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Tamboerskloof Syrah 2011

When the fashion of the day when it comes to Shiraz/Syrah is to move towards greater freshness (whether using some whole-bunch fermentation or not), the recently released Tamboerskloof 2011 from Kleinnood in Stellenbosch is pretty retro, which is to say rich, full and already quite mellow. Including 5% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier, it was matured [...]

March 6, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Van Loveren Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The crew at Van Loveren in Robertson pride themselves on being the first to get a wine of any particular year to market and they seem to have done it again. Grapes for its Sauvignon Blanc 2015 were harvested between 15 and 22 January and a media release announcing the release of the wine was [...]

March 6, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Solms-Delta Picnic – review

We are back at Solms-Delta for a picnic. Today we’re under a tree by the river. We’ve laid our picnic blankets on this exact spot twice before. We’ve also eaten on the lawns near the bamboo forest and another time near the lily-topped dam. The children are up to their undies in the river, launching [...]

March 5, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Glen Carlou The Curator’s Collection Chenin Blanc 2013

The Curator’s Collection series – consisting of a Chenin Blanc 2013 and a Pinot Noir 2011 – by Arco Laarman of Glen Carlou was a finalist in the recent Wine Label Design Awards. The idea here is “wine as art” – human agency coming into play to create a masterpiece. Nice concept, nice enough execution. [...]

March 5, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Jeanri-Tine Van Zyl: On biodynamics and our place in the universe

American author Charles Bukowski wrote: “They say that nothing is wasted: either that or it all is.” I was reminded of this quote watching Samsara, the 2011 non-narrative documentary film which explores the life and death cycles of man and its egotistical ‘possessions’. It is a film (some call it a guided meditation) which to [...]

March 4, 2015
by Jeanri-Tine van Zyl
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Newton Johnson Elgin Pinot Noir 2009 vs Newton Johnson “D” Pinot Noir 2009

When the Elgin Pinot Noir 2009 from Newton Johnson was reviewed by Angela Lloyd for the 2011 edition of Platter’s, she rated it 4½ Stars while the Domaine Pinot Noir 2009 (from fruit grown on the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde property) was nominated for 5 Stars and subsequently endorsed. Revisiting them nearly five years on, they’re both [...]

March 4, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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The Foundry Roussanne 2013

The Roussanne from Vieilles Vignes (“Old Vines) from southern Rhône producer Beaucastel is the stuff of legend. What might be wrought from the variety here? Total plantings at the end of 2013 amounted to 51.96ha, making it SA’s 45th most planted variety. The Foundry 2013 is the own label of Meerlust winemaker Chris Williams and [...]

March 3, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Recipe: Boeuf bourguignon

The classic boeuf bourguignon recipe calls for a hearty slosh of Pinot Noir in the sauce. If your palate and wallet recoil at the idea of pouring a real Burgundy into your stew, a good quality local version will offer up equivalently aromatic elements. RECIPE Stew 170g un-sliced bacon 1 T olive oil 1.3kg lean [...]

March 2, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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