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Spier Ideology Sauvignon Blanc 2012

A range of small-batch, experimental wines from Spier have started to appear under the “Ideology” label and I recently tasted to of them. Tasting notes and scores below: Spier Ideology Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Price: R132 W.O. Elim. Spontaneous fermentation and barrel matured. The nose shows yellow apple and honey plus some savoury undertones and this [...]

December 22, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Spier Creative Block 2 2013 vs 2014

Jacques Erasmus of Spier won Diners Club Winemaker of the Year in the category dry white blends with the 2014 vintage of his Creative Block 2 2014 but apparently the 2013 was also a finalist and in fact the wine that Erasmus and his winemaking colleagues thought was more likely to find favour with the [...]

December 19, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2013

All the wines in the top-end 21 Gables range from Spier are designed to ravish rather than seduce. Tasting the current-releases again yesterday, I thought the Chenin Blanc 2013 was the most successful. From Tygerberg grapes, it has an abv of 14.5% and was matured for 14 months in 400-litre barrels, 75% new. On the [...]

December 19, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Takumi – restaurant review

There was a time when sushi lovers flocked to Minato, just off Cape Town’s Long Street. With a tattoo parlour as a neighbour, tacky décor and a ramshackle front, it was the definition of ‘hole in a wall’. But the sushi was legendary and night after night it was packed to capacity. Hatsushiro Muraoka, better [...]

December 18, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Joanne Gibson: Louis XVI and Constantia

“Let them eat cake.” Ever since (not) uttering those famous words, Marie Antoinette has been associated with decadence so extreme that blame for the French Revolution has been placed squarely on her buffed, bejewelled and, as it turned out, abruptly headless shoulders. But claims trotted out over the years that she drank Constantia had always [...]

December 18, 2014
by Joanne Gibson
with 1 Comment

The Pot Luck Club – restaurant review

At the risk of sounding like a Dale-Roberts groupie, I’d call the meal I ate at The Pot Luck Club faultless. Every dish was unique and every aspect of every dish was technically perfect. That’s pretty impressive considering we had at least 12 plates of food between four of us. The smoked pork belly (with [...]

December 17, 2014
by Daisy Jones
with 0 Comments

Fram Chenin Blanc 2013

Fram Wines takes its name from the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian explorers at the turn of the 20th century, and said to have traversed further north and further south than any other vessel of its kind. The winemaker behind Fram Wines is Thinus Krüger, previously of Fleur du Cap and Boschendal, and now committed [...]

December 16, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

Tim James: On wine additives

Craig Hawkins has a great (and often quirky) sense of humour, but when he chose “Made from grapes” as the motto of his Testalonga wine-brand, he wasn’t joking. What he really means is “…and ONLY grapes” – though, bringing a touch of pragmatism to his idealism, he will add a judicious touch of preserving sulphur [...]

December 16, 2014
by Tim James
with 3 Comments
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