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Cape Point Vineyards Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2023

The winners in the 2014 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 competition are as follows: Anura Reserve Unfiltered 2013 Boschendal 1685 Grand Vin Blanc 2014 Brampton 2014 Cape Point Vineyards Reserve 2013 Du Plevaux Private Collection 2014 (Imbuko) Hermit on the Hill The Infidel 2012 KWV The Mentors Darling 2013 Nederburg Arnold Graue The Young Airhawk [...]

October 22, 2014
by Christian
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Aubergine – restaurant review

Being in Aubergine is a bit like being in Business Class. It doesn’t feel like anyone’s paying for it themselves. In my experience, you’re in Business Class because the company is paying, because you had enough frequent flyer miles to upgrade, or because you got a good deal with the foreign exchange rate. So it [...]

October 22, 2014
by Daisy Jones
with 1 Comment

Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2012

Favourite wine at Caroline’s White Wine Review 2014 last night was the Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2012. From Franschhoek vineyards, one block planted in 1902 and another in 1942, this is real “vieilles vignes” stuff. Harvest started about two weeks later than average and winemaker Jean Smit says that it was the first time some of the [...]

October 22, 2014
by Christian
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Iona Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Last night the annual White Wine Review hosted by Cape Town retailer Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar at the Table Bay Hotel.  A stand-out wine for me was the Sauvignon Blanc 2014 from Iona in Elgin. Harvest was late by South African standards, stretching from mid-March to early April and the benefits of this are clear [...]

October 22, 2014
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Ouwingerdreeks Skurfberg Olifantsrivier 2009

Another post on the topic of when SA’s best wines provide optimal drinking. Skurfberg is a Chenin Blanc from Olifantsrivier grapes and part of Eben Sadie’s Ouwingerdreeks and when I drank the 2009 vintage some three years ago, I suggested that it was “very fine but short of greatness”, scoring it 16.5/20, which is roughly [...]

October 21, 2014
by Christian Eedes
with 1 Comment

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
with 2 Comments

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
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.