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Neil Ellis Grenache 2012

It was International Grenache Day this past Friday and to mark the occasion Neil Ellis Wines hosted a vertical tasting of its wine from this variety. Grapes come from a Piekenierskloof block planted in 1954 – bush vines, ungrafted and not irrigated. It’s 2.5ha and size and thanks to the “haasbek” (gaps in plantings were [...]

September 22, 2014
by Christian
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Boplaas Touriga Nacional Family Reserve 2012

The entry on Jancisrobinson.com for Touriga Nacional reads as follows: “The most famous port variety grown also in the Dão region, and producing extremely concentrated, dark, tannic wines with a distinctive floral note in youth” and Boplaas Touriga Nacional Family Reserve 2012 is on the money. A blend of 65% Stellenbosch, 23% Wellington and 12% [...]

September 19, 2014
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2014 Amorim MCC Challege Results

The results of the 14th annual Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge are as follows: Best Vintage Brut, Overall Winner: Domaines des Dieux 2009 Best Brut Non-Vintage: Lords Best Rosé Non-Vintage: Graham Beck Brut Rosé Best Rosé Vintage: Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2009 Best Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage: Colmant Brut Chardonnay Best Blanc de Blancs Vintage: [...]

September 18, 2014
by Christian
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Stellenzicht Rhapsody 2007

“If Veritas is the wine equivalent of the Currie Cup, then the International Wine and Spirit Competition is the World Cup,” was the recent memorable remark of Maryna Strachan, editor of Wine Extra, the IWSC’s media partner in South Africa. Stellenbosch property Stellenzicht obviously think the IWSC is pretty important as its currently boasting about [...]

September 18, 2014
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Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault 2013

The 2013 vintage of Seriously Cool Cinsault is the same smashable vein as the maiden 2012 (see here) if a teeny-weeny bit not as tight and focused. Grapes from Helderberg bush vines more than 40 years old, vinfication involving spontaneous, whole-bunch fermentation and nine months of maturation in 600-litre oak barrels, a combination of second- [...]

September 17, 2014
by Christian
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Coca-Cola

Yesterday as part of presentation by Georg Riedel of the Riedel Wine Glass Company, Coca-Cola from plastic mug and from dedicated Riedel glass to convey the message that your choice of drinking vessel makes a difference. Coca-Cola from plastic mug: Notes of lemon and caramel on the nose, the residual sugar hitting the palate hard [...]

September 17, 2014
by Christian
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Momento Tinta Barocca 2013

Marelise Jansen van Rensberg, winemaker at Beaumont in Bot River, makes her own wine under the Momento label.  Her Grenache 2011 was pretty smart (see here) and I recently got to try her Tinta Barocca 2013 From 40-year-old Bot River vines, it underwent spontaneously fermentation and was matured for 15 months in old French oak [...]

September 16, 2014
by Christian
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Quoin Rock The Nicobar 2011 vs Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2011

Yesterday an “Us vs Them” tasting – five pairs of wines, each consisting of something South African and something from elsewhere in the world. As is so often the case, our whites impressed more than our reds. Pair 1 : Quoin Rock The Nicobar 2011 vs Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2011 The Quoin Rock had elegance [...]

September 15, 2014
by Christian
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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.