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Hartenberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

“Cabernet Sauvignon is the ‘underdog variety’ relative to Shiraz at Hartenberg,” says winemaker Carl Schultz before presenting a multi-vintage tasting of the wine. That might be so, but it didn’t stop the 2010 vintage from winning the international trophy for Bordeaux varietals under £15 at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards. Wines on show yesterday [...]

November 25, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2014

I sometimes despair at how lacklustre the wines of our major producer-wholesaler Distell are  but there’s nothing wrong with the Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (approximate retail price: R100 a bottle). Indeed, it’s as fine an example of reductively made, clean and fresh Savvy you could hope to find. From a combination of [...]

November 25, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: Torres Viña Sol – delicious and different

Luckily for those of us wine lovers with pockets in which the exchange-rate rand is getting prohibitively light, there’s plenty of local stuff to provide pleasure, interest and even excitement. Though some of it is not exactly cheap (except by international standards) and some is now getting hard to find. Neither price nor rarity has [...]

November 25, 2014
by Tim James
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Reyneke Reserve White 2013

Geeks like to scoff at Sauvignon Blanc for being excessively simple but while Reyneke Reserve White is entirely from this variety, the fact that it is made according to biodymanic principles, the wine undergoing spontaneous fermentation in barrel means even the obsessive wine enthusiast has been known to drink it. The 2013 shows lime, white [...]

November 24, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Dollhouse – restaurant review

Anyone who grew up in Johannesburg (or, as in my case, wishes that they did) has a Dollhouse memory. The origins of this iconic Highland’s North roadhouse are unclear but there are photographs of the venue (complete with moving waiters looking blurred and ghost-like in the long exposure) dating back to 1940 – so, that’s [...]

November 24, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Delaire Graff Laurence Graff Reserve 2011

Does South Africa’s best wine get the price it deserves in world terms? Laurence Graff Reserve 2011 from Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch sells for R2 000 a bottle but man, it’s good. A barrel selection from the Cab Reserve, only 1 400 bottles were made. There’s  3% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec in the [...]

November 22, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2012

There were 25 examples of Shiraz/Syrah nominated for 5 Stars in Platter’s 2015 and it fell to Grape.co.za founder Tim James, sommelier-at-large Higgo Jacobs and me tasting blind to either endorse these or not. Wine assessment is often humbling and particularly so in this instance. Out of the five wines we as a trio anointed [...]

November 21, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Spioenkop 1900 Pinotage 2013

Spioenkop, tended by Belgian couple Koen and Hannelore Roose, is one of the newer Elgin properties – own vineyards established in 2008 and first bottlings (featuring bought-in fruit) in 2010. Roose brings a particular aesthetic to bear on his wines so that even when they are not entirely successful, they are still fascinating. All the [...]

November 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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