Tim James: Cinsaut and the quest for seriousness

It seems to me there are more and more mutters these days to the effect that we’ve been perhaps a little too generous in our welcome to wines from cinsaut – but as some of the mutters are my own it’s not surprising I’ve heard them. This is not to suggest that cinsaut, the hipsters’ […]

May 1, 2017
by Tim James
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Top four wines of April 2017

Here are our four most highly rated current-release wines of last month: Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2016 – 97 (read original review here) Carinus Family Vineyards Rooidraai Chenin Blanc 2016 – 95 (read original review here) Mount Sutherland Syrah 2013 – 94 (read original review here) Waterkloof Circumstance Syrah 2015 – 94 (read original review […]

May 1, 2017
by Christian
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Fairview Stok by Paaltjie Grenache 2014

Whatever you might say about Fairview, Charles Back’s operation in Paarl, you can’t criticize the range for being conservative. Just as Grenache starts to trend, along comes this farm’s version, the name referencing the trellising system which sees each vine supported by its own pole. Fermented in open-top foudre before being basket pressed, the wine […]

April 28, 2017
by Christian
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Steenberg The Black Swan Sauvignon Blanc 2016

JD Pretorius, cellarmaster Steenberg, says Sauvignon Blanc is always going to be the “business card” of this Constantia property – 64% of a total of 60ha under vine is planted to this variety. He made 8 000 12-bottle cases of the so-called super-premium Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and this sells for R125 a bottle. It also […]

April 26, 2017
by Christian
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Michael Fridjhon: Is there a difference between authentic wine vs wine made to taste expensive?

What makes a wine “nerdy” – and for that matter, are these the same features which communicate authenticity? I recently – somewhat frivolously – wrote that “if you fancy yourself a wine geek, you dare not mention that you drank – let alone enjoyed – a bottle of Nederburg or even Diemersdal. You’re not supposed […]

April 26, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
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The winelands map is being redrawn and here’s why

Not so long ago Bot River was a village which wine lovers passed at high speed on their way from Cape Town to Hermanus and the Hemel-en-Aarde. For the last seven years, however, the wineries of the ward have organized an annual party to celebrate the end of harvest called Barrels & Beards – members […]

April 26, 2017
by Christian
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Highlands Road Sauvignon Blanc White Reserve 2015

Elgin property Highlands Road, which has a high reputation for its Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend called Sine Cera, recently released an ultra-premium single-variety Sauvignon Blanc. From the 2015 vintage, it was tank fermented and then had 22 months on its primary lees in fourth-fill French oak. It was originally aged in order to go into the […]

April 25, 2017
by Christian
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Recipe: Tandoori chicken and cucumber wraps

This Indian inspired meal is healthy, tasty and easy to make. Serves 4 Ingredients: Wraps 1 cup (250ml) bread flour ½ tsp (2.5ml) salt ½ tsp (2.5ml) baking powder 15g butter ¼ cup (60ml) warm water Filling 400g skinless chicken thighs, deboned and thinly sliced 2 tbsp (30ml) Tandoori paste ½ cup (125ml) Greek yoghurt […]

April 25, 2017
by Christian
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