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Vergelegen White 2009

What is the drinking window for South Africa’s finest wines? The condition of entry for “Museum class” at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show is that  dry white wines be should at least four years old and all other wines (including sparkling wines) at least eight years old. Earlier this year, the Vergelegen “White” 2009 [...]

October 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: On Belfield and Elgin’s potential for high-quality reds

When Paul Cluver Estate some years back ceased bottling their cabernet grapes under their own label – to concentrate on whites and pinot – I thought it a good idea. Red wines from Elgin (pinot apart) seemed largely expendable, despite occasional exceptions – with the rarity of the exceptions making the point. That’s not to [...]

October 20, 2014
by Tim James
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Uitkyk Shiraz 2010

It’s been my contention for a while now that the wineries which make up Cape Legends, the premium wine brand division of Distell, under-perform and none more so than the five Lusan-owned: Le Bonheur, Uitkyk, Stellenzicht, Alto and Neethlingshof. Our biggest producer-wholesaler should be leading from the front and I’m therefore happy to say I [...]

October 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Recipe: Mustard-Braised Pork Neck with Prunes

I am prepared to travel vast distances and part with a fair amount of cash to buy the best farm-reared pork (the meat of happy pigs reared without growth hormones and steroids is way tastier than that from their pale and uninteresting mass-farmed cousins). Pork is a versatile meat that enjoys hearty, basic cooking methods [...]

October 20, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Vins d’Orrance Kama Chenin Blanc 2012

Christophe Durand arrived from France in 1995, establishing himself as an importer of barrels, but soon started making his own wine. He buys grapes from across the Cape, his Chenin Blanc coming from a Swartland vineyard planted in 1974. The 2012 shows yellow peach and a definite leesy note. It’s rich and thick textured despite [...]

October 19, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report 2014: Top 10 wines

The fourth annual Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report presented in conjunction with Sanlam Private Wealth is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 high-profile wines, either currently available or soon to be released, and then subjecting them to a blind tasting. The top 10 wines were as follows: FIVE STARS Hartenberg The Eleanor [...]

October 17, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Trizanne Signature Wines Syrah Reserve Syrah 2013

The hallmark of Trizanne Barnard’s wines seems to be her utter respect for fruit – what she makes is hardly mainstream but it isn’t wilfully alternative, either. Released this week is the Syrah Reserve Syrah 2013 – grapes from Elim, destemmed but not crushed, matured for 14 months in old French oak. The nose is [...]

October 16, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Nedbank Green Wine Awards 2014: results

Results of the sixth annual Nedbank Green Wine Awards were announced earlier today. There were 49 entries of wines from organically grown grapes and 104 entries of wines from BWI members. This year’s results (full coverage available with the November issue of Getaway): Best wines made from Organically Grown Grapes Best White, Best Wine Overall: [...]

October 16, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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.