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The state of South African wine label design

Does South African wine packaging reflect the excellence of what most commentators agree is now appearing in the bottle? The second annual Wine Label...

Kanonkop’s Abrie Beeslaar is IWSC Winemaker of the Year

During the International Wine & Spirit Competition awards banquet held last night in London, Kanonkop's Abrie Beeslaar was announced as Winemaker of the Year,...

Kanonkop Pinotage 2006

After tasting through a variety of rather poor new releases (no names, no pack drill), I lost patience and decided to open a bottle...

Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction 2015 sales figures

Sales at the 31th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction held yesterday amounted to R11 815 800 for 2 589 cases compared to R11 929 600 for...

South Africa’s top six “iconic wine farms”

During a conversation over lunch yesterday, a winelands property agent asked me which South African wine farms I considered to be “iconic”. In 2011,...

Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2014

There are a few South African wines which, regardless of vintage or particular rating, have become crucial reference points – Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh,...

Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition 2015 winners

Results of the 19th annual Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition were announced today. There were 154 entries in total and the winners are as...

Kanonkop Pinotage 2003

As winter in Cape Town starts to really bite, a mild lamb and spinach curry for supper was called for. What to pair with...