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Tim James: How long to mature modern SA wine?

A recent tasting of local 2005s was well covered by its organiser, Angela Lloyd (here), and Christian Eedes (here). So I won’t talk about the wines, except to say that I expected more of them to show well than did; I want, rather, to point out how much “experts” (including winemakers) still have to learn [...]

May 4, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Zonnebloem Cabernet 1965

Among the 21 reds shown at the Old South African Wine Tasting prior to the judging of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine, three vintages of Zonnebloem Cabernet Sauvignon, namely 1965, 1969 and 1970 were probably the stand-out wines. Steven Spurrier, the man who organised the “Judgement of Paris” Wine Tasting in 1976 and on this [...]

May 4, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Oude Libertas Dry Steen 1980

Yesterday the Old South African Wine Tasting which traditionally marks the start of judging at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Whites have to be at least 15 years from vintage and reds at least 20 and yesterday there were a total of 32 wines on show, of which 11 were white and 21 red. [...]

May 4, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: On wines with soul

At a recent tasting of Stellenzicht’s range of wines we asked: can you taste the soul of a wine? Gregarious winemaker Guy Webber was standing at the head of the table talking about the fruit of his labour, and we were swirling his Plum Pudding Hill Syrah 2009 in our glasses. Yes, we nodded, you [...]

April 30, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Wine Cellar opens new tasting room

Wine Cellar, the Cape Town firm which brokers and cellars fine wine, used to conduct its tastings in an underground and, it must be said, slightly dingy room. Recently, however, this has changed. Space was found upstairs and interior design company Xperiencemakers were called in to lend a professional touch – the tasting room is [...]

April 30, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc 2014

Patatsfontein is a winemaking venture formed by Reenen Borman of Boschkloof, fund manager Henk Kotze and Fritz Schoon of the excellent artisan goods supplier Schoon De Companje in Stellenbosch. Around 2010, Schoon’s father-in-law gave up his Pretoria flooring business to buy a 1 200ha property in Montagu planted to peaches, apricots and some 15ha of [...]

April 30, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

David Donde: Instant coffee be damned

I am reading one of the most inspiring books of my entire life right now. The Slow Fix by Carl Honoré. Fitting I guess as I pen a piece on instant coffee. As Honoré points out, we live in a world addicted to speed. Captivated by the quick and easy. Instant coffee seems a very [...]

April 29, 2015
by David Donde
with 2 Comments

Bocca – restaurant review

The zucchini fries at Bocca are unmissable. They are cut like skinny chips, but tend to flop modestly. This is not a starchy, upright chip – all brisk posture and uniform texture. With their melting centres and tempura-type coating, these veggie fries offer light crunch and a fresh but velvety filling. The accompanying herb mayonnaise [...]

April 29, 2015
by Daisy Jones
with 0 Comments
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