2017 CWG Auction Wines rated

The 33rd Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place at the Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch on Saturday, 30 September. There are 61 wines on offer and I attended a blind tasting held for the media yesterday. Ratings as follows: 95 Adi Badenhorst and Duncan Savage Love Boat Red 2016 W.O. Swartland. 65% Shiraz, 27% Grenache, […]

September 1, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: Some skepticism about “influencers”

Plunged into doing a bit of research on how digital marketing is being used in wine, I keep coming across a word that is slowly but thoroughly driving me nutty: “Influencer”. Not a new term, but the more I delve into it, the more I believe that it is a concept either hopelessly misunderstood or […]

September 1, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Top five wines of August 2017

Here are our five most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Raats Eden Cabernet Franc 2015 – 97 (read original review here) Sadie Family Wines The Old Vine Series Skurfberg 2016 – 96 (read original review here) B Vintners Haarlem to Hope 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Raats Eden Chenin Blanc 2015 […]

September 1, 2017
by Christian
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Nitida wins Sylvain barrel

Best wine overall in the fifth annual Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Blend/Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report was the Nitida Coronata Integration 2016 and the prize for producing this a new 225-litre Sylvain Blanc barrel worth €805 (equivalent to R12 430 at the current exchange rate). Here Winemag.co.za editor Christian Eedes can be seen with Nitida owner Bernhard Veller […]

August 31, 2017
by Christian
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Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Blend/Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report 2017

Winemag.co.za is pleased to release the fifth annual Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon Blend/Wooded Sauvignon Blanc Report (previously known as the White Hot Wine Awards). There were 38 blends entered from 34 producers while for the first time, Wooded Sauvignon Blanc was included, and here we had 18 examples from 15 producers. Wines to rate 90 points or […]

August 30, 2017
by Christian
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Eden High Density Single Vineyard new releases

When Bruwer Raats set about establishing 0.2ha of Cabernet Franc and 0.6ha of Chenin Blanc on his Polkadraai property during the mid-2000s, his point of departure was “quality by design” which saw him undertake the most rigorous soil preparation, careful selection of clones and high density plantings (1 x 1.2m – the equivalent of 8 […]

August 30, 2017
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Diemersdal Winter Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Thys Louw of Diemersdal continues to set the pace when it comes to Sauvignon Blanc. The latest addition to this Durbanville property’s extensive range of wines from the variety is the Winter Ferment 2017. Louw had heard rumour of producers in both New Zealand and Sancerre, France making wine from juice after it had been […]

August 29, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Where to for the SA wine industry?

In the context of so much excitement about South African wine – here on Winemag as much as anywhere – it’s sobering, and even surprising for someone like me, with a focus on the top end, to be reminded of the depth of the problems in the wider industry. Or the other wine industry, if […]

August 28, 2017
by Tim James
with 7 Comments
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