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RisCura White Hot Wine Awards: Call for submissions

Announcing the fourth annual White Hot Wine Awards featuring Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends, convened by Winemag.co.za and sponsored by RisCura, a global financial services provider. A tasting is proposed to identify the best in the country and producers are invited to submit. Conditions of participation are: 1) wines submitted must be current release or soon to […]

July 25, 2016
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Crystallum Cuvée Cinema Pinot Noir 2015

The 2015s of Peter-Allan Finlayson’s various takes on Pinot Noir under the Crystallum label were recently released and suffice to say, the hype surrounding this vintage seems very much justified. Tasting notes and ratings as follows: Crystallum Peter Max Pinot Noir 2015 Wine Cellar price: R215 Grapes sourced from Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, Overberg and […]

July 27, 2016
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Michael Fridjhon: Should we still care about ageing wine?

“And no man having drunk old wine desireth new; for he saith, ‘The old is good.’” The Gospels were clear on the value and importance of mature wine. Two thousand years later, in this, as in all matters intangible, there is less certainty. Retailers report that customers regularly reject the older vintages of a particular […]

July 27, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
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Who’s making SA’s best wine and how much should you spend for it?

The market is not monolithic and for every consumer who wants light-bodied, low-alcohol, 100% whole-bunch fermentation Grenache which can be served from the fridge, there is equally somebody who wants a super-concentrated, 100% new oak matured Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux-style red blend to go with his 600g rib-eye. What is interesting, however, is that the […]

July 27, 2016
by Christian
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Rhebokskloof Cellar Selection Bosstok Chenin Blanc 2015

How much to expect from unwooded Chenin Blanc? The Cellar Selection Bosstok 2015 from Rhebokskloof in Paarl comes from not particularly old vineyards [I’ve subsequently been informed that grapes were from two blocks, one 19 years old and the other 28] and features pretty conventional winemaking, fermentation occurring via inoculation in tank but I think […]

July 26, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: On being a taster for Platter’s

I’m so used to people thinking that tasting wines for Platter’s’s can only be a drunken, hedonistic delight that I was greatly pleased the other day when someone asked if it didn’t sometimes become just a chore. The experience, in fact, while not always pure delight, is often exciting, invariably at least interesting. Though the […]

July 26, 2016
by Tim James
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Recipe: Beef Bourguignon

A classic French stew. Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil 800g-1kg beef chuck steak, cubed 2 tbsp (30ml) flour 125g bacon, diced 8 pickling onions, peeled 2 carrots, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, finely sliced 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 4 sprigs of thyme 200g portabella mushrooms, cleaned and left whole ¼ cup […]

July 25, 2016
by Christian
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Nederburg Private Bin Eminence 2012

The Private Bin Eminence 2012 from Nederburg continues to pick up awards most recently placing among the top 10 at the Muscats du Monde competition in France having also won the trophy for best unfortified dessert wine at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and national sweet wine trophy at the International Wine Challenge. […]

July 25, 2016
by Christian
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The Fledge & Co. Red 2014

According to SAWIS, Touriga Franca was South Africa’s 79th most planted variety with 2.54ha in the ground at the end of 2015, which makes the Red 2014 from Leon Coetzee-Margaux Nel initiative known as The Fledge & Co. particularly exotic, it being a blend of 45% Touriga Franca, 40% Touriga Nacional and 15% Syrah, sourced […]

July 25, 2016
by Christian
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