The Grande Provence White 2014

The maiden 2013 vintage of Grande Provence White 2013 caused a stir when it was rated 95 points in UK magazine Decanter and now the 2014 has been released, set to sell at R420 a bottle. A blend of 60% Chenin Blanc and 40% Viognier, it was matured for 12 months in older French oak. […]

June 29, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Why doesn’t SA have more wine bars?

If you were a martian whose only knowledge of South African cultural life was derived from your online access to WineMag, you might extrapolate from your reading a number of certainties of what life would be like in the land where WineMag held sway. One of these is that the place would be teeming with […]

June 29, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 7 Comments

Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Can Sauvignon Blanc be profound? Last night Klein Constantia winemaker Matthew Day showed the 2015 vintage of his single-vineyard wine known as Perdeblokke and it certainly grabbed the attention… A wonderfully enticing nose of lemon and its rind, white peach, black currant, fynbos and talcum powder while the palate is amazingly vivid – pure, lithe […]

June 28, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2012

As is now well-documented, Klein Constantia changed ownership in 2011 and the 2012 vintage of the property’s renowned sweet wine Vin de Constance is the first made entirely under the new regime. Picking started in late January and finished in late April, some of the fermentation taking six months to finish, relates winemaker Matthew Day. […]

June 28, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Kaapzicht The 1947 Chenin Blanc 2015

The soon-to-be-released 2015 vintage of The 1947 Chenin Blanc from Kaapzicht is again superlative. The nose is extraordinarily complex: Pear, citrus, white peach, even a little pineapple, flowers, dried herbs, spice and a touch of vanilla. The palate, meanwhile, possesses tremendous presence, its breadth and depth something to marvel at. A great old vineyard vinified […]

June 27, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Laborie Jean Taillefert Prestige Cuvée 2010

The Jean Taillefert Prestige Cuvée is the KWV off-shoot Laborie’s best effort when it comes to Méthode Cap Classique, from 100% Pinot Noir and made in a Blanc de Noir style in the case of the maiden 2010 vintage. From Walker Bay grapes, the wine spent a minimum of 54 months on the lees. On […]

June 27, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Is there any point to blind tastings?

It’s always useful to rehash old debates, if only because the audience is always widening, so I couldn’t resist last week responding to Michael Fridjhon’s claims about blind and sighted tastings (see here). Of course, when that particular debate happens, the almost inevitable conclusion from honest participants is that both methods have their advantages and […]

June 27, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Blue wine and other gimmicks

Blue wine. That’s the latest craze. Or trend. Or gimmick. Call it what you will. It is exactly what it sounds like – wine that is actually blue. It’s made by Spanish wine company Gik, who collaborated with the University of Basque Country and the Azti Tecnecalia food research team to produce the blue wine […]

June 24, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 1 Comment
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