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Restaurant review: Graciales

The dessert board at Graciales might come as a surprise: A rich, fresh chocolate truffle, a lemon tart boasting all the right contrasts and a Turkish Delight good enough to convert those of us who’d normally shun it. Why the surprise? Well, because Graciales markets itself as a casual place to socialize over a drink [...]

July 8, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Rall White 2014

The Verdelho component in 2014 vintage of Donovan Rall’s white blend has been increased to some 30%, the other components being “50% Chenin Blanc, 3 – 4% Viognier and the balance Chardonnay”. In addition, the Verdelho, a variety known for having vibrant acidity, was picked relatively early while the Chenin involved three pickings, one effectively [...]

July 7, 2015
by Christian
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Interview: José Conde of Stark-Condé

  Born in the USA, José Conde moved to South Africa from Tokyo in 1997 because his wife Marie wanted to live closer to her parents who had bought Jonkershoek property Oude Nektar. He freely admits to having no winemaking qualifications (he holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and originally worked as a graphic [...]

July 6, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: A gift of Cab-Cinsaut

Wine journalists obviously – or should – draw a line between gifts and necessary samples. A clear, strong line, but even if you accept that it’s there and should be, not always easy to discern, and perhaps too often blurred by the receiver. Or the sender: A few months back I was irritated to receive [...]

July 6, 2015
by Tim James
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Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2014

Team Boekenhoutskloof is doing some pioneering work with top-end Swartland Syrah in the form of Porseleinberg but the Porcupine Ridge Syrah at the other end of the market shouldn’t be ignored either. The 2014 shows red fruit, purple flowers, spice and white pepper. In fact, it’s extraordinarily perfumed without being “stemmy”. It’s fabulously generous on [...]

July 6, 2015
by Christian
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The Foundry Grenache Blanc 2014

The Grenache Blanc 2014 (W.O. Voor Paardeberg) made under The Foundry label co-owned by Chris Williams of Meerlust defies a tasting note by flavour descriptors but it’s sensational. There’s a sense of stone fruit although it’s difficult to be more specific than that. What impresses about the wine is how it manages to be so [...]

July 6, 2015
by Christian
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Graham Beck Cuvée Clive 2009

Pieter Ferreira joined Graham Beck Wines in 1990 making this year his silver jubilee, celebrations ongoing. On Friday, lunch prepared by chef Duncan Doherty at The Flagship in Simon’s Town, each of the six courses paired with bubblies of different style and age. The Blanc de Blancs 2002 paired with the very first course of [...]

July 6, 2015
by Christian
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Dax Villanueva: The Story of The Yellow Tin

If I mention the name Badenhorst, you probably think of Adi Badenhorst and A.A. Badenhorst Family wines. Understandably so, as Badenhorst wines have developed quite a reputation and Adi himself is quite a character. But not many people know that just as the Badenhorst family has established itself as a significant player in the South [...]

July 3, 2015
by Dax Villanueva
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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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