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Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: On wines with soul

At a recent tasting of Stellenzicht’s range of wines we asked: can you taste the soul of a wine? Gregarious winemaker Guy Webber was standing at the head of the table talking about the fruit of his labour, and we were swirling his Plum Pudding Hill Syrah 2009 in our glasses. Yes, we nodded, you [...]

April 30, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Wine Cellar opens new tasting room

Wine Cellar, the Cape Town firm which brokers and cellars fine wine, used to conduct its tastings in an underground and, it must be said, slightly dingy room. Recently, however, this has changed. Space was found upstairs and interior design company Xperiencemakers were called in to lend a professional touch – the tasting room is [...]

April 30, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Patatsfontein Chenin Blanc 2014

Patatsfontein is a winemaking venture formed by Reenen Borman of Boschkloof, fund manager Henk Kotze and Fritz Schoon of the excellent artisan goods supplier Schoon De Companje in Stellenbosch. Around 2010, Schoon’s father-in-law gave up his Pretoria flooring business to buy a 1 200ha property in Montagu planted to peaches, apricots and some 15ha of [...]

April 30, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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David Donde: Instant coffee be damned

I am reading one of the most inspiring books of my entire life right now. The Slow Fix by Carl Honoré. Fitting I guess as I pen a piece on instant coffee. As Honoré points out, we live in a world addicted to speed. Captivated by the quick and easy. Instant coffee seems a very [...]

April 29, 2015
by David Donde
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Bocca – restaurant review

The zucchini fries at Bocca are unmissable. They are cut like skinny chips, but tend to flop modestly. This is not a starchy, upright chip – all brisk posture and uniform texture. With their melting centres and tempura-type coating, these veggie fries offer light crunch and a fresh but velvety filling. The accompanying herb mayonnaise [...]

April 29, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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David Aristargos 2014

On show at the Swartland Independent Wyn, Kos en Kultuur Skou this past Saturday were new vintages from David and Nadia Sadie. I’ve always considered the white blend Aristargos superior to the single-varietal Chenin Blanc but I think this time around they’ve closed the gap considerably. David Chenin Blanc 2014 Approximate retail price: R220 Pear, [...]

April 29, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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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
with 1 Comment

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
with 2 Comments
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