Boplaas Gamka Branca 2016

Boplaas continues its fascination with all things Portuguese having recently addes Verdelho to its Calitzdorp plantings. This variety is included in a new  top-end white blend, the other components being Chardonnay (60%), Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Chenin Blanc, these sourced variously from Elgin, Stellenbosch and the Swartland. The wine shows an array of citrus (naartjie, […]

December 5, 2017
by Christian
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Recipe: Apple, carrot and celery salad

A great accompaniment to a braai. Serves 4 Ingredients: Salad 2 carrots, peeled and grated 1 bunch celery, washed and finely sliced 15g parsley, roughly chopped 2 apples, washed, cored and finely sliced Dressing 1 tsp (5ml) Dijon mustard 1 tbsp (15ml) honey juice of 1 lemon ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil 5g parsley, finely […]

December 5, 2017
by Christian
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Winemag.co.za Top 20 Wines 2017

Editor Christian Eedes selects his 20 most memorable wines of the year. 20. Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2016 While many producers are inclined to treat Sauvginon Blanc as no more than a cash cow, Klein Constantia’s Matt Day approaches the variety with both rigour and enthusiasm. The result is a number of striking examples, […]

December 4, 2017
by Christian
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KWV The Mentors Grenache Noir 2015

From Wellington fruit, this is the maiden release of a Grenache Noir under KWV’s top-end The Mentors label after five years of trial and error. Unfortunately, it still seems misguided. The nose shows an unpleasant rubbery note before red and black fruit, spice and, disconcertingly, mint. The palate is sweet, rich and ripe – the […]

December 4, 2017
by Christian
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Glen Heatlie new releases

Glen Heatlie is the own label of Joan Heatlie, previously of Solms-Delta but now taking up a position with Chris and Andrea Mullineux, the name recalling the family farm near Worcester. Tasting notes and ratings for the current releases as follows: Glen Heatlie Agnes Chenin Blanc 2015 Wine Cellar price: R150 From a Paarl vineyard […]

December 4, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Impressions left by a Riedel Glassware Masterclass

I’d attended a Riedel glass tasting before (and heard others’ experiences) and knew that again I’d come away fully convinced of the genius of this glassware designed to bring out or suppress characteristics of different wines – tannin, perfume, greenness, etc, etc. Fully convinced, that is, that the shape and dimensions of a glass can […]

December 4, 2017
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Restless River new releases

The wines of Upper Hemel-en-Aarde property Restless River, despite much local and international acclaim, have not fared that well in Winemag.co.za’s blind panel tastings of recent years – as to why this is, part of the explanation must surely be that the style of both the Chardonnay and the Cabernet Sauvignon are somewhat atypical relative […]

December 1, 2017
by Christian
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Top six wines of November 2017

Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Sadie Family Wines Columella 2015 – 97 (read original review here) Lismore Reserve Chardonnay 2016 – 96 (read original review here) Dornier Siren Syrah 2015 – 95 (read orginal review here)                                                                               Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2014 – 95 (read original review here) Keermont […]

December 1, 2017
by Christian
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