Solace Syrah 2015

The Swartland has pretty much taken ownership of top-end Syrah but Solace from Elgin property Iona demonstrates that other districts might also want to lay claim to the variety. 2015 is the second vintage of this wine and shows even more assurance on the part of the winemaker Werner Muller. The nose shows red fruit, […]

September 7, 2017
by Christian
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Savage Are We There Yet? 2016

From Touriga Nacional, this is a new wine from Duncan Savage, the grapes largely sourced from David Trafford’s Malgas project. On the nose, dark fruit, earth, spice plus a vague floral note in the background.  Relatively rich on the palate with moderate acidity and not too tannic on the finish. Lots of hipster appeal. Approximate […]

September 6, 2017
by Christian
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Who’s the Cape Winemakers Guild making wine for?

Before anybody entirely despairs of making money from wine, let us recall that record sales were achieved at last year’s Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, 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. […]

September 6, 2017
by Christian
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Savage Follow the Line 2016

If Duncan Savage’s Red 2016 is characterized by reined-in power (see here), then Follow the Line is something of an alter-ego, the key characteristics being lightness and freshness. A blend of 41% Cinsaut, 35% Grenache and 24% Syrah, it shows red and black fruit, white pepper and fynbos on the nose. It’s fruit-forward in the […]

September 5, 2017
by Christian
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Recipe: Tofu, tat soi and shimeji mushroom stir-fry

Delicious served with steamed rice. Serves 4 Ingredients: 3 tbsp (45ml) sunflower oil 400g tofu, drained and patted dry with absorbent paper 60g shimeji mushrooms, cleaned ¼ cup (60ml) ginger, finely chopped 2 tsp (10ml) sesame seed oil 3 tbsp (45ml) soy sauce 3 tbsp (45ml) sweet chilli sauce squeeze of lemon 200g tat soi, […]

September 5, 2017
by Christian
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David Clarke: How restaurants can improve their year-round wine offering

With more and more of the top wines in South Africa moving to annual releases of “take-it or leave-it” allocations it is very useful to have a “war chest” of funds available to be sure of not missing out when the wines are released. In my previous life as a head sommelier in Melbourne I […]

September 4, 2017
by David Clarke
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BLANKBottle Orbitofrontal Cortex 2016

Pieter Walser, winner of the Grand Prix at the Wine Label Design Awards 2015, has always eschewed conventional means of marketing his wines relying on QR codes and the Internet to tell his story and then trusting in word-of-mouth recommendations but now says that his business has grown to such an extent that you may […]

September 4, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: On the Mullineux single terroir wines

The currently available Mullineux 2015 Syrah is surely – and I’m not the only one of this opinion – the best ever of this label. Incidentally, the first Mullineux Syrah (made at Reyneke, where Chris and Andrea were at the time making the wines) was 2008, which means that they could now offer a ten-year […]

September 4, 2017
by Tim James
with 3 Comments
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