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Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1996 vs Kanonkop CWG 1997

Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight, as the saying goes, and so when I suggested to Keith Prothero, former investor in Mullineux Family Wines and all-round wine enthusiast, that I would bring a bottle of Kanonkop CWG 1997 to lunch, he countered with Pauillac Second Growth Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1996. Both [...]

April 28, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Paardebosch Pinotage 2012

While the wines of David and Nadia Sadie under the David label are quickly becoming established as among the very finest in the land, Sadie is now also winemaker at the Swartland property Paardebosch and it is going to be interesting to see what transpires under his tenure. Over the weekend a look at the [...]

April 28, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Tim James: The Swartland Independent Wyn, Kos en Kultuur Skou 2015 reviewed

The Swartland Independent Producers were strutting their stuff in Riebeek-Kasteel last Saturday – and a great show it was. They drifted into Afrikaans and called it the “Wyn, kos en kultuur skou”. As to the elements in the name, apart from the almost universally excellent wine, the food seemed to be a monopoly of extremely [...]

April 27, 2015
by Tim James
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Recipe: Homemade tacos with pulled chicken and black beans

The perfect taco should be crisp but not shatter into a dozen pieces with the first bite. The best way to achieve this elusive crispness is to flash-fry the freshest corn tortillas, working them into their iconic pocket shape as they fry. The result is nothing short of genius and perhaps one of the reasons [...]

April 27, 2015
by Dean Ehrlich
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Silwervis Chenin Blanc 2012

The Silwervis wines as made by Ryan Mostert, previously assistant at Reyneke in Stellenbosch, aren’t exactly breaking news but the Swartland Independent Wyn, Kos en Kultuur Skou held this past Saturday was the first time I engaged with them properly and I was particularly taken with the Chenin Blanc 2012 (available from Wine Cellar at [...]

April 27, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Rust en Vrede Estate 2007

The Estate 2007 from Stellenbosch property Rust en Vrede was all “shock and awe” last night and I liked it despite myself. A blend of 61% Cab, 30% Shiraz and 9% Merlot, it has an abv of 15% as stated on the back label. Pitch black in colour and a gorgeous nose of red and [...]

April 25, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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David Bristow: The cottages at Beaumont Wines

On moving to the Cape around three decades ago, having explored most of the mountains of the region, what next gave me unlimited pleasure was spending weekends in the winelands. Lucky for me I was married (back then) to someone in the wine business so the world was a Champagne swilled oyster. These days it [...]

April 24, 2015
by David Bristow
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Val de Vie Seventeen Eighty Three 2009

Call me cynical but a wine from Paarl lifestyle estate Val de Vie with former Olympic gold medalist Ryk Neethling as frontman and its Champagne-sponsored polo events doesn’t immediately inspire confidence. However, when after a bottle of the 2009 vintage Rhône-style red blend called Seventeen Eighty Three (supposedly after the year the property was first [...]

April 24, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment
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