KWV The Mentors Grenache Noir 2015

From Wellington fruit, this is the maiden release of a Grenache Noir under KWV’s top-end The Mentors label after five years of trial and error. Unfortunately, it still seems misguided. The nose shows an unpleasant rubbery note before red and black fruit, spice and, disconcertingly, mint. The palate is sweet, rich and ripe – the […]

December 4, 2017
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KWV The Mentors new releases

The Mentors, the deluxe wine range from KWV, makes for an intriguing case study when it comes to marketing – it was essentially created in the mid-2000s to show that the former super co-op was capable of greatness and a crack winemaking team was put in place accordingly. The wines have always been smart enough […]

November 21, 2017
by Christian
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KWV The Mentors and its standing in the marketplace

With the operational assets of liquor business KWV Holdings sold by empowerment giant Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) to drinks industry veteran Vivian Imerman of Vasari Group earlier this year, yet another round of introspection for this super-co-op turned private company. Head winemaker Johann Fourie has left to be replaced by Wim Truter, who only recently […]

August 18, 2016
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SA wine corporates in the spotlight

“It’s one thing to make 4 000 litres of high quality wine and another altogether to make 40 000 litres,’ observed Spier cellarmaster Frans Smit before a tasting of top-end Chenin Blanc and Pinotage as made by South Africa’s big wine companies, these being Bellingham The Bernard Series from DGB, Fleur du Cap Unfiltered from […]

December 14, 2015
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Winemag.co.za Top 20 wines 2015

Editor Christian Eedes selects his top 20 wines of the year based on quality, value, availability and excitement. Wine of the Year Sadie Family Wines Columella 2013 The most accomplished modern-era SA red yet. Read original review here. – – – AA Badenhorst Family Wines Ramnasgras Cinsault 2014 Can you expect greatness of single-variety Cinsault? […]

December 7, 2015
by Christian
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Win a bottle of KWV 20 Year Old brandy and a Chocolat Frey hamper. The 20 Year Old brandy, worth R900 a bottle, is rated 5 Stars in Platter’s 2016 while Chocolat Frey, founded in 1887 by brothers Robert and Max Frey, is number one in Switzerland. The hamper is worth R1 000. To enter, […]

December 6, 2015
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Diners Club Winemaker of the Year 2015

Announced last night: Young Winemaker of the Year: Philip Viljoen – Bon Courage Noble Late Harvest 2015 (category: any white wine) Winemaker of the Year: Johann Fourie – KWV The Mentors Pinotage 2013 (category: non-Bordeaux single varietal red wines excluding Shiraz)

November 22, 2015
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KWV The Mentors Grenache Blanc 2014

The Mentors range from KWV are nothing if not precise, this borne out by it being the most successful producer at Veritas five years running. The approach from the winemaking team is very technically correct (very low pHs on the whites and “optimal ripeness” on the reds) and the result is that the wines sometimes […]

November 13, 2015
by Christian
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