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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
by Christian
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Creation The Art of Pinot Noir 2015

With a price tag of R850 a bottle, the Art of Pinot Noir is the deluxe offering of this variety from  Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge property Creation. While the 2014 was entirely overdone for me, the 2015 is more successful. Production of this vintage was limited to 3050 bottles and winemaking involved 20% whole bunch fermentation and […]

September 9, 2016
by Christian
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Creation Reserve Merlot 2014

While the three wards of the Hemel en Aarde are generally known for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it appears Jean-Claude Martin of Hemel en Aarde Rdige property Creation seems to have a pretty good handle on the Bordeaux varieties, his Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot 2014 rating 90 points in the RisCura Red Hot […]

September 2, 2016
by Christian
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RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards 2016 results

Results of the second annual RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends as made in South Africa are now out. 59 entries from 46 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of site) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Wines to rate 90 points […]

June 22, 2016
by Christian
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Chocolate and wine pairings in the winelands

Don’t believe those stick-in-the-muds who say that chocolate doesn’t pair with wine. When done well, there are few things as deliciously decadent. It’s a match made in heaven, if you will. But finding the perfect combination is a challenge. Wine’s acidity and tannin can clash with the creaminess and subtle flavor nuances of chocolate. So, […]

November 6, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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Family-friendly wine farms

A decent glass of wine and a happy child needn’t be mutually exclusive. These are some of my favourite wine farms that are geared towards wine lovers with kids. Cape Point Vineyards, Noordhoek Wine fundis know Cape Point Vineyards for its superb Sauvignon Blanc Reserve and white blend called Isliedh but people also flock here […]

October 8, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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Oak Valley Pinot Noir 2012

In a less than stellar showing at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, Pinot Noir collected no gold medals, a single silver (Paul Cluver 2012) and seven bronze, Véronique Drouhin-Boss, top Burgundian winemaker and international judge declaring that too many of the wines were “herbaceous and a bit bitter” going on to speculate that […]

June 4, 2014
by Christian
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Nitida Coronata Integration 2011

On Friday night, a well-intentioned but not entirely successful dinner hosted by the Department of International Trade Promotion of the Royal Thai government at the Bree Street Studios in Cape Town. Billed as “Thai Kitchen to South Africa”, the idea was that top local practitioners of Thai cuisine (Chef Pon, Kitima, Yindee’s, Wang Thai) would […]

November 4, 2012
by Christian
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