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Graham Beck Bowed Head Chenin Blanc 2011

If anybody thinks that the re-birth of Chenin Blanc is complete, then you only have to look at the dearth of examples available on your average restaurant wine list to realise that there’s still a long way to go. Still, there’s no quibbling about the quality to be had and so presumably it’s only a [...]

April 2, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Tim Martin Wines Mothership Chenin Blanc 2014

After studying first engineering and then accountancy, Tim Martin ended up being a fund manager in London. When the financial crisis of the late 2000s came around, a “forced sabbatical” ensued and he decided to pursue his studies in wine, first doing courses through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and then signing up for [...]

April 2, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: Time is the new money

Time. It has become the most precious commodity of our generation.  Owning your own limited hours on earth – instead of signing them over to an employer who tells you when you can use your days to do the things you actually want to do – is gold.  However, somewhere we’ve come to believe that [...]

April 1, 2015
by Jeanri-Tine van Zyl
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Daisy Jones: Casual eatery disappointments

I’m not one for kvetching, but when you order a meal that makes you wretch, there’s something to be said. I’m talking to you, Melissa’s in Constantia, and the topic of my address is “the double bacon disaster”. The first time, the bacon was so overcooked – each rasher a cringing twist of burnt shard [...]

April 1, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Scali Syrah 2008

I nominated the Syrah 2008 from Scali in the Voor-Paardeberg for 5 Stars in the 2012 edition of Platter’s but unfortunately my colleagues didn’t agree with me. Be that as it may, I’m happy to report a bottle opened last night showed beautifully. Typical Syrah aromatics of red and black fruit, fynbos and a slight [...]

April 1, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Intellego Syrah 2014

The single vineyard Intellego Kolbroek 2013 made by Jurgen Gouws is knock-out (see here). Slightly less demanding but still very pleasing is the Intellego Syrah 2014. It comes in at about R145 a bottle compared to R170 for the Kolbroek and is made from grapes sourced from two vineyards – one on granite situated on [...]

April 1, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Yonder Hill Inanda 2008

What to make of Yonder Hill, the farm situated on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West? Frikkie and Danila Naudé acquired it in 1997 and it’s steadily trucked along since then without really every scaling any great heights of quality. It’s a small farm with only some 6ha under vine, the experienced Abé Beukes [...]

March 31, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Dax Villanueva: Three things you need to stop believing about olive oil

1. Imported oil is better than local oil The Mediterranean, especially countries like Spain, Greece and Italy, has a long heritage of olives and olive oil. Some of their trees are thousands of years old and they have been making table olives and olive oil for just as long. With all that experience, you’d expect [...]

March 31, 2015
by Dax Villanueva
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Wine magazine was published from October 1993 until September 2011 and now lives on in digital form as Winemag.co.za. We cover everything to do with South African wine.