Enhance your wine judging experience with Winemag.co.za

We are glad to announce that we now offer a rotating position on our panels as an associate judge at the cost of R1 250 – an ideal opportunity for prospective wine judges to gain experience. The next tasting will form the basis of the Signature Red Blend Report and takes place 09h00, Tuesday 18 […]

June 26, 2017
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Win a bottle of Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2007 plus a six-bottle case of Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016 worth R810. When Winemag.co.za recently announced the results of the 10 Year Old Wine Awards, one of the star performers was the Tokara Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2007 which rated 94 on the 100-point quality scale. […]

June 26, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: On Port and the joys of travel

At the risk of sounding really stupid (”what did this guy think?!”) – it’s taken my first trip to the Douro region of Portugal to properly realise how tiny is the Cape’s “port” category. Smaller, of course, than it used to be back in the old days when the KWV was making vast quantities of […]

June 26, 2017
by Christian
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Uva Mira The Dance Cabernet Franc 2014

Uva Mira in Stellenbosch is turning out some seriously classy stuff since Christiaan Coetzee took over as winemaker in 2012, The Dance Cabernet Franc 2014 a case in point. Matured for 19 months in French oak, 70% new, the nose shows red fruit, some leafiness and subtle oak-derived notes of vanilla and spice. The attention […]

June 26, 2017
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Hartenberg Gravel Hill Shiraz 2012

Wines of power are somewhat out of fashion relative to wines of elegance and restraint but there remains a place for the former especially when the winter cold draws in. The Gravel Hill Shiraz from Hartenberg has never been particularly shy or modest but the 2012 impresses on account of the intricacy it manages to […]

June 23, 2017
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Bizoe Henriëtta 2014

Winemaker Rikus Neethling  founded his own label Bizoe in 2008 and has over the years gained acclaim both locally and internationally for his Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc blend (called Henriëtta after his mother) although it has tended to go somewhat uncelebrated by the Winemag.co.za panel, the 2014 vintage rating 85 when tasted in September 2015 and the […]

June 22, 2017
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Chenin Blanc – when too much of a good thing is a bad thing

Volumes of the Old Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 2016 from Darling Cellars which won the Harold Eedes Trophy for best in class at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show are small, 1 642 bottles to be precise. From 38 and 39 year old vineyards, winemaker Pieter-Niel Rossouw tells me he was compelled to make […]

June 21, 2017
by Christian
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Boplaas Gamka Family Reserve 2015

The Gamka Family Reserve from Boplaas is a Calitzdorp-Stellenbosch mash-up which sees Portuguese varieties blended with Shiraz, the 2015 consisting of 36% Touriga Nacional and 25% Tinta Barocca combined with 39% Shiraz, the wine matured for 12 months in French oak, 100% new. The nose shows red and black fruit, geranium, scrub, some earthiness and […]

June 21, 2017
by Christian
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