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Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2013

All the wines in the top-end 21 Gables range from Spier are designed to ravish rather than seduce. Tasting the current-releases again yesterday, I thought the Chenin Blanc 2013 was the most successful. From Tygerberg grapes, it has an abv of 14.5% and was matured for 14 months in 400-litre barrels, 75% new. On the [...]

December 19, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Takumi – restaurant review

There was a time when sushi lovers flocked to Minato, just off Cape Town’s Long Street. With a tattoo parlour as a neighbour, tacky décor and a ramshackle front, it was the definition of ‘hole in a wall’. But the sushi was legendary and night after night it was packed to capacity. Hatsushiro Muraoka, better [...]

December 18, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Joanne Gibson: Louis XVI and Constantia

“Let them eat cake.” Ever since (not) uttering those famous words, Marie Antoinette has been associated with decadence so extreme that blame for the French Revolution has been placed squarely on her buffed, bejewelled and, as it turned out, abruptly headless shoulders. But claims trotted out over the years that she drank Constantia had always [...]

December 18, 2014
by Joanne Gibson
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The Pot Luck Club – restaurant review

At the risk of sounding like a Dale-Roberts groupie, I’d call the meal I ate at The Pot Luck Club faultless. Every dish was unique and every aspect of every dish was technically perfect. That’s pretty impressive considering we had at least 12 plates of food between four of us. The smoked pork belly (with [...]

December 17, 2014
by Daisy Jones
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Fram Chenin Blanc 2013

Fram Wines takes its name from the wooden ship sailed by Norwegian explorers at the turn of the 20th century, and said to have traversed further north and further south than any other vessel of its kind. The winemaker behind Fram Wines is Thinus Krüger, previously of Fleur du Cap and Boschendal, and now committed [...]

December 16, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: On wine additives

Craig Hawkins has a great (and often quirky) sense of humour, but when he chose “Made from grapes” as the motto of his Testalonga wine-brand, he wasn’t joking. What he really means is “…and ONLY grapes” – though, bringing a touch of pragmatism to his idealism, he will add a judicious touch of preserving sulphur [...]

December 16, 2014
by Tim James
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Natte Valleij Dry Hanepoot 2014

Alex Milner (the Brit in Boer & Brit) reckons it’s time to rehabilitate Hanepoot and after discovering a vineyard planted in 1976 on alluvial soils in Simondium has made a dry version from the 2014 vintage under the label of the family farm Natte Valleij. It’s overtly grapey, as you might expect, but proves surprisingly [...]

December 15, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Joostenberg Small Batch Collection Touriga Nacional 2013

When Joostenberg winemaker Tyrrel Myburgh decided to put a barrel of Touriga Nacional from the 2013 vintage under the “Small Batch Collection” label on the basis that it was too interesting to blend away, he showed good judgement. Quite the most enticing nose – red and black cherry, a pronounced floral note plus a little [...]

December 15, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments
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