Tim James: Grape variety of the year

I was wondering if I could find the energy, in the midst of late-year-in-Cape-Town torpor, to rustle up a list of my top local wines of the year… An alternative occurred to me: grape variety/style of the year. The answer to that is easy: shiraz/syrah. It’s not a revolution in wine-critical thought, of course, to […]

December 23, 2014
by Tim James
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Winemag.co.za Top 20 Wines 2014

Editor Christian Eedes selects the most exciting wines he’s reviewed this year. WINE OF THE YEAR: Magnetic North Mountain Makstok 2013 From ungrafted Chenin Blanc vines, the most profound modern-era South African wine yet. Read original review here. – – – A.A. Badenhorst Family Wines Red 2011 Adi Badenhort’s cultivated eccentricity possibly gets in the […]

December 8, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Wine Enthusiast’s The Enthusiast 100 of 2014 – Two SA wines

US magazine Wine Enthusiast recently released The Enthusiast 100, its top picks of the year. In determining the list, the numerical ratings but also drinkability, availability and quality-to-price of the more than 17 500 wines reviewed in the past 12 months ratios are taken into account. Two South African wines featured: 76. Mullineux Straw Wine […]

November 26, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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2014 CWG Auction wines rated

The 30th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place at the Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch on Saturday, 4 October 2014. There are a record 62 wines on offer and I attended a blind tasting held for the media yesterday. Stand-out wines as follows: 93 Boplaas 1880 Ox Wagon Reserve 8 Year Potstill Brandy Deep amber […]

August 14, 2014
by Christian
with 8 Comments

Oremus Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2005

The South African Sommelier Association, formed in 2010 “to help uplift and promote the service of wine in South Africa”, holds regular benchmark tastings for its members. Yesterday, sweet wines of the world, 14 wines roughly divided by production technique into four flights, tasted blind. Could those assembled identify grape variety and place of origin […]

February 25, 2014
by Christian
with 3 Comments

Fairview Eenzaamheid Shiraz 2010 vs Fairview The Beacon Shiraz 2010

Presumably taking their cue from Guigal’s singlevineyard Côte Rôties, namely La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque, South African producers are increasingly inclined to bottle terroir-specific Shiraz – the Granite and Schist Syrahs from Mullineux are obvious examples as are Pillars and Aeon from Haskell. Fairview has perhaps been at it the longest and last […]

January 22, 2014
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Kloof Street Old Vine Chenin Blanc 2013

We stood in the reception area of new V&A Waterfront restaurant Mondiall hoping for a lunchtime table earlier today long enough for one of our party to inquire “Anybody home?” Whatever else the establishment purports to be, I’m sure they don’t seem themselves as “child-friendly” so credit for eventually accommodating three adults and our various […]

December 20, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Mullineux Schist Chenin Blanc 2012

Last night a tasting of the new releases of Swartland producer Mullineux Family Wines. The White Blend 2012, the Syrah 2011 and the Straw Wine 2012 were reviewed earlier in the year (see here) but a pleasure to re-visit them. The White Blend 2012 is their best to date (a must-buy) while the Straw Wine […]

August 8, 2013
by Christian
with 6 Comments
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