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Landau du Val Semillon 2013

“The only thing older than Basil Landau in Franschhoek are his vines,” says Ludwig Maske of La Cotte Inn, the town’s renowned wine and cheese shop. Landau, now 85, and wife Jane bought Landau du Val in 1986, plantings on the property including a 5ha block of Semillon planted in 1905. Yesterday was the launch [...]

June 30, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: Young guns, old hands and Uva Mira

I daresay I’m as much to blame as anyone for encouraging skewed perspectives, but I hope I show, in my more sober moments, that I realise that the new and path-breaking achievements are not the only valuable developments in Cape wine. If you don’t realise this, if you continually search for “young guns” to shoot [...]

June 29, 2015
by Tim James
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KWV The Mentors Grenache Blanc 2010

Yesterday a bottle of Mentors Grenache Blanc 2010 from KWV. It was one of my top 12 wines of 2011 and it seems it’s only getting better in bottle. First, a remark about the colour which is still remarkably youthful being pale yellow with a green tinge. As for aromas and flavours, it showed citrus, [...]

June 29, 2015
by Christian
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Restaurant review: Ritrovo Ristorante

Fashion and proximity to where food critics live plays more of a role than it ought to in the awarding of prizes. There are some mediocre restaurants that turn up in the ‘best of’ lists year after year like bad pennies. And then there are some superb restaurants, like Ritrovo in Pretoria, that are consistently [...]

June 28, 2015
by Anna Trapido
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Lomond Cat’s Tail Syrah 2012

UK restaurant critic A.A. Gill once observed that “(c)ritics may well be like eunuchs in a harem who know how it’s done, having seen it done every day, they just don’t fancy having it done to them”. And, I’m afraid, the Cat’s Tail Syrah 2012 from Lomond in Gansbaai needs to get done. Winner of [...]

June 27, 2015
by Christian
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Simonsig Tiara 2011

If you launch a single-variety Cabernet Sauvignon at R1 375 a bottle as Simonsig did recently in the shape of The Garland 2008, what does it say about your flagship Bordeaux-style red blend? “Cabernet Sauvignon has to come from the right address,” says cellarmaster Johan Malan. “It’s got a long list of requirements [to be [...]

June 26, 2015
by Christian
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Restaurant review: Open Door

On a dark night in early June, during loadshedding, a friend and I were accommodated at Open Door without a booking. I doubt we’ll be so lucky again. Open Door had only been open a matter of days when we visited. Word is sure to have got out by now about Neil Grant, Barry Engelbrecht [...]

June 25, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2013

Food, art and culture are given much prominence at La Motte in Franschhoek so it’s sometimes difficult to know what to think about the wines but the two current releases in the top-end Pierneef Collection are impressive. Tasting notes and scores below: Pierneef Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Price: R120 W.O. Cape South Coast – grapes from [...]

June 25, 2015
by Christian
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