be leaving after 18 years to pursue opportunities to develop his own brand, Miles Mossop Wines. Mossop will remain part of the Tokara team for 2018 harvest while he hands over the baton to his successor.
How to do Sunday lunch perfectly. Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 x 1.5kg chicken, giblets removed 1 lemon, quartered 4 cloves of garlic, whole 15g fresh thyme 4 sprigs parsley 2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil 2 onions, quartered 2 carrots, peeled and halved 2 leeks, halved salt and freshly ground pepper Method: Preheat oven to 200°C […]
Martin Lamprecht, incumbent at Voor Paardeberg property Dorran Vineyards, also has his own label known as Marras Wines, sourcing grapes from both Piekenierskloof and the Swartland. His Piekenierskloof Grenache 2016 was cold soaked for three days where most of the extraction took place, then partially spontaneously fermented and matured in older oak for 10 months. […]
The Opstal Carl Everson has put Breedekloof on the map when it comes to Chenin Blanc and other wineries in the region are now chasing hard, the Family Vintners 2016 from Merwida being a case in point. Grapes from 15 year old vines, fermentation was begun in tank and finished in barrel of various sizes […]
For many years now, Michael Fridjhon has been offering a tasting of older Cape wines at the Grande Roche in Paarl on the day before the Trophy Wine Show judges settle down to the harder task of working their way through many hundreds of much more youthful versions. The laudable intention is primarily to give […]
To mark the start of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show , convener Michael Fridjhon typically presents a tasting of old South African wines for judges and a few other interested parties – white wines required to be 15 years on from vintage and reds 25 years on. The absolute stand-out for me and many […]
The Family Reserve White from Paarl property Backsberg is establishing itself as an eccentric but not unaccomplished offering, the 2016 composed of 50% Roussanne, 25% Chardonnay and 25% Sauvignon Blanc, matured for six months in French oak, 100% new. It shows lime, lemon, peach and a hint of spice. Rich and broad, smooth in texture […]
Although Franschhoek property Solms Delta sets the pace when it comes to worker empowerment, its wines have tended to be a little unconvincing but that seems to be changing with Hagen Viljoen incumbent as winemaker since November 2012. The Hiervandaan 2014,a blend of 86% Grenache, 10% Cinsault and 4% Shiraz, rated 92 on the 100-point […]