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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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Lomond SMV 2013

Gansbaai property Lomond recently released the maiden 2013 vintage of a Rhône-inspired blend consisting of 72% Shiraz, 12% Mourvèdre and 6% Viognier (approximate retail price: R115 a bottle). The nose shows top notes of flowers and fynbos to go with red fruit and spice while the palate is medium bodied with zippy acidity and tannins [...]

November 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Kyoto Garden Sushi – restaurant review

Kyoto Garden Sushi has been having a good month. Four weeks ago it was rated five stars by Rossouw’s South African Restaurant Guide. This week, Eat Out voted Kyoto Garden SA’s Top Asian restaurant. Not bad for a gently-lit restaurant in a side street with a vibe that tends to quiet, not grandiosity. The sign [...]

November 20, 2014
by Daisy Jones
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Moderation required in the closure debate

The cork vs screwcap debate is in danger of becoming too polarised. During the recent Elgin White Wine Retrospective, a workshop convened by the Elgin Valley Wine Guild to analyse strengths and weaknesses of members’ current-release wines, there were two incidents which again illustrated that deciding on the most appropriate closure is no easy matter. [...]

November 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment
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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.
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