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Franschhoek Appellation Grand Prestige certification 2014

The inaugural announcement of wines qualifying for Franschhoek Appellation Grand Prestige status were announced earlier today at Foliage Restaurant. As Winemag.co.za editor, I performed the role of master of ceremonies. Here is my opening address: What is Appellation Grand Prestige? It’s a special designation for Franschhoek’s best wines – in an over-traded market, any way [...]

October 30, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Sequillo White 2013

Does Sequillo suffer from being rock star Eben Sadie’s lesser venture? Perhaps but one advantage of the label is that unlike Columella and Palladius, the average punter can just about afford the wines and another is unlike Die Ouwingerdreeks, it’s not utterly unobtainable. Tasting notes and scores of the current releases: Sequillo White 2013 Approximate [...]

October 30, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Môreson Knoputibak 2012

Is Franschhoek Semillon some kind of magic ingredient that automatically lifts your white blend from good to great? Chris Alheit’s Cartology has a dash of it as John Seccombe’s Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse. Clayton Reabow of Franschhoek cellar Môreson has come up with a wine called Knoputibak (“no-putty-back” – get it?) which sees Chardonnay [...]

October 30, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Swerwer 2013

Swerwer 2013 is my go-to mid-week wine at the moment. Made by Jasper Wickens, part of the team at AA Badenhorst Family Wines, it’s an entirely smashable red blend, components being 60% Cinsault, 25% Grenache and 15% Syrah. Wickens describes his approach as “simple winemaking with minimum intervention” – we’re talking 100% whole bunch and [...]

October 29, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Jordan Chenin Blanc 2013

The showcases put on by the Chenin Blanc Association every six months or so are a good idea in principle. They take the format of a formal tasting for media of a selection of members’ wines suited to the upcoming season – rich and ripe for winter; light and fresh for summer. The showcases serve [...]

October 28, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Fewer 5-Star wines in Platter’s: A necessary recalibration

So what are the surprises in this year’s list of Platter’s 5-star wines? Perhaps, firstly, that there are just 50 of them (plus one new brandy – only new brandies were tasted this year). That’s down from 80 wines last year. It’s a good move on the whole to tighten up standards, though I do [...]

October 27, 2014
by Tim James
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Platter’s 2015

Major achievers in Platter’s 2015: Winery of the Year Sadie Family Wines White Wine of the Year DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2013 Red Wine of the Year De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2012 Wines rated Five Stars:  Méthode Cap Classique Graham Beck  Blanc de Blancs Brut 2009 Chardonnay DeMorgenzon Reserve 2013 Iona 2013 Richard Kershaw Elgin 2013 [...]

October 27, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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South African restaurant winelists: Strengths and weaknesses

As the editor of a major restaurant guide, I’ve eaten in many, many restaurants this year. Most of the time this is a lovely thing to do but it does diminish that “special treat” feeling that going to a restaurant ought to engender. I have begun to see patterns where others see once-off occasions. It’s [...]

October 27, 2014
by Anna Trapido
with 1 Comment
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