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Tim James: Grape variety of the year

I was wondering if I could find the energy, in the midst of late-year-in-Cape-Town torpor, to rustle up a list of my top local wines of the year… An alternative occurred to me: grape variety/style of the year. The answer to that is easy: shiraz/syrah. It’s not a revolution in wine-critical thought, of course, to [...]

December 23, 2014
by Tim James
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Wine trends for 2015

It’s the end of the year which brings with it awkward office parties, dysfunctional family holidays and endless predictions of what the next year will hold across all fields of endeavour. Since nobody really has any idea what the future holds, looking back on these in twelve months down the line often leads to a [...]

December 22, 2014
by David Cope
with 2 Comments

Sutherland Viognier Roussanne 2011

The Viognier Roussane blend from Thelema’s Elgin vineyard called Sutherland first came to prominence when the 2009 vintage won gold at the 2011 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. Current release is 2011 (R100 a bottle) and it’s again a particularly characterful wine. A blend of 79% Viognier and 21% Roussanne, it was fermented and matured [...]

December 22, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Babylonstoren Viognier 2014

Paarl property Babylonstoren, with its hotel and spa, restaurants, formal gardens and shopping, is all set to be one of the premier upmarket winelands destinations. There must therefore be some pressure on winemaker Charl Coetzee to deliver suitably deluxe wines… The Viognier 2014, featuring the winery’s trademark minimalist packaging, unfortunately does not set the heart [...]

December 22, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Springfield Miss Lucy 2014

From those wonderful folks in Robertson who gave you Life from Stone Sauvignon Blanc, comes a white blend which is impossible not to like. Consisting of 46% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon and 19% Pinot Gris, it has a wonderfully enticing nose of lime, white peach and especially grapefruit as well as quite pretty top notes [...]

December 22, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Flames at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff – restaurant review

Eating the occasional not-very-good meal is an occupational hazard of being a food writer. As occupational hazards go, there are worse ways to earn a crust. Mostly I ignore disappointing dinners and focus instead on the many more interesting offerings out there.  It is the combination of poor food and eye-wateringly expensive prices that stirs [...]

December 22, 2014
by Anna Trapido
with 5 Comments

Spier Ideology Sauvignon Blanc 2012

A range of small-batch, experimental wines from Spier have started to appear under the “Ideology” label and I recently tasted to of them. Tasting notes and scores below: Spier Ideology Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Price: R132 W.O. Elim. Spontaneous fermentation and barrel matured. The nose shows yellow apple and honey plus some savoury undertones and this [...]

December 22, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Spier Creative Block 2 2013 vs 2014

Jacques Erasmus of Spier won Diners Club Winemaker of the Year in the category dry white blends with the 2014 vintage of his Creative Block 2 2014 but apparently the 2013 was also a finalist and in fact the wine that Erasmus and his winemaking colleagues thought was more likely to find favour with the [...]

December 19, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments
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