“Smells like burnt matches” – how much reductions is a good thing on Chardonnay?

At the second annual Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium held recently, the formal seminar culminated in a blind tasting pitching the best of the district against some international benchmarks.  13 wines from Elgin, eight from the rest of the world; three flights of five and one of six, these as follows: Flight One Neil Ellis Whitehall 2011 […]

October 11, 2017
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Le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

To celebrate 21 years since Etienne le Riche set out on his own, a tasting of the Richesse 2014, the 2005, 2009 and 2014 vintages of the standard label Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2011 vintage of the CWG Auction Reserve and the 1999, 2007 and 2014 vintages of the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Discussion inevitably turned to […]

October 11, 2017
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Kershaw Elgin Clonal Selection Chardonnay 2016

Since first bottling in 2012, Richard Kershaw of Richard Kershaw Wines in Elgin has quickly established himself as one of South Africa’s leading practitioners of Chardonnay. Speaking at the recent Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium, Kershaw relates vintage conditions in 2016 were such that fuller wines with softer acidities ensued and this is borne out in his […]

October 10, 2017
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Recipe: Grilled lamb rib chops with balsamic and honey glaze

A recipe which makes shop-bought BBQ sauce redundant. Serves 4 Ingredients: 8-12 lamb rib chops 2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil salt and freshly ground pepper 4 sprigs of rosemary ½ cup (125ml) balsamic vinegar ¼ cup (60ml) honey light green salad to serve Method: Place chops onto a clean chopping board, drizzle with olive oil […]

October 10, 2017
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FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Competition 2017: Finalists announced

Twenty wines have been shortlisted as finalists for 2017 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 honours. The contenders, in alphabetical order, are: Boschendal De Werf 2016 Cape Point Vineyards Cape Town 2017 Darling Cellars Reserve Bush Vine 2017 Diemersdal Winter Ferment 2017 Durbanville Hills Rhinofields 2017 Fairview 2017 Ghost Corner Wild Ferment 2016 (Wooded) Groot Phesantekraal […]

October 9, 2017
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Win one of two six-bottle mixed cases of wine featuring some of the top performers from the recent Tonnellerie Saint Martin Pinot Noir Report. Featured wines: B Vintners Reservoir Road 2016 – 90/100 Creation Reserve 2016 – 90/100 De Grendel Op die Berg 2014 – 91/100 Dabar 2015 – 92/100 Hamilton Russell Vineyards 2016 – […]

October 9, 2017
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Tokara MCC Blanc de Blanc 2011

The maiden vintage Tokara Méthode Cap Classique Blanc de Blanc 2011 is superb. From Chardonnay grown on this producer’s Elgin property, the wine spent five years on the lees. The nose shows a subtle aldehydic character as well as a hint of reduction, these two qualities playing off against each other to good effect while […]

October 9, 2017
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Elgin Chardonnay Colloquium 2017 opening address

Andrew Gunn, owner of Iona Vineyards in Elgin, presented the opening address at the district’s second annual Chardonnay Colloquium, containing some heartfelt thoughts on the state of wine farming. Full transcript below: Firstly our consumers, without you we don’t have a business. Jamie [Goode], great to have you back again with your vast knowledge on […]

October 9, 2017
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