The Wine Label Design Awards/Beer Label Design Awards 2018: Call for Entries

Entries for the fourth annual Wine Label Design Awards and the inaugural Beer Label Design Awards are now open. The awards are proudly sponsored by self-adhesive label supplier Rotolabel and are convened by Winemag.co.za – Wine magazine was published from 1993 until 2011 and now lives on in digital form. Cape Town advertising and design […]

January 8, 2018
by Christian
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Tim James: KWV celebrates 100 years – some reflections on its legacy

Let’s be grateful that the KWV doesn’t celebrate its birthday as assiduously as does the African National Congress. We can also breathe a happy sigh at the KWV being no longer as significant in its field as the ANC is in its…. When the KWV was officially born on 8 January 1918, just a century […]

January 19, 2018
by Tim James
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Illimis new releases

Lucinda Heyns, who previously worked as a viticulturist at both Jordan and Mulderbosch, started making her own wines first under the Eendevanger label, and since 2015, under the Illimis label. Tasting notes and ratings for the current-release 2016s as follows: Illimis Cinsault 2016 Price: R180 Alc: 12%. Grapes from a Darling vineyard planted in 1972. […]

January 18, 2018
by Christian
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Malu Lambert: Interview with Craig Wessels of Restless River

Any day that begins in a drop-top 110 Land Rover is bound to be interesting. Even more so when it’s Craig Wessels of Restless River Vineyards in the driving seat. Craig isn’t your usual winemaker type – in place of the expected khakis and sleeveless windbreaker are a Nirvana T-shirt and shredded jeans. He’s also […]

January 17, 2018
by Malu Lambert
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Môrelig new releases

Môrelig, situated at the foot of the Paardeberg in the Swartland, counts the likes of Lammershoek and Adi Badenhorst’s Kalmoesfontein as neighbours so Andrew Wightman was probably not entirely misguided when he acquired the property in 2011 and started producing wine under his own label in 2015. Tasting notes and ratings for the current-release 2017s […]

January 17, 2018
by Christian
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Fairview Stok By Paaltijie Grenache 2015

While the 2014 vintage of Stok By Paaltjie Grenache from Paarl cellar Fairview was appealing enough but perhaps a bit straightforward, the 2015 moves up a gear. From own grapes, the wine was matured for 15 months in older French oak, alcohol being 13.5% compared to the 14% of the 2014. The nose is intensely […]

January 16, 2018
by Christian
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Rascallion Vinyl Collection 45 RPM 2016

Rascallion Wines is owned by experienced wine marketer Ross Sleet and the Kretzmar family of Broad Valley with Johan Joubert, previously of Kleine Zalze and Boland Kelder, making the wine. The Chenin-led Vinyl Collection 33 1/3 RPM 2017 (R118 a bottle) rated 90 on the 100-point scale in the Cape White Blend Report last year […]

January 15, 2018
by Christian
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The Fledge and Co. HoekSteen 2015

The unwooded Chenin Blanc that is Hoeksteen from Leon Coetzee and Boplaas winemaker Margaux Nel gets better and better with each passing vintage, the current-release 2015 looking particularly delicious at the moment. Grapes from two old bush vine blocks in Stellenbosch, the wine was matured in tank for 13 months and alcohol is 13.46%. The […]

January 15, 2018
by Christian
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Tim James: Is a market correction on the way for top-end SA wine?

Last year – 2017 – seemed to me marked by a sudden leap in the prices of upper-end local wines. Or had they been creeping up for a while and suddenly the shift became qualitative rather than quantitative? The result is the same: lots more wine I can’t afford. Late in the year, reviewing a […]

January 15, 2018
by Tim James
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