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The Carnivore – restaurant review

The Carnivore is the sort of restaurant that seems to exist solely to be photographed for in-flight magazines. It presents a portrait of Africa that those of us who live here do not recognise. This is either a strength or weakness depending on one’s point of view. My seven-year-old son got a great school report [...]

April 19, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Kaapzicht The 1947 Chenin Blanc 2014

The maiden 2013 vintage of the The 1947 Chenin Blanc 2014 from Stellenbosch property Kaapzicht rated 94 points and was one of my top 20 wines of last year. Winemaker Danie Steytler Junior recently afforded me a sneak preview of the 2014 and I have to say I think it’s even better than the 2013. [...]

April 17, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 2 Comments

How does Morgenster stack up against Bordeaux?

At the launch of the Morgenster 2011 yesterday, six wines tasted blind by a gathering of some 50 people from the wine trade and media. Here’s how I ranked them: 1. Chateau Leoville Poyferre 2002 – Second Growth, St Julien Average Wine-searcher.com price: R984 Red and black fruit plus a slight maritime quality. Lovely fruit [...]

April 16, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Morgenster 2011

Yesterday, the launch of the 2011 vintage of the flagship wine from Morgenster with winemaker Henry Kotzé plus Cheval Blanc managing director Pierre Lurton as well as that property’s winemaker Pierre-Olivier Clouet presenting – the Cheval Blanc technical team having played a consulting role at Morgenster since inception. “We look for freshness, balance, ageing potential [...]

April 16, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment

Top 100 SA Wines 2015 – Results

Results of the Top 100 SA Wines 2015 competition convened by Robin von Holdt of Buybetterwine.com and chaired by Tim Atkin MW were announced last night. According to the official media release, there were 500 entries from 140 wineries. White wines enjoyed a total listing of 38, red wines 52, Natural Sweet four, Cap Classique [...]

April 16, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Pesce Azzurro – restaurant review

It bodes well when most of the patrons in the restaurant are speaking Italian. At the big table in the corner are a trio of magnificently groomed Italian men. Over there are another three Italian men, younger, with fewer pairs of designer spectacles between them. Between the pillar and the wall, three Italian women have [...]

April 15, 2015
by Daisy Jones
with 1 Comment

Black Elephant Vintners Brut MCC

Franschhoek producer Black Elephant Vintners has released its maiden vintage Brut MCC and it’s a fine effort. A blend of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir, it spent 12 months on its primary lees in tank before a further 20 months in bottle before disgorgement. It shows citrus, peach and a subtle honey-on-toast quality. Rich [...]

April 15, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Tim James: Do consumers inevitably trade up?

It would probably be read as a confession if I say that, as a wine critic, I am neither a nationalist nor a patriot. My delight in the improving quality of Cape wine is partly a satisfaction in seeing advances anywhere, partly that this is a revolution I can enjoy close-up, partly that I now [...]

April 14, 2015
by Tim James
with 3 Comments
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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.