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Journey’s End The Griffin Syrah 2012

Journey’s End Vineyards on the Schapenberg is owned by the Gabb family who know a thing or two about selling wine – Roger Gabb founded Western Wines in 1980, the company responsible for the hugely successful Kumala brand. When you consider the current Journey’s End range, however, it’s not clear what the vision for the [...]

March 31, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Steenberg The Black Swan Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Whereas the The Black Swan 2012 was 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2013 contains 10% unwooded Semillon and a very clever addition it is, too. The wine spent nine months on the lees and was only released in December last year. There’s plenty going on here –a  pleasing herbaceous top note which always seems to the [...]

March 30, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Lismore Chardonnay 2012

Farming on the slopes of the Riviersonderend mountains outside Greyton, Samantha O’Keefe has been making a name for herself with her Viognier but her Chardonnay 2012 is right up there, too. Matured in a combination of 225-litre and 300-litre barrels for 11 months, the wine shows citrus, oatmeal, some leesy complexity and a touch of [...]

March 30, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Interview: Eben Bezuidenhoud – Groot Bos Private Nature Reserve Sommelier

How did you become interested in wine? I grew up in one of South Africa’s most exciting wine regions, namely Walker Bay. During high school there were a lot of vineyards being planted, cellars built and estates developed. So it seemed like an exciting and creative industry to build a career in – a decision [...]

March 30, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: Not one industry but two

Writing a blog on Grape about hard times for some southern hemisphere wine producers (including a South Africa which has maybe more elements of good news thrown in right now), it struck me, not for the first time, how difficult it is to make generalisations about “the  South African wine industry” – perhaps any wine [...]

March 30, 2015
by Tim James
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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
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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
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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 2 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.