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Is SA Shiraz world class?

Back in October last year, I had an exchange on Twitter with UK wine writer Tim Atkin MW suggesting that for all the advances made by South African wine in recent times, we were still a way off the very best in the world.  “I’d happily put a top wine from @MullineuxWines up against the [...]

March 29, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 6 Comments

La Bri Affinity 2012

Franschhoek winery La Bri features botanical line drawings on its labels and the series won silver at the recent Wine Label Design Awards. What of the wines? The Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 rated 5 Stars in the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Report and Irene Waller, who became winemaker here from Graham Beck in late 2010 is enthusiastic [...]

March 26, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment

Stellenzicht Plum Pudding Hill Syrah 2009

When it comes to Stellenbosch reds, 2007 and 2009 are highly regarded vintages on account of both being considerably cooler in the lead-up to harvest. Interestingly, however, the 2007 vintage of Plum Pudding Hill Syrah from Stellenzicht has an alcohol by volume of 15.19%, while the soon-to-be-released 2009 comes in significantly lower at 13.11% (no [...]

March 25, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Marthèlize Tredoux: Blegging – The rise of online advertorial

Blogging. Practically unheard of 20 years ago. Now every Tom, Dick and Jane has their own blog. The masses have taken to populating the internet with their every thought, on every imaginable (and unimaginable) topic, from “dear diary” blogs to business, science and – arguably most widely read – lifestyle. Lifestyle blogging in particular has [...]

March 25, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 2 Comments

Boekenhoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

If we measure vintages by how serious reds shaped in Stellenbosch and immediate surrounds, 2008 is generally considered “challenging” as a consequence of rain during harvest but Boekenhoutskloof was evidently on top of its game when it comes to its Cabernet Sauvignon from own vineyards in Franschhoek. It’s pretty full on: Four pickings across 17 [...]

March 24, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 3 Comments

Yardstick Chardonnay 2013

Yardstick is the collaboration between Mulderbosch winemaker Adam Mason and chef Peter Tempelhoff, the series consisting of a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir being finalists in the recent Wine Label Design Awards. Packaging is unfussy and contemporary and the same could be said of the wines. Tasting notes and scores as follows: Yardstick Chardonnay 2013 [...]

March 24, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Tim James: On the demise of the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative

One of the more pleasing things about South Africa’s generic marketing in the last decade has been the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (associated with the World Wildlife Fund). It’s gone far beyond public relations bluff and has achieved significant gains: many farmers have been encouraged to adopt biodiversity-friendly practices and also to set aside areas [...]

March 23, 2015
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

David Donde: On sourcing the best coffee

The great thing about coffee for me, besides the pursuit of the perfect cup, is the international coffee community. As with any geeky pursuit, the experts tend to be a small community – in some industries, living in competition with one another, and in the best, like coffee, trying to learn from one another. Sometimes, [...]

March 23, 2015
by David Donde
with 0 Comments
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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.