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Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013

Yesterday I presented a tasting for five novice wine enthusiasts. Three pairs of wines chosen to be as stylistically as far apart as possible: Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2014 vs Simonsig Chenin Avec Chêne 2010, Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013 and Knorhoek Pantére Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 vs Guardian Peak Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon [...]

July 30, 2015
by Christian
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David Donde: Better beans – defining coffee quality

Quality sadly is too often reduced to a label printed on the front of a tin of the cheapest of instant coffees. That clearly isn’t right, is it? So what is quality coffee? Damned if the answer doesn’t require perspective. If you were hoping for a definitive response, you will have to read on and [...]

July 29, 2015
by David Donde
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Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 2011

Are we under-rating our new-wave reds? And are local consumers paying enough for them? By way of calibration, a bottle of Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 2011, R295 a bottle from Joostenberg Deli in Stellenbosch. Crozes a lesser appellation to Hermitage itself, Graillot one of the better growers, 2011 a good but not great vintage. So how [...]

July 29, 2015
by Christian
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Daschbosch Steen 2014

Daschbosch is one of the cellars which make up the Breedekloof collective known as uniWines and it’s another with a wine that forms part of the Chenin Blanc Initiative. Grapes come from a 14 year old vineyard, the wine fermented and matured for eight months in old oak. Really expressive on the nose – a [...]

July 29, 2015
by Christian
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Bergsig Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014

Bergsig is another of the nine Breedekloof wineries which have committed to the so-called Chenin Blanc Initiative aimed at uplifting the image of district. Grapes come from a vineyard approximately 24 years old, natural ferment and matured for some eight months in 300-litre French oak barrels, 90% new. It’s a provocative wine. Some will no [...]

July 28, 2015
by Christian
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The RisCura White Hot Wine Awards 2015: Call for submissions

Announcing the third annual White Hot Wine Awards featuring Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends, convened by Winemag.co.za and sponsored by RisCura, a global financial services provider. A tasting is proposed to identify the best in the country and producers are invited to submit. Conditions of participation are: 1) wines submitted must be current release or soon to [...]

July 27, 2015
by Christian
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Tim James: SA legends vs the world

A most remarkable tasting was held in Cape Town last Friday evening. Some 15 people paid quite a bit of money to sit down at a table at Aubergine restaurant and work though five pairs of wines – one South African and one foreign in each pair. The oldest two wines were from 1948, the [...]

July 27, 2015
by Tim James
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Breëland Chenin Blanc Royal 2014

How to lose the image of being an area capable only of commodity wine? Breedekloof recently launched the Chenin Blanc Initiative, which sees nine wineries in the district launching examples of Chenin Blanc from the 2014 vintage positioned very much as fine wines. Opstal is one of those involved and this producer must have provided [...]

July 27, 2015
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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