Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report 2017: Call for entries

Entries for the Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report 2017 (previously the Red Hot Wine Awards) are now open –  the style defined as wines made from two or more of the following varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot (no other varieties permitted). Wines will be tasted blind by a three-person panel […]

April 21, 2017
by Christian
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Steenberg The Black Swan Sauvignon Blanc 2016

JD Pretorius, cellarmaster Steenberg, says Sauvignon Blanc is always going to be the “business card” of this Constantia property – 64% of a total of 60ha under vine is planted to this variety. He made 8 000 12-bottle cases of the so-called super-premium Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and this sells for R125 a bottle. It also […]

April 26, 2017
by Christian
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Michael Fridjhon: Is there a difference between authentic wine vs wine made to taste expensive?

What makes a wine “nerdy” – and for that matter, are these the same features which communicate authenticity? I recently – somewhat frivolously – wrote that “if you fancy yourself a wine geek, you dare not mention that you drank – let alone enjoyed – a bottle of Nederburg or even Diemersdal. You’re not supposed […]

April 26, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
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The winelands map is being redrawn and here’s why

Not so long ago Bot River was a village which wine lovers passed at high speed on their way from Cape Town to Hermanus and the Hemel-en-Aarde. For the last seven years, however, the wineries of the ward have organized an annual party to celebrate the end of harvest called Barrels & Beards – members […]

April 26, 2017
by Christian
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Highlands Road Sauvignon Blanc White Reserve 2015

Elgin property Highlands Road, which has a high reputation for its Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend called Sine Cera, recently released an ultra-premium single-variety Sauvignon Blanc. From the 2015 vintage, it was tank fermented and then had 22 months on its primary lees in fourth-fill French oak. It was originally aged in order to go into the […]

April 25, 2017
by Christian
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Recipe: Tandoori chicken and cucumber wraps

This Indian inspired meal is healthy, tasty and easy to make. Serves 4 Ingredients: Wraps 1 cup (250ml) bread flour ½ tsp (2.5ml) salt ½ tsp (2.5ml) baking powder 15g butter ¼ cup (60ml) warm water Filling 400g skinless chicken thighs, deboned and thinly sliced 2 tbsp (30ml) Tandoori paste ½ cup (125ml) Greek yoghurt […]

April 25, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Some thoughts on I Taste Red: The Science of Tasting Wine

To adapt Voltaire: if Jamie Goode didn’t exist, wine nerds would need to invent him. No other wine writer appears to have the scientific background, or the will, or the skill, to bring rigorous scrutiny to this sadly vague field of endeavour (wine appreciation), which even at its most professional doesn’t really know whether it’s […]

April 24, 2017
by Tim James
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Mount Sutherland Syrah 2013

Super Single Vineyards sees Daniël de Waal making wines under two labels, namely Mount Sutherland and Pella, grapes for the former sourced from a sheep farm near Sutherland in the Karoo and for the latter from around Stellenbosch. The 2012 vintage of Mount Sutherland Syrah was not only best in category but best red wine […]

April 24, 2017
by Christian
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Alto M.P.H.S 2007 – 2012

The 2012 vintage of the flagship red blend from Stellenbosch property Alto has just been released, and to mark the occasion, a tasting of this and the two previous vintages to date, namely 2007 and 2011. Unfortunately, the 2007 which is available from Vinoteque.co.za at R1 144 a bottle is not looking good – a […]

April 21, 2017
by Christian
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