Distell’s new head winemaker announced

Distell, SA’s largest producer-wholesaler, has appointed Niël Groenewald as head winemaker, replacing Razvan Macici who departed suddenly in March this year. Groenewald (42) holds an MBA from UCT and a BSc Hons from Stellenbosch University. He leaves DGB-owned Bellingham after 14 vintages as chief winemaker. In recent years, he was also responsible for the marketing […]

October 31, 2017
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Tim James: Are producers getting ahead of themselves when it comes to top-end wine prices?

It’s so often that we’re told how underpriced South African wine is, that it makes an interesting change to see a different viewpoint expressed – at least in regard to the top end. It’s one that, I’m pretty sure, will resonate with a lot of serious but not rich wine-lovers here, who see that R150 […]

October 31, 2017
by Tim James
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Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Elgin cellar Iona has become a Sauvignon Blanc powerhouse over the years and the latest releases don’t disappoint. Sophie te’Blanche Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Price: R85 W.O. Cape South Coast (80% Elgin). White peach, grapefruit and a little white pepper on the nose. No shortage of richness – really good fruit concentration and nicely coated acidity […]

October 31, 2017
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Durbanville Hills The Tangram Red 2013

The Tangram Red 2013 is the second vintage of the top of the range Bordeaux-style blend from Durbanville Hills, selling for the not inconsiderable price of R895 a bottle. What do you get for your money? It’s a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, the […]

October 31, 2017
by Christian
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Beeslaar Pinotage 2016

The 2016 vintage of Beeslaar Pinotage, the own label wine of Kanonkop’s Abrie Beelaar is the best yet. The back label refers to two heat waves during the growing season, the first in October during flowering and creating a smaller yield than usual and the second in January serving to give the fruit extra concentration. […]

October 30, 2017
by Christian
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October 30, 2017
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Badsberg Pinotage 2016

The SA Young Wine Show, dating back to 1833, exists to recognise the top wines of the current vintage, the General Smuts Trophy is awarded to the best young wine overall. It was somewhat bemusing to hear that Namaqua Wines won it this year for its Ruby Cabernet, Carmenere and Merlot blend but good luck […]

October 27, 2017
by Christian
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Lanzerac Keldermeester Versameling

Stellenbosch property Lanzerac has a new set of wines called the  Keldermeester Versameling (Cellarmaster’s Collection) intended to “push the boundaries”. Tasting notes and ratings as follows: Lanzerac Keldermeester Versameling Bergpad 2016 Price: R1140 per 6-bottle case (equivalent to R190 per bottle) From a  single vineyard of Pinot Blanc. Fermented and matured for 11 months in […]

October 27, 2017
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