Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2017 – two SA wines

Each year, the editors of US publication Wine Spectator  survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select their Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world. SA took two places in 2017: 49. Rust en Vrede Syrah 2014 – […]

November 21, 2017
by Christian
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Recipe: Thai Chicken Salad

Fresh flavours from the East. Serves 4 Ingredients: ¼ cup (60ml) light coconut milk 2 tbsp (30ml) fish sauce 2 tbsp (30ml) grated palm sugar 500g chicken thigh fillets 2 tsp (10ml) sweet chilli sauce 1 tbsp (15ml) lime juice 150g (approx 2 cups) baby Asian salad leaves 1 red onion, finely sliced 2 spring […]

November 21, 2017
by Christian
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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
by Christian
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Lismore Syrah 2016

The Syrah 2016 from Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore sees her trademark refinement in evidence again after the more unrestrained 2015 (see here). From 50% Greyton and 50% Elgin, 40% underwent whole-bunch fermentation, the wine was matured for 12 months in a combination of 225-, 300- and 500-litre barrels, 15% new. The nose shows cherry, raspberry […]

November 20, 2017
by Christian
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Lismore Reserve Chardonnay 2016

The Reserve Chardonnay 2016 from Greyton property Lismore is sensational. A barrel selection, winemaking involved spontaneous fermentation and maturation lasting 11 months in 500-litre barrels, 40% new. The nose shows top notes of citrus blossom and dried herbs before lemon and green apple, the merest hint of vanilla and the tiniest touch of leesy complexity. […]

November 20, 2017
by Christian
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Nederburg II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

What style of South African Cabernet Sauvignon should be celebrated going forwards? The 2013 vintage of Nederburg II Centuries Cabernet Sauvignon recently received the Warren Winiarski Trophy for best in category at this year’s International Wine & Spirit Competition but did not fare as well in the Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report released earlier in the […]

November 20, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: Nederburg and the challenges of effective branding

It’s a debate of relevance – probably unresolvable except by time – to countries as well as big brands: Does a reputation for lower quality wines drag down the overall image, despite significant top performers? Or do those top performers raise the image, pulling up the lesser stuff? The question has obvious connections to South […]

November 20, 2017
by Tim James
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Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards 2017

The top 10 restaurants for 2017according to the guide Eat Out are: 1. The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town) 2. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria) 3. The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West) 4. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia, Cape Town) 5. Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort (Constantia, Cape Town) 6. Camphors at Vergelegen […]

November 20, 2017
by Christian
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