Beyerskloof Traildust 2014

Beyers Truter of Beyerskloof has taken the name “Traildust” (from the observation by Western writer Louis L’Amour that “traildust is thicker than blood”) which used to apply to his Cape Winemakers Guild Pinotage and given it to a more modest blend of equal parts Pinotage and its two “parents” Pinot Noir and Cinsaut, the wine […]

May 16, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: The remarkably low number of SA wineries – Part One

Why does South Africa have so few wineries? And does it matter? To answer the second question briefly: I think it matters a lot: it is symptom and partial cause of some serious problems of quality, price and image for Cape wine. To answer the first question I’d better show first that it is a […]

May 16, 2016
by Tim James
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Boplaas Cape Tawny Bin 1880 NV

Is the Boplaas Cape Tawny Bin 1880 NV better now than it was on release? According to Carel Nel, head of the Calitzdorp cellar renowned for its fortified wines, Cape Tawny does evolve under cork, if very slowly. The wine, which was compiled from component parts matured for 15 years on average and bottled two […]

May 13, 2016
by Christian
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Boplaas Gamka Family Reserve 2013

The “Douro Boys” are a band of winemakers who in the last decade or so have gained international renown for themselves making excellent table wines in the Portuguese region better known for its fortifieds and now the likes of Calitzdorp cellar Boplaas locally are trying to emulate them. The Gamka Family Reserve 2013 is the […]

May 13, 2016
by Christian
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Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2014

“Icon” is a loaded word when it comes to wine, but the Black Label Pinotage from Kanonkop in Stellenbosch is on track to becoming just that. From a single bushvine vineyard over 60 years old, the wine is matured for 18 months in 100% new oak. The current-release 2014 shows a slight reductive/rubbery note on […]

May 12, 2016
by Christian
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The best red wine in South Africa?

A massive endorsement for Kanonkop Black Label Pinotage 2014 which has just come top in the “SA Luxury Red Wine Taste-Off” organised by Wine Cellar. Over the past two days, the retailer organised public tastings featuring 12 local red wines priced between R735 and R2 450 a bottle, a ticket to participate costing R650 per […]

May 12, 2016
by Christian
with 11 Comments

International Wine Challenge 2016 results

Both Tranche 1 (tasted in November last year) and Tranche 2 (tasted in April) of  the International Wine Challenge 2016 have now been completed and local wines to win gold as follows: Cederberg Sauvignon Blanc 2015 Charles Back Marks & Spencer Stonedance Roussanne 2015 DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2015 DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015 DeMorgenzon Maestro […]

May 12, 2016
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: Is SA wine using the data?

As I sit down to write this post, my head is still spinning after two whirlwind weeks filled with meetings, discussions and information-laden presentations around SA-to-USA wine exports. The Managing Director of the company I work for was down in South Africa for his annual visit and we had a packed schedule, meeting with our […]

May 11, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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