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
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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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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
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KWV The Mentors Chenin Blanc 2014

“Do you agree with Tim Atkin’s scores?” was the question posed by the media release issued on behalf of KWV, many of the wines having been scored 90 points or more by the UK Master of Wine in his recent South Africa Special Report. An invitation was extended to pick any of the Mentors range […]

September 18, 2015
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KWV The Mentors Grenache Blanc 2010

Yesterday a bottle of Mentors Grenache Blanc 2010 from KWV. It was one of my top 12 wines of 2011 and it seems it’s only getting better in bottle. First, a remark about the colour which is still remarkably youthful being pale yellow with a green tinge. As for aromas and flavours, it showed citrus, […]

June 29, 2015
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KWV The Mentors Verdelho 2013

Yesterday KWV The Mentors new vintage launch at The Test Kitchen in Woodstock. The company was best producer at Veritas in 2011, 2012 and 2013 as well at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show in 2012 and again this year thanks in large part to the wines that are emerging under The Mentors label and the […]

June 20, 2014
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Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2012 vs KWV The Mentors Noble Late Harvest 2012

South Africa makes cracking botrytised wines but when to drink them? Sweet food with sweet wine is overwhelming all too often and I prefer the notion of pairing savoury foods with these wines, the theory being that the excellent acidities that these wines have will be tempered but not cancelled out by the saltiness of […]

March 31, 2014
by Christian
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